Why Do Those Who Have The Least Often Give The Most?

When Saturday rolls around on Street Kitty Fund duty, you always hope your last 48 hours will be quiet ones.  That was not the case for me on Saturday, June 15.  That morning, a name popped up on my phone that sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t p …

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Taking Mr. Black Home

Funny how things work.  We’d been going back and forth for weeks trying to arrange a day when I could accompany Juliann on her colony feeding rounds and had finally settled on Saturday, February 18.  What made it so fitting was that in additi …

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44,500 Pounds Of Gratitude

It’s a beautiful thing when the stars align and, in this case, the heavens began to move in our direction with a simple phone call.  On the other end of the line was Softie, Chris Hughes.  “Hey Sande, the VP at Weruva just called me because t …

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How Love Is Keeping 16 Cats Alive

It was my week on Street Kitty Fund duty when the request came in for emergency medical care for a kitty named Bug.  As full-time staff and love-struck Mom to a former street cat named Bugs (plural), this one struck close to home.  I started …

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When Weruva’s Three Amigos Came To Town

When you live in a city with 86,000 abandoned, dumped and feral cats trying to survive on the streets and only a handful of volunteers and organizations willing to care for them, you jump when you get a call from Chris Hughes at Weruva.  To give you so …

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When You Can’t Look Away

Thomas had the kind of face that makes you want to avert your eyes and look away.  In fact, that’s exactly what countless people had been doing for the better part of the past six years.  However, on one fateful day in early March, the stars …

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2020 Saved The Worst For Last

Like most Soft Side stories, this one started with a post. “Anybody in Essex available to help me with a cat rescue?” It was a post from Dawn Marie who, if you follow us regularly, you’ll know is one of a small army of Baltimore Kitty Angels who will m …

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In Search of a Miracle

All adoptions are wonderful, but we have always had a soft spot for senior adoptions.  Yes, puppies and kittens can be irresistible, but adult animals are better suited to our lifestyles, as they are calm, well-mannered, and less destructive. Seniors, …

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8000 Pounds of Salvation

“The shipment is at our warehouse in Federalsburg, Maryland. Can you arrange pick up?” The question came from one of our Softies, Chris Hughes – known throughout the animal rescue world along with his wife Mariesa as co-founders of the Mr. Mo Project – …

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Mission Impossible

I received a call last week from Peggy, my surrogate mother and childhood ballet teacher, moments after Governor Hogan issued a sweeping executive order temporarily closing restaurants, bars, and gyms to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  …

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