Loren's Badass Chick: Lauren Barbo

A local vet tech helping animals in Latin America and the Caribbean.

March 30, 2018
Loren's Badass Chick

Lauren Barbo

This week's Badass Chick is 27-year-old Lauren Barbo from Natick. She's a vet technician who not only spends her free time traveling to the Dominican to help animals, but has created her very own annual 5k fundraiser as well. 

Lauren was working for a veterinarian a few years ago when she discovered Project Samana, which sends volunteers to Latin America and the Caribbean to not only provide medical assistance to animals in need, but provide education for animal owners as well. Lauren packed her bags three years ago and took her first trip with the organization all by herself, despite not knowing anyone. She was so inspired that she created her very own 5k, Paws for a Cause, which is now in its third year. Over half the money raised goes to Project Samana, and the rest of the money this year will be donated in honor of Lauren's late dog, Junior, to the National Canine Cancer Foundation since Junior lost his life to lymphoma not long ago. Lauren also helps re-home foster dogs from the DR to MA and has created a dog transport program to facilitate their travel even when she's not down there to bring them back up here. 

If you want to go to Lauren's dog-friend 5k, it's taking place April 29th in Natick and all the details can be found here. I absolutely love that Lauren found a way to not only make a living off of what she is so passionate about, but that she's been able to help so many animals along the way!

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