Local Hero: Dr. Robyn Barbiers

Gozamos August 20, 2010
Dr. Robyn Barbiers has devoted her life to the welfare of all things furry. After spending nearly 3 decades saving lives and curing sick anipals (including an impressive fourteen years at the Lincoln Park Zoo), Dr. Barbiers was named president of the Anti-Cruelty Society. She takes time out of her busy schedule to answer some of Gozamos’ questions.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Mighty Mouse
When your friends come to visit Chicago, how do you show them a good time?
Visiting some of the attractions such as Millennium Park, architectural boat tour, museums and enjoying the many ethnic restaurants.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
Being totally carefree and oblivious to the cold– running through the sprinkler, swimming in Lake Michigan. . .
What’s the best part about being a grown-up?
Not having to eat a “no thank you” helping of things I don’t like (such as tomato juice).
What is the worst part of your job?
Telling people that they are out of a job.
What part of your personality do you most want to be remembered for?
Honesty and integrity
What was the best road trip you’ve ever taken?
Yucatan Peninsula
You wouldn’t be caught dead, where?
Las Vegas
How do you spend your days off?
Bike riding, reading, doing the “chores of life”, and eating Thai food
What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate?
Thanksgiving– I go diving the week after!
What book has changed your life the most?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
What’s your personal motto?
“Strive for perfection, settle for excellence.” -Walt Disney
For more information on the Anti-Cruelty Society including how to volunteer, donate, and adopt a new member of your family, visit their website. Follow Dr. Robyn on Twitter for ACS Chicago updates and expert veterinary advice.