• 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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  • 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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