Lauren Paul


About Lauren Paul

Lauren is the founder of North Star Rescue, a non-profit organization in California’s San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the rescue and welfare of companion pet rodents. Lauren operates Alma Rodentia, a website featuring an online store for pet rodents and their humans and a blog about rescue and life with pet rodents.


Rescue 101: Start Branding with Color Theory

Branding might not be a term that you associate with rescue, but it’s something that is an important aspect of creating a memorable image for any type of business whether it’s a for-profit group or a charity group. Everyone knows Coca Cola by their signature Red, or Pepsi by their Red and […]

North Star Rescue's Adoption Event Booth

Helping Animal Rescuers Tip #2

Tip #2 – Post Flyers for Adoption Events

Helping Animal Rescuers Tip #2 Post flyers at local pet stores, vet offices and other community locations to advertise your local rescue’s adoption events. Spreading the word can mean connecting a rescue animal to a new home. These days, rescues rely a lot on advertising online for events by posting them […]


Rescue 101: Adoption Agreements and Contracts

An adoption agreement is a contract that spells out the terms of a final adoption when someone decides to adopt an animal from your rescue, it’s a document that serves multiple purposes. The adoption agreement you have your adopters sign will spell out the terms of adoptions and what you are […]

A baby guinea pig.

Rescue 101: Adoption Applications and the Screening Process

The application and screening process is a delicate time for both the rescuer handling the potential adoption, and the applicant who wants to adopt an animal from your rescuer. Knowing how to handle this process efficiently and in a sensitive way to your adopter is an important part of operating […]

A Rat in Reindeer Horns

A dwarf hamster

Rescue 101: Planning – Preparing for Emergencies or Closing

It’s never a pleasant thing to imagine, but part of being a responsible rescuer is having some idea of what you would do in a state of emergency to protect yourself and your animals. There are a variety of scenarios you will want to consider, such as having to relocate all of […]