• 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 own horn — but that horn deserves a whole

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  • Can’t You TNR Somewhere Else?

    While we don’t have a clue who the Baltimore City resident is that complained so vehemently about TNR efforts in his or her neighborhood that it necessitated a full-on City Council hearing, in hindsight, we’re glad they did.  It was a fascinating glimpse into an army of organizations and lone wolf volunteers who spend their

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  • Story Time at the Shelter

    Anyone who’s ever read the book, Pretzel, from the Curious George series knows it’s filled with teachable moments.  However, you might be surprised to learn that a number of those moments are now taking place at an animal shelter in Baltimore.   It’s all part of the Maryland SPCA’s Summer Reading Program where local children bring

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  • The Show Must Go On

    It was hazy, hot & humid and the air conditioner was broken. To make matters worse, Mittens, the star of the show — who was the ASPCA Cat of the Year in 2011 — could not appear, as she had previously suffered medical complications from the heat. The show must go on, however, and that’s

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  • Damn, We’re Impressed

    In addition to stopping animal cruelty before it starts, Show Your Soft Side also strives to educate and motivate, but sometimes, we are the beneficiaries of our own goals. It’s good to leave Baltimore every so often because we learn and are inspired every time we travel. Last November we were invited to speak at

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