• The World Needs More Cat Guys

    An urgent email came in from Melissa, my husband’s co-worker of nearly 3 decades.  Her son Zac had rescued yet another kitten from her husband’s job site and the employees at the company needed help stat.  “I can’t stand the thought of so many cats there that keep reproducing and the risks associated with that. 

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  • The Visionary

    Few people are visionaries.  And even fewer succeed in turning their vision into reality.  Megan Moon is one of those rare people. As the founder and President of the Humane Education Coalition, Megan and her organization are literally changing the way we think about humane education.  In less than a year, this global alliance has

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  • When The Threat is Real

    Like many, I cringe every time I hear about someone surrendering a pet and think to myself, that would never be me.  If I had to move, Bugs and Buster would come with me.  If I got sick, I’d find a way to care for them.  And if a family member suddenly became allergic, well

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  • A Marriage Made In Heaven

    With a provocative slogan and a roster of 175 Softies, some might doubt we have an inferiority complex.  But we’re insecure when it comes to humane education.  Each of us brought a different skill set when we created Show Your Soft Side seven years ago, but neither Sande, Lori nor I had a background in

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  • My Love Affair With 40 Models

    Some people might be riding high after closing out an event that attracted a record number of guests and raised $190K for Baltimore’s homeless animals, but I’m afraid I’m not one of them.  Instead of an adrenalin rush, I woke up the next morning feeling sad, deflated and down.  Because when Pawject Runway comes to

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  • The Protector

    Spy.  World Heavyweight Karate Champion.  Actor.  Producer. Writer.  Counter-Terrorism Expert.  Counter-Human Trafficking Expert.  Deputy Sheriff.  Consultant.  Diplomat.  Humanitarian.  Is there anything Tony Schiena can’t do? Probably not. He’s been called the world’s most highly trained covert operative and travels the globe in the fight against terrorism and human trafficking.  When John Thompson of the National

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  • Our Cat Did Not Make The Honor Roll, But Adam And April Did.

    No one likes a braggart.  We’ve never sported those bumper stickers that read, “My child made the Honor Roll!”  If anything, we’ve been tempted to slap on a sticker that reads, “My cat did NOT make the Honor Roll!” So indulge us while we beam with pride over Softies Adam Lippe and April Doherty, who

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  • 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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