Rescue News

We're thrilled to be featured as The Travelin' Rat's Rescue of the Month for the month of June! During this month, The Travelin' Rat has organized various fundraising opportunities for our rescue, as well as partnerships with businesses who will help contribute to our rescue. You can check out The Travelin' Rat's Rescue of the Month page for our special feature!

There are a variety of ways you can help support us during the month of June, including:

Donate to North Star Rescue's Fundraiser on YouCaring!

Donate to North Star Rescue's YouCaring Fundraiser! We are raising money on YouCaring to help pay the general expenses for our rescue, including providing food, bedding, transport and medical care for the hundreds of animals that come in to our rescue each year. Donations to our rescue are Tax Deductible, and we greatly appreciate everyone who chips in to make what we do possible.

A donation of $25 provides food for a nursing mother rat and her 12 babies for one month!

A donation of $50 provides pellets, fresh fruits and veggies, hay and bedding for a pair of adoptable guinea pigs, or some of our senior guinea piggies receiving hospice care in our sanctuary program!

A donation of $100 will pay for a spay or neuter surgery, like a life-saving spay for a female guinea pig with ovarian cysts!

Click Here to Donate to the Help Support North Star Rescue Campaign on YouCaring

Purchase a T-Shirt featuring North Star Rescue and The Travelin' Rat's Logos!

Shirts featuring North Star Rescue and The Travelin' Rat's Logo You can purchase a shirt featuring North Star Rescue's Logo and a special guest appearance of The Travelin' Rat from The Travelin' Rat's logo to show off your rescue pride! These shirts are printed in a variety of colors and will ship out towards the end of the month of June. Profits from the sale of each shirt will benefit our rescue, so you can show off your rescue connections while feeling good about helping out our small fosters.

Click Here to Customize and Order Your North Star Rescue featuring The Travelin' Rat T-Shirt





Donate up to 20% when you shop at Alma Rodentia!

Donate to North Star Rescue when you shop at Alma Rodentia!Alma Rodentia features hammocks made by our rescue's founder, Lauren Paul, in a variety of styles and patterns. You'll find a variety of hammocks made in different styles, patterns and materials, ready to hang in your pet's cage and give them something new to play on and snuggle up inside of.

10% of ALL sales made through Alma Rodentia will be donated to North Star Rescue during the month of June, and you can add an additional 10% for a total 20% donation if you use the coupon code NSRHELP at checkout.

Click Here to Shop at Alma Rodentia


Shop at Lily's Mischief or Nuts About Squirrels to Donate 10%!

The Rat Roost from Lilys MischiefNuts About Squirrels/Lily's Mischief will be donating 10% of all sales during the month of June to North Star Rescue! You can find some awesome items both for rats and rat owners in the Lily's Mischief store, or some awesome accessories for your favorite brushy tailed yard visitor in the Nuts About Squirrels Store!

Click Here to Shop at Lily's Mischief


Click Here to Shop at Nuts About Squirrels


Brewscuits is donating $1 for Every Bag of Biscuits Sold!

Brewscuits Dog BiscuitsBrewscuits are a unique product made by by dog lovers for dogs, but we've heard that rats love these treats too! Made with whole grains used for making beer, but before the fermentation process so there's no alcohol involved, Brewscuits are loaded with healthy stuff for your pets. Made without extra sugars or junk food, there's a variety of flavors and sizes for you to match them to the pet who will be enjoying them! Brewscuits is donating $1 for every bag of biscuits sold during the month of June, so stock up and help our rescue while getting your pet some tasty snacks!

Click Here to Shop for Brewscuits Biscuits

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We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes here at North Star Rescue and we’re excited to finally be able to share the news with you about the upcoming changes that will be happening at our rescue. We have lots of details to share with you, so we’ll start with the condensed version. North Star Rescue would like to welcome Coastside Cavy, our two rescue groups will be merging with the common goal of protecting and rescuing pet rodents in California. Our founder, Lauren Paul, will be stepping down as the Director of Operations and assuming the position as Director of Technology, passing the torch to Jenn Paz, the dynamic founder of Coastside Cavy during the merger. Our administrative headquarters and foster home in Napa will be closing and we will be shifting our administration to Pacifica, as well as announcing our newest public adoption outpost in Pacifica at Dandelion Dreams.

Whew! That’s a lot of news, let’s break it up with some more detail.

Have you had a chance to get to know Coastside Cavy yet? In September of 2013, Coastside Cavy was founded by Jenn Paz from Pacifica, CA with the goal of helping save homeless and endangered guinea pigs and quickly expanding to add space and love for rats, hamsters, mice and chinchillas in her program. Jenn has quickly become a respected and beloved member of the rescue community thanks to her passion for animal welfare and the boundless energy she has put into improving the lives of the animals she saves. After founding Coastside Cavy, Jenn went on to open Dandelion Dreams, a unique boutique pet store in Pacifica focused on providing safe products for small animals that features both adoptable pet rodents and sanctuary animals where the public can get to know them up close and personal.

