• You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

    Over the course of the last two years, we’ve been fortunate to develop relationships with like-minded organizations and individuals across the country.  In some cases, we’ve been able to actually meet those Facebook friends in person – and each of those meetings has reinforced our belief that the motivation to get involved often comes down

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  • Who You Going To Call?

    We often say – we don’t know how shelter staff and rescue volunteers do it.  We can’t imagine the toll it takes on your heart and your psyche to see a daily parade of dumped, abandoned, surrendered and abused animals and yet have so few resources to put at their disposal. Most days, we’re ten

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  • It’s Time To Name Names

    We’re pleased to announce the finalists for SYSS’ 1st Annual BowWowZa Awards.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at a hooting and howling good awards ceremony at Cafe Hon in Hampden. Most likely to cough up a hairball: Cindy Wright – AARF Michelle Green Michelle Ingrodi – Charm City Animal Rescue Peg

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  • How A Photo Changed Lives

    There was something about the photo that Malinda couldn’t get out of her head.   Maybe it was the resemblance to one of her own rescue pups that tugged at her heart or maybe it was just the fact that these two sisters had been unceremoniously dropped at animal control by their former owner without so

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  • The Forgotten Ones

    It was just a little over a year ago that Hurricane Sandy came bearing down on the East Coast.  While most of us were fretting about whether we’d have Internet or TV, the staff at BARCS was worrying about whether the 200 plus animals in its care would come out alive.  Housed in a cramped,

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  • Imagine

    As you may be aware, we’re in a lawsuit with the City of Baltimore over ownership and control of the Show Your Soft Side campaign.  That means, periodically, we receive the latest court filings from the City, which has now amounted to enough paper to fill a two-inch notebook. If you’ve ever been involved in

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  • A Softie Proposal

    In the not-so-distant past, your phone would ring and you wouldn’t have a clue who was on the other end.  Thank God those days are over, or I might not have answered that night. I was at dinner with girlfriends and had just sat down when a very loud piano riff alerted everyone in the

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  • A Plain Brown Dog

    Some stories have the power to melt a million hearts while others barely get a second glance.  Such is the story of a plain brown dog, one of thousands found on the streets of Baltimore and deposited at BARCS.  This one came in with her tail between her legs, eyes that refused to look anywhere

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    Why We Love Us Some Softies

    By now, most people know the story of how Indy Car Series driver, Josef Newgarden, came to Baltimore to race and ended up falling for – and then adopting – a local homeless kitty.  But what isn’t so widely known is the fact that Josef’s not the only Softie to lose his heart to a

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  • Making & Losing Friends

    There are few certainties in life, but on Facebook there’s one that’s guaranteed. Anytime we post a graphic story or photo of abuse, a parade of people de-friend us.  Those de-friendings often come with private messages that usually start with “we love your page” followed by the big “BUT.”  They then go on to say

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