• Fair-Weather Friends

    They say that in difficult times you find out who your true friends are. And sometimes you find out those that are not. During Hurricane Harvey some of the most gripping images we saw were those of pets left stranded, braving the storm on their own. Shivering in the streets, searching for shelter and even

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  • “So You All Just Make Posters?”

    Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like doing media interviews.  If I’m one-on-one I could talk for days about our Softies and all they do for the community, but pull out a camera or a microphone and I freeze like a deer in the headlights.  So it was under duress (i.e., neither Caroline or

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  • Who’s Burning Baltimore’s Kitties?

    It was an early Tuesday morning when I met Cindy Wright of Animal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF) for a spin class and a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  “I can’t stay long,” she told me. “BARCS just called about another burned kitty.” “How many does this make?” I asked.  “This will be our seventh this

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  • 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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