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Alaqua Animal Refuge Receives $20,000 Donation from the Harbor Rats Charitable Foundation

Alaqua Animal Refuge proudly announces a generous donation of $20,000 from the Harbor Rats Charitable Foundation, an increase from the $10,000 given last year. This contribution marks the second year of the Harbor Rats' support for the Refuge, further solidifying their commitment to community service and animal welfare.

Marvin Holthouser, Chairman of the Harbor Rats Board of Directors, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership. “We are so proud of the work that Alaqua has done over these many years and look forward to growing our support of their ongoing efforts” Holthouser said.

The Harbor Rats Charitable Foundation originated from a group of local businessmen seeking to make a positive impact in their community. Everyone came to know one another through Harbor Cigars, a local establishment owned by Holthouser. Today, the group boasts around 125 members and a six-member board, dedicated to organizing charity events and an annual golf tournament to support existing local charities.

Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood expressed gratitude for the donation and the opportunity to collaborate with the Harbor Rats. “Marvin and his team’s visit to our new facility was enlightening. Learning about their organization and discussing our future plans was incredibly inspiring. Their support is invaluable to us, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership,” Hood commented.

The recent visit by the Harbor Rats Board to the Alaqua Animal Refuge included a tour of the new facilities and the formal presentation of the $20,000 check. This donation will significantly aid in supporting the Refuge’s ongoing and future initiatives to provide
care and shelter to animals in need.

The Harbor Rats’ ethos of 'giving back makes us all better' is evident in their actions, as they continue to seek opportunities to utilize their resources and talents for the betterment of the community. The inclusion of Alaqua Animal Refuge as a beneficiary is a testament to their commitment to expanding their philanthropic reach and making a lasting impact in the community.

About Alaqua Animal Refuge
Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary, located in the panhandle of Florida. As the Southeast’s premier 501(c)3 refuge, Alaqua believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance. Committed to providing protection, shelter, and care to animals in need, this private, non-profit Refuge also offers an adoption center, veterinary clinic, educational outreach, and community programs that extend far beyond their geographic location. Since its inception in 2007, Alaqua, led by Founder Laurie Hood, has become a recognized leader in animal rescue, welfare, cruelty prevention, and advocacy. Alaqua is currently in the midst of a capital campaign to complete the building of their one-of-a-kind facility—the first in the United States—on 100 acres. The new facility and sanctuary will allow Alaqua to continue to do the important work of animal rescue and rehabilitation, as well as be an educational and training center for animal welfare advocates as a place that will inspire, empower, and educate others to make change in our society and recreate the model worldwide.

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