• Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

    They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but we never thought the cliché would apply to us.  But leave it to Softies April Doherty and Adam Lippe, the forces behind the Animal Abuse Unit at the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, to discover that discarded rope can literally save dogs.  It’s called

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  • A Softie To The Rescue

    It’s a full-time job keeping up with more than 150 Softies and we’re embarrassed to admit, we often lag behind.  So when a recent Facebook message popped up from Danny Wiseman, Professional Bowler and 12-time PBA Champion we were thrilled to hear from one of our dyed-in-the-wool Softie Cat Guys. However, this wasn’t a “Hey,

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  • There’s Always One

    If you ask any pet parent, animal-lover or rescue type they’ll tell you.  Although many animals may have captured their hearts, there is always “one” that burrows so deep inside that the heart starts beating for two. For my husband, Don, and myself, that “one” was an emaciated, beat up kitty who showed up at

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  • When Badass Guys Become Cream Puffs

    If you’d asked me in 2011 what I liked best about football, baseball, mixed martial arts, soccer or lacrosse, I’d have said, “They all have the potential to get my husband out of the house for a few hours.”  Compare that to 2017 where I can now spout off players’ names, positions and stats, and

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  • Ralphie’s Six Short Weeks

    Ralphie never gave much thought to his future, there was no reason to. For ten beautiful years, he had a roof over his head, two square meals a day, all the toys he could possibly want, a fenced yard to play in and a Mom who absolutely adored him.  In fact, his Mom had even

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  • The Saints of Sparrows Point

    We thought this would be another sad story about the cats that Baltimore forgot.  But as with so many animal welfare stories, it turned into one that shows the best of humanity.  There are saints among us, and they include our friends at Community Cats Maryland (CCMD) and the rugged guys who work at the

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  • Faith In Humanity Restored

    In a world filled with suffering, we must resist the urge of becoming defeatist.  It’s easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed when so many animals endure harsh lives on the streets or are the victims of crime.  Whether driven by a sense of futility or a need for self-preservation, some resign themselves and turn a

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  • Hey, Did You Bring A Lint Brush?

    It’s easy for some to think that our work at Show Your Soft Side is all fun and games, particularly on the eve of our signature event, Pawject Runway.  We’ve been rolling out photos from last year’s event, which depict a room of 800+ people with grins from ear-to-ear. Softies have that effect on people,

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  • A Dog’s Purpose: To View Or Not To View

    Like everyone, we saw the video that TMZ released on Wednesday about the filming of A Dog’s Purpose and decided to watch it.  Ironically, we only knew of the film because a local rescue was screening it next week as a fundraiser and we were bummed that we’d be out of town on a photo

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  • His Work Followed Him Home

    Just a little over a year ago, on New Year’s Day 2016, while most of us were recuperating from the night and week before, Spencer Kelly was counting dogs.  “When we first entered the residence, we saw about 20 in the foyer, then took a right into the kitchen and encountered another 20.  Every room

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