Catching a Killer

After the first year of doing Show Your Soft Side’s social media, I learned to turn off notifications. If not, life would just be one long series of dings.  Fortunately, I had forgotten to do that for Twitter so, on March 30, 2018 while lying on a beac …

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A Soft Side Christmas Story

His eyes were constantly sore and irritated, because his fur scratched his corneas each time he blinked.  His eyelids curved unnaturally inward and he needed surgery to correct the condition.  There is little hope for injured street cats and those with …

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Prison Cats

The brochure caught our attention.  “Help! Rescued Cats Sent to Prison.  What are you in for?”  We immediately set out to learn what the cats needed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW) in Jessup. As it turns out, th …

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The Road To Oxford & Back

I recently returned from a humane education conference at the Oxford Centre on Animal Ethics with our colleagues from the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC), who crafted a humane education curriculum specifically for our campaign.  We present …

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Another Throw Away Cat

The message from Dawn popped up on my phone at 5:19 PM.  “I was just feeding one of my colonies and I came across a cat that has apparently been hit by a car.  It was under a parked vehicle and the poor thing was crying and can barely move. …

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Sweating Bullets

Anybody who knows me, knows I’m a worrier. It’s a tendency that usually reaches a fevered pitch at around 3 am.  Anytime we’re coming up an on event, I bolt awake right around that time and immediately start going down the list of all the things that c …

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Soft Side Goes International

We all have a love/hate relationship with social media, but it has made the world smaller for people and better for animals.  In fact, animals may just be benefiting more than any other sector in the non-profit world. Take, for example, Lainey Charter, …

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This Cat’s Legacy: Helping Others

We all know that Sande Riesett, co-founder of Show Your Soft Side, is the first person to cheer on others’ good and generous works — especially when those people are good and generous to animals. Sande is a little quieter when it comes to tooting her …

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Riding the Rescue Railroad

I’ve seen the posts a few gazillion times.  “Can anybody transport a dog from here to there?”  “Who can pick up a kitty at such and such an address?”  I’ve seen them, I’ve even shared them, but it wasn’t until this past week, I had any c …

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Justice For Those With No Name

There are moments that both define and change the trajectory of our lives.  For Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM, it was the moment she laid eyes on Puppy Doe. As a shelter veterinarian, Smith-Blackmore had seen her share of neglect and abuse, but nothing p …

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