• The Face That Launched A Million Advocates

    She was burned, battered and overbred. Her ears had been brutally cropped and she suffered from puncture wounds throughout her body. She was found running down the street in South Central Los Angeles in 2007 with another dog who soon died of his injuries. She was safe at the shelter and her caretakers named her

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  • The Champions

    It’s easy to become demoralized in the world of animal rescue and cruelty prevention. There are so many occupational hazards that it often feels as though we’re simply putting our finger in a dike. Just as one animal is helped, another appears. The pace is punishing and often masks how much progress we are actually

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  • The Game Changer

    John Thompson was a late bloomer in showing his soft side. He never even had a dog until he brought Mr. PO home as a gift to his wife. Thompson has become the nation’s highest ranking law enforcement official fighting animal cruelty and is the first to admit that Mr. PO is the love of

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  • Damn, We’re Impressed

    In addition to stopping animal cruelty before it starts, Show Your Soft Side also strives to educate and motivate, but sometimes, we are the beneficiaries of our own goals. It’s good to leave Baltimore every so often because we learn and are inspired every time we travel. Last November we were invited to speak at

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  • How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?

    More puppies are sold in pet stores during the holiday season than any other time of year. Oftentimes these animals are born in large-scale commercial breeding operations known as puppy mills, where dogs are bred for profit at overcrowded and unsanitary facilities. They frequently suffer from infections and congenital problems and breeding females endure lifetimes

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  • From Russia With Love

    If there is such thing as a universal language, we’re fairly certain it contains the words “bark” and “meow.” How else do you explain someone in Moscow reaching out to an anti-animal abuse campaign based in Baltimore on behalf of a 10-year old mixed-breed pup looking for love? While there are hundreds, more like thousands,

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  • Why We Bleed Purple

    Four years ago when we started Show Your Soft Side ®, two of the three of us had never seen a football game in our lives. One of us (not me) was into ballet and the other (okay I confess) viewed Sundays as that fabulous day when her husband headed to M&T Bank Stadium and

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  • Some Angels Carry Guns

    The rendezvous was planned for mid-morning at an undisclosed parking lot just off 83. The two participants had texted each other so they’d know what model car the other was driving, but it turned out to be unnecessary. On this particular morning, they were the only ones in sight.   It only took a few moments

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  • Neither Trophies Nor Trinkets

    The world has condemned the recent killing of a lion named Cecil that lived in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer faces extradition charges for illegal poaching. The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of Oxford University had been following Cecil for several years as part of a study into

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  • Wiggly Butts Came Out In Force

    Last month, the third annual Pawject Runway took Baltimore by storm. Thirty two and a half (which includes Torrey Smith’s son, TJ) Softies, walked the runway with homeless animals from BARCS netting over $125,000 for the shelter. The night was filled with wagging tails, slobbery kisses and an arena full of love. April Doherty, an

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