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Contest to Benefit Bideawee

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?

Victor Cortez, veterinary assistant at Bideawee, gets a “High Five” from a shelter pet.

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.

This is my favorite design from Up Country.

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.

138 comments to Contest to Benefit Bideawee

  • michel

    great article Michele and a very worthy organization. good luck!

  • Well done, Michele. I’ll hop over to Bideawee and Up Country right now! I so agree on the queasy feeling in your stomach when approaching a shelter – my problem is I see too many cats I want to bring home. I can be selective about dogs – usually the dog will make the choice, but with cats – I just want all of them.

  • My 2-year-old rescue Blue wears that yellow “adopted” collar around his neck–with pride. Gorgeous!

  • Joni Mueller

    Glad to hear about Bideawee, what a clever name too. But of course their devotion to the animals is what’s really important. I have six cats and a rabbit and volunteer for our local rescue. I currently am fostering a Japanese Chin who was rescued from a puppy mill. She is 7 years old and afraid of just about everything so it isn’t the easiest fostering I’ve done, I feel so bad for her. I think the cats help her feel a little better. Good collars are very important, esp for dogs. I hope you get these good collars!

  • Love those adopted collars! Beautiful!!!

  • Happy Valentine’s Day! The love that we receive from our pets is unconditional and year-round 🙂

  • My dog has UpCountry leashes and collars and my favorite is the “nuts” set – it is adorable with squirrels and nuts on it, which is perfect for a spaniel who loves to chase this critters 😉 What a great effort for Bideawee and I applaud Michele for her paw-tastic efforts.

  • Faye Howard

    The collars are great, i love them!

  • Ginger

    My cat Twinkle is a Ragdoll/Calico who loves toy mice. From time to time, she’ll move her mice all around the apartment. Sometimes I’ll even come home to find one on my bed.

  • Patricia Shechter

    I would LOVE to get a couple of those collars for my two wonderful kitties, both of whom were rescues whom I adopted in March 2004. Those are beautiful collars, & I’m delighted to help Bideawee!

  • Maria Milito

    This is a great contest and Bideawee is a wonderful organization!
    I love the collars; nice job Up Country!

  • Candice

    My dogs have UpCountry leashes and collars and they are both durable and have great choices of prints to fit any dogs personality!!! This is a great article Michelle and a great opportunity for Bideawee!!!

  • Cici Train

    WOOHOO!! Happy Valentines day 🙂

  • Renee

    I’m so glad to help what little i can. Hope you get all the comments you need!

  • Sue

    Wishing you & Bideawee the best of luck for this contest!~ Luv the collars!:)))))))

  • Hoping you get your 100 comments. great web site, love those collars!

  • Since I have several cats and neigbour’s cats that visit daily, I’ll mention the once thing they all like, but I don’t recall the name of it. It’s a hard, green catnip ball…like a gumball. It’s been here for several months and is still going strong.

    Bideawee sounds like a wonderful organization. Good luck to them getting Up Country’s collars & leashes!

  • Cait

    Those collars are beautiful! I may just have to go purchase some for my “kids”…but until then, I certainly hope Bideawee gets the donation they so deserve.

  • Ande

    My diva kitty loves her beaded necklaces. Last year we gave her a cultured pearl necklace with a lovely pendant. You could tell that she was so proud of herself and she made sure that everyone in the room would see it and take notice of it. This year we gave her a blue Murano glass bead necklace which looks very nice with her orange fur. I hope that this contest is successful, so that the kitties at the shelter will be able to embrace their inner diva with a new collar.

  • Kenny V

    What a sweet gift for the Kitties and Pups at Bidawee from UpCountry through this beautiful article Michele.I hope it brings them all lots of love and happy forever homes. My kitty just sometimes likes to play with a little string, the fancy toys usually get ignored? Her brush really gets her excited too! Happy Valentines Day!

  • I love the collars!!!! My cats´ favorite toy are cardboxes and straws. Nothing fancy…I tried all kinds of toys but they prefer the ¨classic¨stuff. Good luck with the contest !!!!

  • I love the “Adopted” collar. Maybe Bidawee could do a promotion so the next 50 dogs adopted receive a collar and Up Country could get a little extra PR?

  • I trust Bideawee gets all the comments required. Good luck Michelle!

  • Paws down, my cats favorite toy is The Cat Dancer! It’s simple, and makes me interact with them…we all need to do that more often, right?!

