Alaqua Animal Refuge

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Laurie Hood

Laurie Hood
Founder

Laurie Hood is the visionary behind Alaqua Animal Refuge. She was born and raised in Louisiana and graduated from LSU with a degree in Marketing.

Hood has drawn on her business background to create a non-profit that functions for success. Her prior professional experience includes operating an international magazine in south Florida for eight years and serving as marketing director for the Gorlin Companies, a Destin, Fla.-based firm that launched medical and drug companies, including several that have become successful publicly traded ventures. In 2007 Laurie discovered that countless animals were being euthanized due to the lack of a no-kill shelter in Walton County. She couldn’t reconcile this with her natural passion for animals, so she started Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Laurie is married and has two boys, ages 12 and 14. Her family is a big part of all activities at the refuge. When not knee deep in animals, they all enjoy paddle boarding, boating, horseback riding, and family time.

Taylor Hood
Director of Operations

Gail Hasan
Shelter Administrator

Ruth Patterson
Administrative Assistant

Dr. Amy Williams
Veterinarian

Dr. Jim Smith
Veterinarian

Dr. Tonia Shatzel
Veterinarian

Reca Sexton
Veterinary Technician

Alissa Parsons
Outside Manager

Patrick Gault
Outside Manager

Laura McManus
Adoption Coordinator

Robin Anchors
Adoption Coordinator

Kristina MacNicol
Volunteer Coordinator

Bonnie Blackmon
Equine Specialist

Kelly Douglas
Equine Specialist

Abby Diamond
Animal Care Technician

Rebecca Bargy
Animal Care Technician

Lindsay Seui
Animal Care Technician

Rhonda Lewis
Animal Care Technician

Lindsie Zemanick
Bird Technician

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