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Mission Statement

Bide-A-Wee has found responsible homes for over 1,000,000 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies during our first 100 years. Bide-A-Wee also provides veterinary care for 20,000 pets each year; training assistance for adopters; humane education programs for thousands of children; pet therapy visits to nursing homes, hospitals and hospices; the Golden Years Retirement Home for older dogs and cats; two Pet Memorial Parks; and bereavement counseling.


Welcome to Bide-A-Wee -- the companion animal welfare society whose no-kill adoption centers have found loving homes for more than one million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in the century since we were founded.

Every year, thousands of helpless, unwanted pets find their way to Bide-A-Wee's doors to receive shelter, food, medical care, companionship and love. Within a few months, nearly all are successfully placed with carefully screened adopters.

Were it not for Bide-A-Wee, many of these pets would end up abandoned or destroyed. Unfortunately, many public and privately operated shelters still routinely destroy animals that are not adopted within a specified timeframe or are deemed "hard to place." In New York City alone, more than 40,000 dogs and cats are destroyed each year. At Bide-A-Wee, an animal is never euthanized unless it is incurably ill.

Bide-A-Wee was established as a nonprofit association in 1903, with the primary purpose of providing temporary shelter and finding loving, responsible homes for unwanted pets.

Today, Bide-A-Wee also works to preserve and extend the special relationship between people and these most devoted of friends, through education, community outreach, free spaying and neutering for dogs and cats every summer, an externship program for veterinary students, pet therapy, pet memorial parks, and the Golden Years Retirement Home for older, unadoptable pets.

There are three Bide-A-Wee adoption centers -- one in Manhattan, and two on Long Island, at Wantagh and Westhampton. They operate at full capacity and usually have a waiting list for admission.

Services at the centers include medical care at fully staffed veterinary clinics for pets waiting to be adopted, plus subsidized care that makes routine checkups, vaccinations, and treatment affordable for pet owners on fixed incomes or in financial need.

The two Long Island centers share their grounds with pet memorial parks, which provide comfort and support for pet owners, families, and friends.

Everyone here at Bide-A-Wee -- the staff and the animals -- appreciates your interest and support. We welcome your inquiries. Please send email to info@bideawee.org for more information.



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