Baywater Animal Rescue hosts thank-you party at DCA

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Delegate Johnny Mautz, left, and Senator Addie Eckardt congratulate director Maureen Scott-Taylor and Board Chairman Tom Divilio on another successful year for Dorchester’s premier no-kill animal shelter.

CAMBRIDGE — Baywater Animal Rescue hosted an appreciation party for their contributors recently at the Dorchester Center for the Arts. Contributors and well-wishers attended the event, and special guests Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Johnny Mautz came by to give their support.

The event was catered completely by donations from area businesses; which was pointed out by Baywater Director Maureen Scott-Taylor during her short thank-you speech. Sponsors of the party included RAR Brewery, Bay Country Bakery, Bistro Poplar, Canvasback Restaurant, Jimmie & Sooks, Layton’s Chance Winery, Pizza Zia, Portside, Riverview at the Point and The Wine Bar of Cambridge.

“Baywater receives no government funding and therefore is reliant upon the generosity of our donors,” said Ms. Scott-Taylor. “What is even nicer about this event is that our local restaurants stepped up and donated all of the food and beverage. We are very grateful to both our donors and the Cambridge community.”

“This is so important. We have such a high population of feral cats, and we’ve got to make sure all our animals are spayed and neutered,” said Senator Addie Eckardt. “I think that’s the only humane way to address the issue. Because we certainly don’t have enough homes for all those pets. Spay and neuter is the best thing we can do, and we appreciate everyone who participates in that program.”

“Baywater Animal rescue has been around since 1947,” said Board Chairman Tom Divilio. “It has been a no-kill shelter for the last eight to ten years. Because we are no-kill, we have very high medical expenses on the animals. We don’t give up on these animals, because with proper medical care, sometimes surgical care, these animals become excellent pets.
And they get adopted. The animal is grateful, the people who get the animals are grateful, it’s a terrific companionship that develops. It’s very gratifying to work with an organization like this.”

“Baywater no-kill shelter in Dorchester County is leading the way in the state of Maryland for the humane treatment of animals,” said Delegate Johnny Mautz. “This is even something Dr. Pol would take his hat off and applaud! This is a wonderful thing we’re doing, and we need to keep supporting it.”

Ms. Scott-Taylor thanked the Baywater sponsors, donors and customers for their support, and looks forward to another successful year. Baywater Animal Rescue can be found at 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, MD 21613, and their phone is 410-228-3090. See their web site at

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