Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue cel­e­brates 70 years

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ vic­to­ri­adorstar and on In­sta­gram @dorch­ester.star.

CAM­BRIDGE — Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue re­cently cel­e­brated 70 years of help­ing an­i­mals in need in Dorch­ester County.

On Thurs­day, Oct. 12, the res­cue, along with the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce, hosted a busi­ness-af­ter-hours event in recog­ni­tion of the mon­u­men­tal an­niver­sary. Guests were wel­comed to tours of the fa­cil­i­ties and meet-and­greets with some the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s adopt­able pets.

“On be­half of the Board of Di­rec­tors and the staff of Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue, we are hon­ored to be rec­og­nized for 70 years of ser­vice to Dorch­ester County,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mau­reen Scott-Tay­lor. “We are very glad to be the lead­ing no-kill shel­ter on Mary­land’s East­ern Shore. We look for­ward to serv­ing Dorch­ester for an­other 70 years.”

To con­grat­u­late the or­ga­ni­za­tion on their many years of ser­vice, Bay­wa­ter was pre­sented ci­ta­tions from Mary­land Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37_Mid-Shore; Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37BTal­bot; Del. Chris Adams, R-37B-Wi­comico; and the Of­fice of Gov. Larry Ho­gan.

“You’re not only serv­ing the an­i­mals, but you’re serv­ing our peo­ple,” Eckardt said, not­ing that re­search shows in­ter­ac­tion with an an­i­mal can re­duce heart rate and blood pres­sure, hav­ing a com­fort­ing, calm­ing ef­fect.

Bay­wa­ter, like most an­i­mal res­cue op­er­a­tions, de­pends largely on the gen­eros­ity of vol­un­teers. Scott-Tay­lor took a mo­ment to rec­og­nize sev­eral reg­u­lar vol­un­teers in at­ten­dance, and to in­tro­duce staff, in­clud­ing An­i­mal Care Man­ager Su­san Sex­ton and Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Jayme Schatz.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also re­lies on mon­e­tary do­na­tions and fundrais­ing ef­forts to sup­port the care of their an­i­mals. Bay­wa­ter hosts sev­eral fundrais­ers each year, in­clud­ing the up­com­ing Wags and Wheels Au­tocross event on Satur­day, Oct. 28 at Koski Truck­ing in Hur­lock.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Wags and Wheels and Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue, or to find an adopt­able pet, visit www.bay­wa­t­eran­i­mal­res­cue.org.

To cap off the even­ing, the Dorch­ester Cham­ber helped to stage a rib­bon cut­ting in honor of Bay­wa­ter’s 70th an­niver­sary.

Del­e­gate Chris Adams, Sen­a­tor Ad­die Eckardt, Bay­wa­ter Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mau­reen Scott-Tay­lor, Bay­wa­ter Board Pres­i­dent Tom Divilio, and Del­e­gate Johnny Mautz cut and serve the cel­e­bra­tory cake.

An adopt­able Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue dog, Ruby.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

An adopt­able Bay­wa­ter An­i­mal Res­cue dog, Finn.

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