  • Patty

    Here’s hoping Bidawee wins those needed collars and leashes. Good luck Michele!

  • Patty

    Keep up your good work for the voiceless.

  • Avia R

    My dog has an UpCountry “Mom” tattoo collar. He is a total mama’s buy so it suits him perfectly. I hope you get all the comments you need and Bideawee gets their collars and leashes.

  • Lori Smith

    What a terrific donation to Bideawee! Way to go, Michele! Well, I would like to tell you about my little furry Valentine Roady – my cat. His favorite toys are his catnip mice. Oh how he stalks them, tosses them, and rolls on them!! Happy Valentine’s Day Pet News and Views!!!

  • Michele, thanks as always for everything you do for critters, and thanks to Up Country for supporting your good work! If we ever need collars, we’ll know which ones to get!

  • Linda

    I have 7 cats. We adopted the first one, Pixel. I took in a stray calico that we named Mimzy. It turned out that Mimzy was pregnant. She had 5 kittens, 4 boys & 1 girl. Nobody wanted any of the kittens so we kept them all. I named them Buddy, Sparky, Howie, Blackie & Cali.

  • Bev

    Michele, thank you so much for helping Bideawee! It is one of my favorite animal centers and so very deserving of praise and assistance! Big kudos to their volunteers and employees!!

  • Debra Brumbaugh

    What a great job you do! Keep up the good work!

  • What a great idea hope u get to 100 so the cats and dogs get new collars

  • I can totally relate to the questions you pose at the beginning. Such a feeling of relief when a shelter is well run. Thanks for all you do, Michele!

  • Patrick M. Donovn

    Great collars; a must for any cat or dog which may go outdoors.

  • Lola

    great work Michele, hope you win.

  • Nice to see such a wonderful service for our 4 legged friends! Thank you!

  • David Groves

    My mother has a little Pomeranian named Butch. He loves this little stuffed animal bear more than any other toy. Sometimes, we play fetch with it, but he doesn’t bring it directly back. He doesn’t really care for his “teddy” to go through wear and tear, although it is getting pretty dirty and threadbare. He sleeps with it, has intimate relations with it, and knows where it is at all times. It is his constant companion.

    Recently, my mother brought Butch and his teddy to the house of her daughter, who had just gotten a new pup. This little dog was bigger than Butch from the start, and terribly rambunctious. Within ten minutes, he had torn the eyes off Butch’s teddy and it was bleeding stuffing. Butch was terribly depressed and didn’t know what to do. He couldn’t protect himself against this “dog from hell,” as my mother likes to call him. My mother, appalled, took the old, battered teddy and sewed it up and gave it new eyes. No more visits to hell for old Butchie!

  • Hooray for Bideawee for their excellent work and to Up Country for all the support they provide to adopted pets! I love their stylish collars and leashes but especially love the Adopted design!!

  • Franco Di Palma

    Great article and great to know that Bideawee is such a great shelter. My shelter in NY is PetsAlive. Another good shelter that is no kill all the time. Thank you for your article……

  • Super Hurrah for Bideawee! I have a lot of favorite toys everything from my Cat Power Tower to my Tipsy Nip Tickle Pickle. Thank you for helping our cousins in need Michele! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  • Great organization and thanks for all your hard work.

  • Beth M.

    That “adopted” collar is so cute!

  • Mary Lou Sheehan

    I wish all shelters were run like Bideawee! They are a perfect example of how much better this world would be if all animal shelters were the caring place they are! Love makes all the difference in the world of people and animals!! And animals feel so much better when they aren’t scared and know they are somewhere that’s going to treat them like the loving babies they are. Thank you!

  • Catopia Feline Rescue

    Here is a comment for you, best of luck!

  • Colleen G.

    Good luck!

  • Thanks for all of your excellent work for animals, Bideawee and Up Country!

  • Bideawee sounds like a wonderful shelter. Love the collars. Kudos to your efforts to help them.

  • Carol Hupp

    love the collars especially the adopted. thank you Michele for all you do for the precious animals!!

  • Tamara Schraiber

    lets get those wonderful collars for bidawee…you go michele!!!

  • Lesley W.

    Thank you so much for all you do to help the animals! Go Bideawee and Up Country!! Please remember, adopt, spay, neuter and LOVE your pets!

  • Friend of Michelle

    Keep up the good work, Michelle.

