• Can You Hear Us Now?

    “My dog won’t fight, but I will.” This is just one of the many memorable sentiments displayed on signs that appeared on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol this past Saturday, when Pit Bull owners from all over the country came together for the One Million Pibble March on Washington to protest breed-specific legislation.

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  • A Night Of Unsung Heroes

    An apology to the readers: Due to plague and personal issues, this story is not as timely as it should have been (a big journalistic no-no). I still wanted to provide a little snapshot for those who were not able to attend the BowWowZa Awards; as it was a delightful evening and quite worthy of

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  • Life On The Frontlines

    Lisa Morabito is the Programs Manager at BARCS – The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. It’s a nice title that fits neatly on a business card. What Lisa actually does on a daily basis would likely require multiple volumes. I spent some time with Lisa on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, shadowing her to find

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  • And Then There Was Archie

    A special installment by Show Your Soft Side photographer, Leo Howard Lubow. When I woke up this morning I looked down and saw the covers moving. A small mound just under the blanket started heading toward my toes, then reversed itself and came charging toward my face. A few seconds later two great ears –

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  • 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’s face it…that’s basically true. Upon hearing that, Officer

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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 motivated one volunteer to declare she’d chain herself to him

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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 those meetings has reinforced our belief that the motivation to get involved often comes down

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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 put at their disposal. Most days, we’re ten

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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 – AARF Michelle Green Michelle Ingrodi – Charm City Animal Rescue Peg

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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 at animal control by their former owner without so

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