After 15 years in Seattle, Lauren moved back home to Arkansas in 2015 to start the first cat cafe in the state. She worked with area rescues & under-resourced shelters to adopt out over 600 cats & rehabilitate hundreds of others with both medical & behavioral challenges. In 2019, Purr Cat Cafe evolved into Purr Project Northwest Arkansas, a foster-based feline rescue supporting at-risk cats from local shelters. In 2019, she helped launch the new Best Friends Animal Society in Northwest Arkansas, an arm of Best Friends Animal Society in Utah, whose mission is to end the killing of shelter animals in the U.S. by 2025 through a range of programs including microchip & vaccine clinics, pet owner retention counseling, high-risk shelter mentoring, and other means of fostering community-supported sheltering. Before moving to Durango, Lauren also worked with Animal League of Washington County, Arkansas on cruelty and neglect cases in cooperation with law enforcement. Having coordinated or directly transported thousands of animals to Colorado from high-risk areas in the South, Lauren is delighted to be in an area that has been such a safe haven for so many pets. She moved to the area with her husband, their rescue dog Paulie "The Dog" Walnuts, and cat Marcia. P. Cunningham in early 2022.