  • My young dog Ruby just got a new toy that she loves. It is a plumpy,
    floppy round bellied cute donkey toy! It squeaks too.

  • sonja marder

    keep up the great work! adopted dogs really know the meaning of unconditional love!

  • Rescue is my favorite breed. 🙂 Thanks for helping, Michele. Kudos to Bideawee and Up Country!

  • Love those colorful collars! My Diego’s fave toy is his sister, Nola, I am sad to say. He for the most part leaves her alone, but gets into his moods where he pounces on her and chases her off of the bed – not nice! Other than that, he likes his cat dancer, and chasing after his balls and mice.

  • Anne Settanni

    thank you for all that you do for animals! The collars are beautiful!

  • Jamie S

    My cat Pippin, who is our deaf white cat, his favorite toys are white mice that are furry, just as long as they are white! Happy Valentine’s Day to all and to your furry family members.

  • Bideawee sounds like a wonderful organization. I hope they win the collars.

  • Wonderful collars and a wonderful organization. Best of luck!

  • fran

    we just adopted a tiny jack russel / chihuahua mix & her favorite toy is a puppy fisher-price telephone. We just got her on Saturday, so hopefully she’ll have other favorites too. My 2 rescued cats (brought home in September) love all kinds of treats & our 2 older minpins (both found on the street) love rawhide. GOOD LUCK & thank you!

  • Maryellen

    Great job … hope Bideawee gets the collars!

  • Lisa

    Great Contest!
    I hope Bideawee wins!

  • Carol Barnes

    I have 3 cats and 3 dogs, all rescues, so we have lots of toys around our house. Our 14 year old cat plays fetch and his favorite items to fetch are paperclips and bag ties. Forget those fancy toys. He leaves them in his dry food dish. We think he has a large stash of them down in the basement because they appear from nowhere. The collars are great! Thank you for your generousity.

  • Debi Mohan

    I have 3 cats and one dog. Duncan, Doughan, Dooley and the dog is Dakota! They all get along famously and Dakota likes playing with the smallest and oldest Duncan. Dooghan thinks he’s a dog and chews laces and Dooley is fat boy and he verbalizes alot! I love them all dearly and will be inconsolable when they leave this world!

  • Steven Mohan

    Hope you get over 100 hits! I coshare myself with those same 3 cats and dog. They are entertaining and amazing. My favorite is Dooghan but I have lost too many Nike laces to that little beast!!!!

  • Mildred Rafanan

    I have a shelter dog-a lab mix named Dropit! You can guess how he got his name! Hope you make over 100.

  • This is a great venture, and this rescue centre has it right! Thank you so much to you all for what you do for the animals. It gladdens my heart to come across more and more true animal advocates each day. In Much Love and Peace to all animals and humans. Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer Therapist (The System of Animal Therapy)

  • Mike & Heidi Lynch

    We have a cat-Rover and two dogs-one a beagle called Winnie and another a long haired chihuahua named Elie. They are joys and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Good luck!

  • Shannon Childs

    I had 2 cats that both passed away about a year ago from old age. Mittens was 18 and Buffy was 16 1/2 yrs old. I miss them and my children want a puppy so we are visiting pet shelters everywhere looking for that speical one!

  • Debi Mohan

    I have had animals all my life and still do today. Everyone should adopt a shelter pet and no puppy mill pets. Shelter are more loving and appreciate you choosing them. They are the most lovable companions anyone could want. ADOPT SHELTER!

  • june bullied

    beautiful collars. best breed of cats and dogs to adopt – RESCUE. god bless all of you and the animals.

  • Jill and Marc Sokol

    My folks adopted their beautiful kitties from Bideawee in NYC and couldn’t be happier!!!

  • Places like Bideawee give us all hope by showing us what rescues and shelters can become. I live in Texas, a black hole for open admission shelters (except Austin & Williamson) and that overburdens our rescues. It is inspirational to see what can be done!

  • Dorene

    Beautiful – wonderful cause!

  • My dog has a squeaky steak that he loves to protect. His favorite game is to bring it near us, then get us to reach for it and chase him…

  • Dot

    Shelter animals are the best! My 2 cats are from a shelter and we’re so grateful to have them! Blessings to Bideawee and all the shelters who take care of these animals until they can find their forever home.

  • Hannah Hudson

    My Belladonna is a rescue, not from a shelter but from an abusive home. My life was blessed the day I got her, a year ago on February 5th. I honestly don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t gotten her. She lights up my everyday and is the reason I get up in the morning (literally, there is no sleeping past 8 with this pup!)

