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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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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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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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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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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