two boys celebrating and holding a poster with text overlay that reads show your soft side 10 years

10th Anniversary of SYSS

It’s Gone By in a Blink

Ten years ago, we set out with the lofty goal of putting a few posters in city schools to show impressionable kids that compassion is strength. Little did we imagine that simple act would grow into a national campaign featuring celebs and athletes from every field of sport and spawn multiple programs to provide medical treatment for homeless cats and abused/neglected dogs in Maryland.

To celebrate 10 years of winning hearts and changing minds, we’ll be holding a month-long fundraising campaign culminating in an Anniversary Bash at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood on October 8, 2021. Our goal is to raise $100,000—just half of what we’ve lost due to the cancellation of Pawject Runway for two years running. Starting in September, we’ll be posting a number of videos from our Softies and announcing matching grants from Tito’s, Baldwin Griffin, The Kroneberger Group RBC Wealth Management, State Farm, Petco Love, Pet+ ER, CVCA, and The Gary & Robin Bozel Charitable Fund that will run through October 8.

What Will We Do With the Money We Raise?

As a totally volunteer organization, our expenses over the years have been minimal, but that changed when we started launching programs. If we’re successful in our goal of raising $100,000, those monies will be spent covering medical costs for sick and injured street cats, providing grants to Maryland rescue organizations to aid in the recovery of abused and neglected dogs, printing and shipping materials to more classrooms and teachers across the country, and continuing to provide food, as well as cash grants to Baltimore’s colony caretakers to improve their ability to care for Baltimore’s abandoned cats. While each of our programs is near and dear to our hearts, the Street Kitty Medical Fund is one that has proven to be not just essential, but critical to alleviating the suffering on Baltimore’s streets. As of mid-August, the fund has covered 209 surgeries and emergency visits for local colony cats—a 24% increase over 2020 and we’ve still got four months of the year to go.

black and white image of a cat with light eyes and long whiskers