By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
I have a confession to make: right before I enter an animal shelter, I get a nervous feeling in my stomach. Part of that uneasiness lies with not knowing what is behind those doors. Are the cats and dogs treated well? Does the staff dote on the pets? Are the surroundings welcoming?
When I think of Bideawee, I can answer “yes” to all three of those questions. Bideawee, which means “stay awhile,” in Scottish, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903, Bideawee is a not‐for‐profit 501(c)3 humane animal organization and 100 percent of Bideawee’s funding comes from private sources. Bideawee operates one facility in New York City and two on Long Island.
Veterinary Services and Educational Programs
Its full-service veterinary practice, which is open to the public, provides high-quality care to private client animals in addition to caring for the thousands of cats and dogs that reside there each year. And once you adopt from Bideawee, the relationship doesn’t end. Follow up calls regarding pet care are always welcome. They have a series of workshops for people and their pets, including doga (yoga classes for people and dogs), dog training workshops, reading to dogs program for children, and more.
When I was at the New York City facility, I got to meet a handful of volunteers who spoke highly of the place, the staff, and the animals. Bidawee’s staff have a knack for pairing pets and people so the pets find their fur-ever homes. And the people I know in this industry only have kind words for Bideawee.
So, when Up Country approached me about donating 50 collars and leashes to an animal shelter and I mentioned Bideawee, they were excited. They knew the great reputation behind the name. “All of us at Up Country are so grateful for Bideawee’s community’s long-standing commitment to helping homeless animals,” says Donna Bodell, director of Marketing for Up Country. “The range of programs and services they offer are enormously helpful to all of the animals and humans who are able to take advantage of them. As strong proponents of pet adoption, we are happy to help them in this small way to continue to care for their animals until they go to their forever homes.”
Up Country, which is located in East Providence, RI, makes all of their products in the United States. Their colorful ribbon collars are made from high-tensile strength nylon webbing with sewn on polyester/nylon ribbons. Up Country’s ribbons are stain and fray resistant, and designed to last a lifetime. All collar and lead hardware is cast, not welded brass. Their Quick-Release Buckles are Coast Guard approved for high weight hold, and the collars and leashes are machine washable.
In addition to making these beautiful collars and leashes, Up Country makes pet treats, pet futons, toys, and other goodies.
I am excited to score this donation for Bideawee, but I need your help. Please leave a comment in the comments section of this post. Tell us about your pet or about your pet’s favorite accessory or toy. I would like at least 100 comments so Bideawee can get their collars and leashes. These collars are for cats and dogs, and the leashes are for dogs. And take a moment to visit Bideawee and Up Country’s websites.
This contest runs through February 17 at 3 p.m. eastern. Thanks in advance for leaving your comments and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family—both two and four-leggeds.