  • JD

    Both my cats came from Bideawee (one was born there). Bideawee is a wonderful organization – and for those in the NYC area, they also have a super (and reasonable) vet service. I only wish humans could get care as good as Bideawee gives my cats.

  • trevor

    U go Ricochet! My favorite toy is those little red lights that the humans shine on the wall, floor, ceiling…

  • Jeff

    Great collars. Nice write up.

  • Linda

    I have two poodles I adopted at ages 2 and 3. They complete me. Mike always grabs one of his toys before going outside to do his busy, but never brings them back in. Every now and then his half sister Molly will show up at the door with one of them in her mouth looking so pleased!

  • Lisa

    My dog’s favorite toy is a red ball. He loves to play fetch.

  • Heidi

    Great collars! Happy Valentine’s day to my Valentine, Nemo.

  • Henriette Matthijssen

    Thanks Michele for being the voice for the animals & for your articles. I wish you well & all those animals & the many volunteers who give so much for these innocent pets. God Bless.

  • Robert Keroack

    We bought booties for our dog to keep the salt from irritating his paws on treated roads… and he prances when we put them on him.

  • Rhonda Gayle

    Our dog loves going out in the snow–and he knows that we always put a coat on him (he’s little and gets snow caked against him without it… so when he sees the snow, he heads for his toy and coat basket and brings us his coat.

  • Rhonda Gayle

    ps: in nice weather, he just brings his leash when he wants to go out!

  • My cats have so many different likes when it comes to toys. The most fun one though is Eddie. She loves the little bits of foil from Reese’s Miniatures. When she hears someone unwrapping one of those things, she comes running. We have to ball up the wrapper and toss it to her, and she goes nuts. She’s 12-years-old and I swear she looks like a kitten again when she’s playing with those.

  • Nancy Lynn

    Happy Valentines Day to all the animals at Bideawee. Thanks for supporting them!

  • Ron

    Happy Valentine’s Day to my buddy Buster…18 years old and going strong…the perfect companion! Thanks for supporting Bideawee!

  • Tracey Pettingill

    Anything we can do for the animals…every bit counts!! Am sharing your plea on my wall and hope people drop by to see what you are doing for the sake of the animals!!! Great work!!!

  • My dogs are celebrating Valentine’s Day with duck filled trachea bones and a blue squeaky hedgehog which used to have eight sneakered feet with squeakers (it has no feet anymore, but still has the stomach squeaker). We wanted to comment so some dogs with far fewer toys will at least get some nice collars!

  • Hi Michele! I really enjoy all the animal stories you post on C2. Your posts are very informative and I thank you for keeping us all up-to-date in the animal world. Keep up the good work! Good luck!

  • Dwonne Cogswell

    So glad to hear of your great reputation in caring for animals. Thanks for what you are doing!

  • Tracey Pettingill

    p.s.~ We have four rescued dogs and two rescued cats. Honest to goodness, they seem to love their collars as if the collar insures that they will be here for their lives, which they will. They also love when we take their collars off because they love to investigate and play with them….well, right after we rub their necks!! Our dogs were found on the street, on death row (last minute save) in a Virginia shelter and one from a rescue in Georgia. Our cats were rescued by a friend and given to us.

  • NayAug


    You are the best. What a great Valentines Day present to all animal lovers. Oh the collars are really snazzy.

  • Mary Margaret

    All 13 of my cats hope Bideawee wins the collars.
    Lucy, Cleo, Sophie, Bella, Milo, Opie, Bubbles, Zulu, Simba, Millie, Chelsea, Baby Boy, Hazel

  • Alison Arnold

    I have rabbits and they love any toy that they can eat!

    My mother-in-law had a wonderful dog – Tyson – we always bought him presents for Xmas and he loved whatever we got him, my mother-in-law used to get quite embarrassed because when we bought him a squeaky toy, within hours he would have ripped it to shreds and would rarely squeak by Xmas night, but we were just glad that he had enjoyed it, that was all that really mattered.

    Great cause! Happy Valentines day!

  • Conna

    Happy Valentines Day!

  • Thanks Michele for all you do for our animals, I hope that Bideawee gets the collars they are very nice, Keep up your great work.

  • LittleStar

    I think I’m the 100th to say…GOOD JOB !!!!

