Calvert County Commissioners to Name Animal Shelter After Former Commissioner Linda Kelley

January 25, 2017

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announced today it will dedicate a new Prince Frederick animal shelter in honor of former Calvert County Commissioner Linda Kelley. The Owings resident is widely known as a vocal and committed advocate of animal rights and their safe and humane treatment.

The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter will save all healthy and treatable animals, even when the shelter is full. Only terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety will be euthanized.

“Linda Kelley led Calvert County’s charge for many years to build its own animal shelter and end its investment in the regional tri-county shelter,” said Board President Tom Hejl. “This is her dream, she helped bring it to reality and her name belongs on it.”

At a May 17, 2016 press conference, the board announced it was entering into a public/private partnership to lease a facility for a new animal shelter with an option to purchase the building at a later date. The shelter will be between 8,000 and 14,000 square feet and employ up to 10 full-time positions. “It’s everything we always hoped it would be,” shared Kelley as she took the podium to speak at the press conference.

Kelley was elected to her first term as a county commissioner in 1994. She was subsequently re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006. A woman of deep compassion and convictions, she is also credited with spearheading the opening and operation of Safe Harbor, Calvert County’s shelter for abused women and children, and supported many other county initiatives.

She has a strong background in civic involvement, having served on dozens of boards, commissions and coalitions including the board of the Friends of Felines and the Tri-County Animal Shelter. Her decades of involvement with the local Boy Scouts, Dunkirk Area Concerned Citizens Association, the Calvert County Ethics Commission, Calvert Citizens Coalition, the Maryland Chapter of Grandparents United for Children’s Rights, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, to name a few, has helped to shape and improve Calvert County’s community.


8 Responses to Calvert County Commissioners to Name Animal Shelter After Former Commissioner Linda Kelley

  1. Cat Dad on January 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I remember Ms. Kelley from my time with Friends of Felines and the cat sanctuary. Congratulations Linda.

  2. Anonymous #13 on January 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    What an honor for a wonderful woman. She’s going to love it.

  3. Tony O'Donnell on January 26, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Linda Kelley is a life-long public servant. She has had a lifetime career of serving the citizens of the United States of America at the Department of the Interior. She displayed dedicated service to her local community through her long association with the Dunkirk Area Concerned Citizens Association (DACCA). Four terms elected (16 years) as a County Commissioner in Calvert County is no small feat, trust me when I tell you this. She has always been a champion of the underdog and especially looking out for the most vulnerable populations amongst us. This includes but is certainly not limited to the championing of grand-parent’s rights, veterans concerns, humane treatment of animals, protecting and caring for abused persons, and raising up our next generation of youth. Ask anyone in the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, or the NJROTC of her never ending commitment to those organizations. She more than helped to stand up and defend an abused persons shelter at Safe Harbor. She helped create the College of Southern Maryland as it transitioned from the Charles County Community College. She helped preserve our land in Calvert and she was neither fearful in standing up to power nor embarrassed in kneeling to the needy and vulnerable. She did all these things over a sustained period of time while always being protective of the taxpayers who paid the bills. Linda has been hard as nails and simultaneously as soft as a Teddy Bear. She has always been loyal to family and friends alike, without exception. Do I think this facility should be named after Linda Kelley? Without a doubt, it should be! Your service to our community, state, and nation is greatly appreciated my friend, and your commitment to animals should be rightly recognized. Thank you Linda Kelley.

    • Anonymous #13 on January 27, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Very well said. Thank you, Mr. O’Donnell. Linda is a passionate advocate for any worthy cause. Animals and human beings have benefited from her on-going service to Calvert County. God bless you, Linda.

  4. Jeffy on January 27, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I like apples, and cats, and especially cats named Apples.

    • Anonymous on January 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Ms Kelley certainly cared more for animals than she did for the citizens she was supposed to represent. Just please don’t name a hospital after her.

  5. Anonymous on January 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Ms Kelley was a donald republican who was ahead of her time. She took care of herself first.

    • Robert Frost on January 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Please stfu Hillary and go away, you lost! Worry about where Bill stores his expensive Gurkha cigars and stop bothering the good citizens of this country.