This non profit is top dog/ kitty! I volunteer and can personally speak regarding the love and care these precious animals receive! From the exceptional staff to the fund raising efforts to the flawless, loving care the animals receive is nothing short of AWESOME!!! The Humane Society of Dorchester County is by far one of the best shelter's in existence!!!
Ann and I volunteer at Bay Water Rescue center twice a week plus other special occasions. Given the limited budget we are impressed with the quality of care and dedication of the staff . They are intrepid in their search to find the right matches of dogs/cats to adopters. Well done.
Our most joyous times are when some innocent creature, who only wants to love you, finds a home. Take Jenna, an 8yr old Australian cattle dog, who everyone loved but no one wanted as she was too old. She now resides in Pa w/our daughter and family and has won the lottery. Or take Buddy, wagging and bellying up at Pet Smart. Great Mom going thru breast cancer chemo w/3 girls who fell in love. Buddy wagged hs way to a new home. We saw them last week and Buddy was still wagging but a few treats heavier.
So how about it ?? We can use some help...no..the Pups and Cats CAN.......
I realize that most nonprofits work on a shoestring budget, which makes what the amazing people at Baywater Animal Rescue even more exceptional.
My wife and I have been fosters for kittens that arrive at Baywater -from a little one a few days old, to many other little furries with a few weeks under them. Our first attempt at fostering was a huge success for Baywater and a complete failure for us. We fell in love with our first kitten and couldn't imagine handing her back. Since then, we've gained more experience, making sure our role as fosters is to set up these little ones for great future forever homes. What we have learned along the way has everything to do with the love and compassion that Baywater staff offers -from caring for the animals that arrive, to the fosters and parents to come. The wealth of knowledge and generosity of the volunteers we have come into contact with is what gives this place heart and soul. In fact, when one of our kittens became sick, I called Suzette & she was a tremendous source of information, kindness, and patience. --I can't give enough props to Baywater. I've seen the way many animals are ignored or abandoned in our community. Baywater deserves every bit of support, (and so much more) that our community has to offer, as they continue to serve the care of animals and the integrity of all of them to have a happy, healthy homes.
I started volunteering at Baywater after we adopted our wonderful dog Dixie from Baywater. The staff works tirelessly to do all they can to rescue and find homes for dogs and cats who would otherwise not have much of a chance at a happy life. If you have time please drop off supplies, or perhaps take time to walk or foster a dog, perhaps spend some time with the cats you will be glad you did.
I originally went there to drop off supplies to the shelter animals one year for Christmas. To me, there was a sadness in my heart for the dogs because I felt like there was more I could be doing. Then I had read that they were looking for volunteers to help walk the dogs, bath, clean up, help with the cats and kittens. I decided those were all things that I could help with. I found that playing and walking the dogs felt so good and rewarding. The dogs would run and play. They would roll over and wait for belly rubs. They would almost smile at the fact someone was giving them, if only for the moment, all the time in the world. Soon, I had hubby tagging along. It was so rewarding. We started to take dogs to events and adoption outings. We loved it all. One day a dog came in from a kill shelter in GA. When I would take him out, he would run around the outside pen area and then jump on my lap for a belly rub. This went on several times that day. Sad that I had to put him back, I walked and played with other doggies too. Some how this little man was stealing my heart. I already had 4 dogs at home. Wasn't long before someone put in a application for him, was approved and never showed. This happened a few times and each week he was still there. My husband assured me God had a plan for him. He was correct. After several weeks of him being there, the staff let me bring "Stuart Little" home for a trial run with all my dogs. They are 80 lbs and he was 15 lbs. He was so happy here. He was running and playing like never before. Our dogs couldn't catch him. However, he caught our heart and he soon became part of our family. We love him so much!! Although we can't bring them all home, we always see what a splendid job the staff does there to match each pet with a new owner. Each day, I see facebook posts where another dog or cat has been adopted. Many brought here from high kill shelters just like Stuart. There are happy endings. You just have to know where to look. I am thankful for the care and love that the staff and volunteers put in at the shelter. They do it with their heart and soul. Not because they have too but because they want to. Thank you Baywater Animal Rescue for all that you do to save a life of living critters that others deam unworthy. Each animal there deserves a home of their own and the Staff at Baywater makes it happen.
My mom was on their facebook page and saw a picture of a beautiful brindle dog. As they do with most of their posts on new animals that come in, they describe it's traits and give hours to come see it. We went in and saw the dog, he was beautiful and you could tell that the staff had a personal relationship with the dog. They allowed us to bring our other dog in to walk around the yard with him and it turned out great, considering our dog is violent. They gave us a great discount because the dog had been owned then gave back to another shelter (the previous owner abused him and we all assumed just didn't like the dog so gave it up.) 5 months later we are doing great and they treat the animals excellent. If you are looking for a animal that's the place to go! They let the dogs run around outside and play in a pool almost everyday during the spring and summer. The quality of their treatment is amazing. Look them up on Facebook and look at some of the animals they have!! Their page is under Bay water Animal Rescue.