The future animal shelter in Prince Frederick will be named in honor of former Calvert Commissioner Linda Kelley, who played a lead role in rewriting Calvert’s Animal Control Ordinance and has served with several organizations, including the local Humane Society, Calvert Animal Welfare League and Friends of Felines.
According to TheBayNet.com,
“I thank her for lighting the fire and pouring gasoline on it,” said Commissioner Mike Hart [R – District 1], referencing Kelley’s activism on behalf of Calvert’s domestic animals. In late 2015, Kelley and other members of Calvert’s representatives on the Tri-County Animal Shelter Advisory Board recommended Calvert consider building its own facility. Several months after an historic joint meeting in Calvert of the county commissioner board of all three Southern Maryland counties, representatives of Marrick Properties came forward and offered to build a shelter for Calvert. The developer would lease the facility to Calvert County Government with an option to purchase later.
“This is her dream, she helped bring it to reality and her name belongs on it,” Commissioners President Tom Hejl [R – At large] stated in a county government press release.
“The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter will save all healthy and treatable animals, even when the shelter is full,” the county press release stated. “Only terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety will be euthanized.”