Alaqua Animal Refuge helps pets in other states
Alaqua Animal Refuge is known locally as a place where rescue pets go to recover.
The "no-kill" philosophy of the shelter has gotten the attention of the Bissell Pet Foundation, a national group that helps sponsor adoption days.
"The Bissell Pet Foundation organized groups from all over the country that came from as far away as California, Michigan, Nashville and Florida, and we actually were able to take out 180 animals from that shelter," said Alaqua Animal Refuge Founder Laurie Hood.
The foundation asked Alaqua to step in and help an animal shelter in Louisiana.
"We're going to place them all up for adoption next weekend and we're going to do a big Louisiana-themed adoption event, since we got them in the middle of Mardi Gras," said Hood.
With more dogs coming into the shelter, Alaqua has opened their emergency shelter to accommodate all the pets.
"In order for us to take in another large group of more than 17 animals, we've gone and taken our horse barn and added some of our emergency kennels in there," said Alissa Parsons, outside manager at Alaqua Animal Refuge.
But soon, the refuge will have a new building to help even more pets.
"We’re going to have different areas where they're strictly dedicated to things like this, where we'll be able to take and truly quarantine animals away from adoptable animals and be able to have a bigger space to be able to accommodate a lot of animals at one time," said Parsons.