Calvert County’s new animal shelter is named in honor of former Calvert County Commissioner Linda Kelley. The Owings resident was widely known as a vocal and committed advocate of animal rights and their safe and humane treatment. The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter is dedicated to fulfilling Mrs. Kelley’s vision for the humane treatment of animals and providing resources for the citizens of Calvert County
Ms. Kelley was elected to her first term as a Calvert County Commissioner in 1994. She was subsequently re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006. A woman of deep compassion and convictions, she is credited with spearheading the opening and operation of Safe Harbor, Calvert County’s shelter for abused women and children, and supported many other Calvert County initiatives. She had 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, 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, helped to shape and improve Calvert County’s community. Ms. Kelley consistently had the best interest of all citizens and animals at heart.