Songbirds and unleashed dogs come together this weekend for Alaqua

Laurie Hood

Alaqua Animal Refuge founder Laurie Hood at last year's event.

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM.

Alaqua Animal Refuge founder Laurie Hood will be a busy lady this weekend with two different major fundraising events going on in South Walton on two different days.


On Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the folk music group Ladybird Sideshow will present a performance at Rosemary Beach Town Hall.

The Ladybird trio is an award-winning singer/songwriter group of women who individually perform their own unique songs while the other two sing backup harmonies. The group consists of Lisa Winn, Melissa McClelland, and Janine Stoll.

Not only singer/songwriters, though, the women are also avid animal lovers.

Winn has worked in animal shelters since high school. She sees first hand the desperate situations animals face everyday, has opened her home to animals in need and has been an advocate and champion of animal welfare.  McClelland is also an animal lover who has shared the stage with such names as Sarah Mclachlan and she and her husband comprise the duo Whitehorse. Stoll is a caretaker of several rescue cats.

Bound together not only by their music, the group, hailing from the Toronto area, co-founded the animal rescue group Ladybird Animal Sanctuary which they operate on 10 acres back home.

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