Please join us in welcoming Lauren, as she has come to WCC’s Healing Quarters in Boyds, Maryland all the way from Rohnert Park, California. Lauren joins the team in a brand-new role: Canine Health and Puppy Development Specialist.
An avid dog-lover, Lauren started her work in the service dog industry 15 years ago when she began volunteering for a local organization in the kennel. The work inspired her to earn her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oregon State University.
Following graduation, she spent the next 10+ years at Bergin University of Canine Studies. There, she touched all parts of its service dog program — from training and placing dogs, canine health care, puppy raising, kennel management to teaching students at the University.
“I’ve always been passionate about breeding, whelping and raising litters of service dogs, and I am thrilled be part of the process with the team at WCC,” said Lauren. “It’s definitely been a process of learning for me from the first match I was involved in 10 years ago. I am so excited to be part of this team where we’ll be placing dogs with people who really need them.”
Lauren has two dogs of her own; black Lab, Jaffee, who is WCC Rain’s granddaughter, and a Golden Retriever, Phoebe.
When not working, Lauren enjoys hiking, spending time with family, and with being from “wine country,” says she enjoys wine tasting.