Lauren Conroy is a former member of Troop 924 in the Girl Scouts of Nassau County and received her Gold Award in 2016.

Her life-long love for animals, along with owning a mischievous dog with a penchant for voraciously ingesting foreign objects, was the impetus behind Lauren's aptly-titled Gold Award project, "My Dog Ate My Couch." After personally accompanying her parents on numerous veterinary trips, Lauren realized most children adore pets, but lack knowledge about the responsibility of pet adoption, wellness and safety. To address this issue, Lauren wrote an informative book geared to prospective child/teen pet owners on pet safety education, which she distributed to several libraries and veterinary offices, along with creating a website and Facebook page with resourceful quick reference links.