Plaque Memorial Dedication Ceremony for Local 5 Year Old Who Helped the Homeless Animals (Maryland)

On Friday, February 7th at 10:30 a.m. Baltimore Humane Society will be holding a plaque ceremony in memory of Sarah Jayne Orton.  Please join us as we unveil a plaque memorializing the little girl who helped the homeless animals.

Five year old Sarah loved all animals and lived her short life doing all she could to help and care for them.  For her fifth birthday, Sarah specifically asked that all birthday gifts be given as donations to Baltimore Humane Society, the shelter where her own dog, Scooter, had been adopted before Sarah was even born.

Sadly, Sarah passed away suddenly just a few months after her fifth birthday.  Sarah’s favorite color was rainbow so it is fitting that the plaque in her memory be hung on the BHS dog kennel which now wears a brightly colored mural painted by 7th grade students from Temple Emanuel.

To honor their daughter, Sarah’s family set up the Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Foundation.  All donations go toward the care of the animals at Baltimore Humane Society. (link:

The Orton family is also introducing the Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Walk/Run that will be held every May around Sarah’s birthday.  The first Walk will be on May 17th at Sandymount Park in Finksburg at 11am.  For more information and to register for the walk email:

Sarah’s aunt, Nicole Mathews, and Baltimore Humane Society Executive Director, Jen Swanson, will speak at the dedication.

Date:  Friday, February 7, 2014
Time:  10:30am
Location:  Baltimore Humane Society, Dog Kennel entrance
1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown  21136

About The Baltimore Humane Society:

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services. We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.  For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit

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6 years ago

What a lovely thought and ceremony for such a beautiful little soul. May her family, friends and loved ones always be proud of her and endeavor to emulate her love and compassion for all living beings.

Marjorie Dawson
6 years ago

Oh I wish I could be there to honour that little girl. May the Dedication give her parents great pride for their daughter.