The merger of North Star Rescue and Coastside Cavy will open new doors for us to make a bigger impact in the welfare of the lives of pet rodents everywhere. The combined efforts of our two groups means we’ll be able to branch out further into education with both our website and outreach programs, seeking to make a longer term impact in the welfare of rodents everywhere, not just the ones who come through our rescue. We’ll be able to spend the time to strengthen our infrastructure to support the rescue program’s continuing growth.

After nine years as the rescue’s primary director, our founder, Lauren Paul, will be undertaking a big move from the Bay Area out to the Midwest at the end of August. With the move, Lauren will be stepping down as the Director of Rescue Operations and assuming the position of Director of Technology, helping to continue the drive to develop North Star Rescue’s online presence and educational resources. With Lauren’s move, we will be closing our Napa foster home and relocating the animals there to other adoption outposts or foster homes.

We’d like to emphasize that our first priority during this transition is to make sure the animals already under our care are safe and that we don’t overwhelm our existing foster homes and adoption outposts. We’re committed to the animals in our care, and the closure of our foster homes doesn’t mean a single animal at our rescue will be at risk during the transition. During this time we have temporarily closed intake of all animals in to our rescue until our other locations have been able to make space for the animals at our Napa foster home. Our goal is to open intake again as soon as possible so we can continue to bring in animals at risk from shelters all over the Bay Area, and you can help us by either giving one of our adoptable animals a home or signing up to foster on a temporary or long term basis. We currently have ten rats, two chinchillas, twelve hamsters and four mice we need to place in new locations before we can officially close our Napa location.

Do you want to help us with our transition? We have lots of fantastic animals ready for adoption right now at locations all over the Bay Area…including at our newest location with Dandelion Dreams in Pacifica! If you can’t adopt but would like to foster an animal, send us an e-mail and we’d be happy to talk to you about a foster situation that would work for you. You can help by donating online, or simply sharing the story or pictures of our adoptable animals with your friends.

We’re very grateful for the support of the animal loving community that has helped us grow from a tiny, one person rescue project into an organization of rodent lovers that are able to save hundreds of lives every year. We hope you are as excited as we are about the future of North Star Rescue and Coastside Cavy working together to improve the lives of pet rodents everywhere.

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North Star Rescue participates in a variety of adoption and educational events in the Bay Area. Check back to see what events we might be holding in your area.

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Rat Hammocks and Toys from The Rat Stash

The Rat Stash is donating 10% of all sales during the month of April to our rescue! Our friends at the Rat Stash offer some of the best made small animal toys on the market, including cage liners for Ferret Nation or Critter Nation Cages, a wide variety of small animal hammocks and other toys and accessories.

The Rat Stash offers a variety of toys that are all made out of materials that are safe for pet rodents, and you can feel good about supporting a small business that not only supports rescues and shelters, but also hosts many rescued rats who get to enjoy testing new products!

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Rat Soaps from Sandi's Soaps!

Get ready for spring cleaning with soaps, body scrubs, lotions and more from Sandi's Soap Scents! For the month of March, Sandi's Soap Scents will donate 15% of all sales for the month of March to North Star Rescue when you mention "Northstar" in the comments section at checkout. Sandi's Soap Scents offers handmade, spa quality products at affordable prices including the most adorable rat shaped soaps we've ever seen. We know our rat loving friends are going to want their own rat shaped soaps, which are sold in pairs since we all know rats are social furries.

Click Here for Caribean Coconut Rat Soaps or Click Here for all of Sandi's Products, and don't forget to mention "Northstar" at checkout to send a little something back to our foster critters!

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This rat needs your help!

North Star Rescue has been working on another rat hoarding case involving over 300 domestic pet rats who were rescued from a neglect situation when their original owner was forced to give them up after the home they shared together was condemned. The rats, who had never been gender seperated and were living in horrible conditions, were moved to another private home with a rat lover who reached out to us for help. We have been working to remove the rats in batches and get the situation stable, but we are now at full capacity and can't do it without your help! We have currently removed over 100 rats from this situation, many of which are ready for adoption now. We have an opportunity to get 10 of these rats spayed or neutered mid-February but need to raise $500 before February 15th to make this happen. Click Here for our ChipIn Page to help contribute to our rat neuter fundraiser! or Click Here to Read More.

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Foothill College and Vino Locale

Our friends at Foothill Collegehave organized a fundraising event on Thursday, January 12th to help raise money to purchase bulletproof vets for K9 Units. This event will be held at Vino Locale in Palo Alto to help raise money to purchase bulletproof vests for K9 Officers.

For more information, please view the PDF Flyer.

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