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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Why We Love Us Some Softies

By now, most people know the story of how Indy Car Series driver, Josef Newgarden, came to Baltimore to race and ended up falling for – and then adopting – a local homeless kitty.  But what isn’t so widely known is the fact that Josef’s not the only So …

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Making & Losing Friends

There are few certainties in life, but on Facebook there’s one that’s guaranteed. Anytime we post a graphic story or photo of abuse, a parade of people de-friend us.  Those de-friendings often come with private messages that usually start with “we love …

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Who’s To Blame?

There is no shortage of options when it comes to placing blame for the current state of affairs facing pit bulls in Maryland.   In fact, finger pointing has been fast and furious since that fateful day in 2012 when the Maryland Court of Appeals release …

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When Softie Sparks Fly

The kitten was just six weeks old – so small he could fit in the palm of your hand.  And ironically, that’s exactly where he chose to curl up and fall asleep while we waited for our newest Softie to arrive. The shoot that day had been fraught with obst …

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The Day A Miracle Happened

The email was forwarded from someone in the rescue community.  No cover letter or note, just the original plea from BARCS for a rescue to step up on behalf of a dog found that morning in a Baltimore sewer.  Apparently, people had heard him barking for …

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