Today, Laurie Hood, Founder and President of Alaqua Animal Refuge, announced a new venture in her fight for animal rights: the Animal Passion Podcast Series. In her quest to advance the interests of animals, Laurie highlights the work of advocates from across the globe—the “difference makers” who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety.
In each 30-minute episode, Laurie and her guests exchange amazing tales of triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, and inspire viewers to get involved in their fight.
“We’re launching Animal Passion to spotlight “difference makers,” who have dedicated themselves to protecting animals’ rights and their overall safety and wellbeing. My guests are from all over the country, and work across a broad spectrum of fields,” said Laurie Hood, host of the Animal Passion Podcast. “By interviewing these amazing individuals, and sharing their stories and videos of their work, we hope to rally all animal lovers to create much needed and lasting change.”
The first six interviews were recorded in locations ranging from the Alaqua Podcast Studio in Florida to the remote wilderness of Oregon’s South Steen Mountains, to Zurich, Switzerland. Episodes include never-before-seen footage of encounters with animals, including grizzly bears and wild horses, taken in the field by Laurie’s roster of incredible guests.
Guests include Monty Roberts (Author of The Man Who Listens to Horses), Buck Wilde and Esther Gossweiler (documentarians focusing on Alaskan sea wolves and grizzly bears), Sonya Spaziani (Founder of Mustang Wild), Marty Irby (Animal Wellness Action lobbyist in Washington, D.C.), Emma Clifford (Animal Balance Founder and Director), Odessa Gunn (Animal Wellness Center, Northern California Director) and Ellie Phipps Price (American Wild Horse Campaign President).
Episodes can be watched either on the Animal Passion Podcast YouTube channel or listened to on every major podcast distributor. The first three episodes featuring Buck Wilde with Esther Gossweiler, Marty Irby, and Ellie Phipps Price will be available to the public on August 31.
About Laurie Hood A recognized leader in animal care, protection, and advocacy, Laurie Hood is the founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge, the Southeast’s premier, no-kill animal refuge and sanctuary for domestic and wild animals located in Northwest Florida. A true visionary and passionate animal lover since childhood, Laurie has made a lifelong commitment to improve animals’ lives as she continues to journey into bold, unchartered territory in an effort to educate others about the importance of animals in our lives and their overall welfare. Under her supervision, Alaqua has rescued and placed tens of thousands of animals into loving homes and environments since its founding 14 years ago, and has also helped countless others through partnerships and community outreach.
Laurie has worked with both state and national legislators to create and strengthen laws to protect animals; authored a curriculum to assist law enforcement for investigating and prosecuting animal abuse cases; starred in “Animal PD,” a television series on Nat Geo WILD showcasing stories of Alaqua’s animal rescue efforts in conjunction with law enforcement; and created the Unconditional Love program providing trained companion dogs free of charge to PTSD patients, the elderly and special needs individuals, and offering inmates a contributing role in the process. She currently serves as the State Director for Florida for Animal Wellness Action, the District Leader in Northwest Florida for The Humane Society of the United States, and is a Board Member for the Florida Wildlife Federation. Laurie is available for speaking engagements.
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 a full-service adoption center, 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 relocation and expansion capital campaign to build a 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. To learn more, visit www.alaqua.org