When You Can’t Look Away

Thomas had the kind of face that makes you want to avert your eyes and look away.  In fact, that’s exactly what countless people had been doing for the better part of the past six years.  However, on one fateful day in early March, the stars …

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Saving Lily

We’ve shared several remarkable rescue stories over the years — from Baltimore to Kuwait — but none as harrowing as Lily’s, whose life was spared at an open-air market in China.  Lily’s gripping rescue is in a category all its own and one that thankf …

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2020 Saved The Worst For Last

Like most Soft Side stories, this one started with a post. “Anybody in Essex available to help me with a cat rescue?” It was a post from Dawn Marie who, if you follow us regularly, you’ll know is one of a small army of Baltimore Kitty Angels who will m …

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In Search of a Miracle

All adoptions are wonderful, but we have always had a soft spot for senior adoptions.  Yes, puppies and kittens can be irresistible, but adult animals are better suited to our lifestyles, as they are calm, well-mannered, and less destructive. Seniors, …

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Spread the Love Y’All

Given that more than 130 cars came through our most recent PetAid event, it’s not surprising that I don’t remember meeting Emily.  That day was a blur of masked faces belonging to pet parents who were having difficulty making ends meet and caretakers w …

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Having Friends In High Kitty Places

It was supposed to be a routine dental. Bugsy had one suspect tooth, but more importantly, keeping on top of mouth and gum care is essential for a former street cat who’s FIV+. It had been three years since his last one so we quickly scheduled a date a …

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8000 Pounds of Salvation

“The shipment is at our warehouse in Federalsburg, Maryland. Can you arrange pick up?” The question came from one of our Softies, Chris Hughes – known throughout the animal rescue world along with his wife Mariesa as co-founders of the Mr. Mo Project – …

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Ignorance Is No Longer An Excuse

Surely, you’ve come across one or two of them in your travels.  Kitties that peer out from behind a bush or a dumpster, that scurry to the nearest gutter when you park your car or streak across the alley behind your home.  You probably think, …

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I Tried Not to Cry, But Failed.

The noose of our coronavirus-imposed isolation was tightening and I skipped my usual errands this past Saturday. Yet, a pleasant tranquility had settled into our home, as I went about chores and meal preparation for the week.  Our cats were watchi …

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Mission Impossible

I received a call last week from Peggy, my surrogate mother and childhood ballet teacher, moments after Governor Hogan issued a sweeping executive order temporarily closing restaurants, bars, and gyms to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  …

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