• Spread The Love Y’All

    Given that more than 130 cars came through our most recent PetAid event, it’s not surprising that I don’t remember meeting Emily.  That day was a blur of masked faces belonging to pet parents who were having difficulty making ends meet and caretakers who are constantly trying to scratch together enough money to feed as

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  • Having Friends In High Kitty Places

    It was supposed to be a routine dental. Bugsy had one suspect tooth, but more importantly, keeping on top of mouth and gum care is essential for a former street cat who’s FIV+. It had been three years since his last one so we quickly scheduled a date and then prepared for a grumpy little

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  • Ignorance Is No Longer An Excuse

    Surely, you’ve come across one or two of them in your travels.  Kitties that peer out from behind a bush or a dumpster, that scurry to the nearest gutter when you park your car or streak across the alley behind your home.  You probably think, oh well, it’s just another feral and you go on

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  • I Tried Not To Cry, But Failed.

    The noose of our coronavirus-imposed isolation was tightening and I skipped my usual errands this past Saturday. Yet, a pleasant tranquility had settled into our home, as I went about chores and meal preparation for the week.  Our cats were watching the birds at the feeder and friends were calling to check in, when I

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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 medical conditions.  Yet, “Big Daddy” was one of the lucky ones, for a kind

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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, the prison’s 3-year old Rescue Cat Program has been a lifesaver for older and less

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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 presented to an international audience of educators and scholars about Soft Side’s efforts to stop animal cruelty and IHAC’s

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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 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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