Due to COVID-19, all visitors are by appointment only. Please call 410-228-3090 to schedule a time to visit.
At Baywater, we try our best to accommodate each and every request we receive daily to admit abandoned, stray or owned animals. Often, we get requests to take in sick or emergent care pets and we just do not have the resources to help in that situation.
Since we are a no-kill shelter, we do not euthanize to make room for more animals. Therefore, we have to constantly balance the needs of our current residents with the welfare of animals who need admission. In order to help the most animals in the fairest way possible, our intake procedure is based upon the health, temperament and behavior of the pet seeking admission. Our priority admission is for dogs/cats that are within Dorchester County. All out-of-county dog intake requests require a $100.00 donation to the shelter, as well as an updated health certificate. We ONLY accept cats from within Dorchester County.
To protect our current residents, animals that are spayed/neutered and free of major health problems will have a better chance of being admitted to BAR. Please make sure that all vaccinations and screening tests are up to date, and provide written documentation of all medical history procedures, including proof of spay/neuter at the time of your intake appointment. If vaccines and health certification are not up to date, we will ask you for a donation in order to have the pet's records updated. The donation amount will be based upon the shots/screenings needed at intake.
Baywater Animal Rescue strives to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter. Please contact Jamie, our Animal Care Supervisor, if you are looking for resources - such as pet food, behavioral questions or advice - before scheduling an appointment to relinquish your pet.
To surrender your pet, please submit a surrender request form to be considered. We are NOT able to take walk-in animal surrenders. Assessments are performed based on availability, and we cannot guarantee in advance that we will be able to accept any animal. Pets are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Getyourpet.com connects pet owners who need to give up a pet directly.
Baywater Animal Rescue does not have an animal control contract, so we do not have legal authority to do any kind of animal control or investigation of animal abuse. We also do not have the staffing or resources for this type of activity. Please contact Dorchester Dog Controlfor: Found/Lost Pets, Stray dogs, dangerous dogs, animal abuse, neglect, fighting or abandonment, licensing, or dog bites.
The Eastern Shore's Leading No-Kill Animal Shelter