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Q & A: Singing for Their Supper

On their summer concert tour, the Indigo Girls raise food for shelter pets

On their summer concert tour, the Indigo Girls raise food for shelter pets

Animal welfare issues are just one of the passions of the Indigo Girls, the Grammy-winning, politically active folk-rock duo who’ve been making hearts and minds sing for more than 20 years. Over the years, longtime friends and band members Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have worked on causes ranging from indigenous issues to gay rights to environmental preservation.

Animals—their own and those in shelters—are never far from their hearts. In January, Ray’s independent label sold a special CD to benefit The Humane Society of the United States’ Pet Foreclosure Fund, which gave grants to local shelters providing assistance to people whose homes were in foreclosure and who were in danger of losing their pets. This year, touring behind their new album Poseidon and the Bitter Bug, the Girls used each stop to collect food to donate to local food banks. They showed their love for animals, too: With The HSUS’s help locating animal shelters along their tour route, they combined their drive to raise food for people with one to raise pet food to donate to local shelters.

In this edited interview, the Girls sat down before a concert—in which they dedicated an old favorite, “Ozilline,” to “all the dogs out there”—and told magazine staff about what their animals mean to them, and how they deal with having to leave their pets behind when they’re on tour.

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