Riding Shotgun With Officer Softie

I arrived at the Central District Police Station looking out of place (think: geeky grandma-chic). I stood in line to sign my life away, and it came up that I was the “cat lady” who would be riding along with Officer Jon Boyer.  I laughed, because let’ …

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The Day Fate Stepped In

With more than 12,000 animals coming through the door every year, you wouldn’t expect the staff at BARCS to recognize one lone pup from a meeting many months before. This pup, however, was not easily forgotten – in fact, on his prior visit, he had moti …

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Over the course of the last two years, we’ve been fortunate to develop relationships with like-minded organizations and individuals across the country.  In some cases, we’ve been able to actually meet those Facebook friends in person – and each of thos …

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Who You Going To Call?

We often say – we don’t know how shelter staff and rescue volunteers do it.  We can’t imagine the toll it takes on your heart and your psyche to see a daily parade of dumped, abandoned, surrendered and abused animals and yet have so few resources to pu …

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It’s Time To Name Names

We’re pleased to announce the finalists for SYSS’ 1st Annual BowWowZa Awards.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at a hooting and howling good awards ceremony at Cafe Hon in Hampden. Most likely to cough up a hairball: Cindy Wright …

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How A Photo Changed Lives

There was something about the photo that Malinda couldn’t get out of her head.   Maybe it was the resemblance to one of her own rescue pups that tugged at her heart or maybe it was just the fact that these two sisters had been unceremoniously dropped a …

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The Forgotten Ones

It was just a little over a year ago that Hurricane Sandy came bearing down on the East Coast.  While most of us were fretting about whether we’d have Internet or TV, the staff at BARCS was worrying about whether the 200 plus animals in its care would …

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Imagine

As you may be aware, we’re in a lawsuit with the City of Baltimore over ownership and control of the Show Your Soft Side campaign.  That means, periodically, we receive the latest court filings from the City, which has now amounted to enough paper to f …

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A Softie Proposal

In the not-so-distant past, your phone would ring and you wouldn’t have a clue who was on the other end.  Thank God those days are over, or I might not have answered that night. I was at dinner with girlfriends and had just sat down when a very loud pi …

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A Plain Brown Dog

Some stories have the power to melt a million hearts while others barely get a second glance.  Such is the story of a plain brown dog, one of thousands found on the streets of Baltimore and deposited at BARCS.  This one came in with her tail between he …

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