Lauren Barbo '12

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Project Samana is a voluntary veterinary and education outreach program working in the poorest regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal is to improve the economic wellbeing of the people by helping all species of animals. Our mission is to provide necessary medical and surgical services to the animals in the region and to educate animal owners in the health, care and welfare of all animals. Using the “think globally, act locally” concept, our goal is to reach the point so that the local projects will be self-sustaining.  Once our goal is reached we can then move on to other places in need. Our project runs on volunteers and donations only.

On our drive to our surgical site which was located in an old gymnasium it was typical to see many stray dogs and cats roaming the streets.  It was a typical work day when I came across a special little fur ball curled up on the side of the road. While driving in the pouring rain I saw a small little malnourished puppy curled up fighting for her life. Knowing the difference I could make it was impossible not to stop. After treating the sweet girl back to adequate  health conditions after a few days I knew it would be impossible to let her back out into the conditions she considered home. Little did she know on that windy rainy morning that her life would change forever.