Baywater Animal Rescue celebrates 70 years
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.
An adoptable Baywater Animal Rescue dog, Finn.