• Inspiring a Campaign in Kuwait

    Animal abuse can often seem like an epidemic in the United States, but the problems are far worse in other countries.  Despite the endless dogfighting, violence, and neglect, we, at least, have animal cruelty laws in each state, as well as first responders, veterinarians, shelters, advocates, and prosecutors who work to protect animals and hold

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  • Is The Pope Catholic?

    The message came via text from our friends at Philadoptables in Philly. “The Pet Valu in Silver Spring is closing and they’re looking for people to pick up donations of food this week.  Do you know any rescue partners in need?” Is the Pope Catholic? Hell yes, every rescue we know is in need and

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  • A Date With The NFL Took Us To An Unlikely Place

    During one game each season, NFL players across the league are invited to wear their hearts on their cleats.  The program is called My Cause My Cleats and for that one game, fans get to see the issues that their favorite players care most deeply about. (And in the spirit of full disclosure, we’ve had

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  • Two Words You’ll Never Hear Her Say

    Anybody who spends their days following animal rescue efforts knows there are certain names that seem to constantly rise to the top. One of those belongs to an angelic-faced, steel-backboned warrior named Emily Clare.  Over the past five years, her name has been on the forefront in the fight to end BSL in Canada, Save

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  • The Secret Life Of A Vet Tech

    Like so many of our introductions these days, this one came via a Facebook message.  It was from a licensed veterinary technician who also happened to be a hobby photographer and wondered if there was any place in the campaign for a photo she’d taken of her son and their foster dog?  I ran down

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  • A Tribute, But First, A Confession

    We’ve long wanted to pay tribute to our photographer extraordinaire, Leo Howard Lubow.  Sande or Lori could just have easily penned this blog post, but my version comes with a confession.  I had a crush on Leo 35 years ago. Most people assume Leo has always been a professional photographer, given his gift with the

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  • Honoring The Memory Of A True Softie

    Ever since I can remember our family has had a special love for animals and it started with my Gram.  When I was a little girl, I would go to her house and the first one to greet me was always  Mitzy, a little black poodle who was not only the sweetest soul, but also

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  • Can’t You TNR Somewhere Else?

    While we don’t have a clue who the Baltimore City resident is that complained so vehemently about TNR efforts in his or her neighborhood that it necessitated a full-on City Council hearing, in hindsight, we’re glad they did.  It was a fascinating glimpse into an army of organizations and lone wolf volunteers who spend their

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  • 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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