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.
Director of Operations
Dr. Amy Williams
Dr. Stephan Knappstein
Dr. Jim Smith
Mary Chris Murry