  • Good luck, Happy V Day

  • Paul

    Looks like you made your quota. I love Up Country’s collars–especially the one that says “Adopted.” A great message and a beautiful collar. Bideawee is an exceptionally good animal center.

  • Buffy

    Hey, lets get together and get this thing going!!! Thanks for this share Michele!!!


  • Colleen

    Great job people! Bideawee is a wonderful center and Up Country’s collars are beautiful.

  • Elsie Au

    I have 6 rescued cats and after buying them 1-2 nice expensive toys, we found out that their favorite toys are just something simple like plastic bottle cap or just paper balls. Only toy I have to buy them now is small mouse (no fur, of course). They keep losing their toy mouse (one time I found 16 toy mice underneath my piano)

  • We appreciate all of the help that you have been Buffy and for your ever loving support to our four legged friends.
    Kiwi and I appreciated all of the support that you were for the both of us when Kiwi had to have her leg amputated. Kiwi is doing great and loving life. She loves balls more than anything and next would be the long weenie dog looking stuffed toy with dual squeekers on both end. The more they squeek …….. the better. Good luck in your contest. Dusty-N-Kiwi

  • I will be adopting an 11 yr old tuxedo kitty named Elvis on 2/26! His owner need to move to Thailand for work and is heartbroken. I seemed to be her last hope other than a shelter. I cannot wait to meet him!!!

  • Hooray for the collars! They’re great!

  • Pat

    Great work !!!!!! from Australia

  • Ingrid A

    Awesome Job from Indiana.

  • Kristine Johnson

    Love the ADOPTED collar- I bought one for my rescue from Up Country!

  • Chris

    My golden retriever, Harry, loves stuffed animals, especially Webkinz. He greets everyone at the door with one in his mouth. And he carries them around the house and will not chew them open for weeks… until one day. It’s a good thing we have so many of them from my kids’ former obsession with Webkinz, because Harry just gets the next one down the line.

  • Mary

    I grew up in WHB so have known about Bideawee since I was a child which was quite a long time ago. Several years ago I ran across Up Country’s collars and my adopted dogs have worn nothing since. One of mine even sports the “Adopted” collar shown in your post above.

  • carla lee

    thank you and good luck.

  • Valerie

    Hello…we are the proud pet parents of Coconut, a 12r. old doggie we adopted from Kauai, HI and a super sweet little tabby called Koa who just turned 11. Cheers, Valerie p.s. good luck with your entry!

  • Good luck Michele. My husband and I rescue mostly dropped off or neighbor neglect cats and finding the owners/guardians(?) of dogs that have lost their way home. We take care of most of the expenses involved with the aid of some discounts for neutering by the county and some veterinarians. All of the non-profit rescue/no-kill centers in our area are always full and need all the help they can get including collars.
    Hats off and applause to you Michele!

  • Maryanne

    Beautiful collars.

  • Virginia Canino

    Toy mice are the hot and happening plaything at my house. While my cats are not vegan, I am, so we do not play with real fur mice, only faux fur. Actually, one of my cats had a long and loving relationship with a rather garish acid green leopard velvet mouse with a hot pink satin tail!

  • Bideawee is a wonderful organization. THis from my lips and my cats…CoCo, Peanut, Pooka, Willow and Rajah. God bless Michell and good luck!!

  • I have three adopted dogs and I just love them as my children. Two of them are getting very old (17 & 15) and one is 6 years old. I just don’t know how much longer the older ones will live. My family has always had dogs in the family. A dog is the best friend a person could ever have. Nothing but love from them always. Adopt a Dog is the right thing to do! Try It? “Indian Boy”

  • Dianne

    Daisy, Bud, and Brownie are all ADOPTED! Glad the Bideawee animals are getting some new gorgeous collars! xoxoxo

  • Christine

    I never knew that Bideawee meant “stay awhile” in Scottish. What a great name for a wonderful organization.

  • Denise

    Happy Valentines’ Day, belated & great job!

  • I’ll be meeting my new adoptee rescue soon…Can’t wait!

  • Gayle B

    My three rescue kitties and I all hope that Bideawee wins the collars and other goodies, but most of all we wish ALL shelters were this wonderful. Better yet, let there be no NEED for shelters !!

  • POPPY my bird loves to play with cat toys it is a plastic round ball with bell inside he grips it with his claws and shakes – it makes music and is something for him to chew same time

  • Elaine

    I would love my female dog to wear one of these collars. They are so different & colourful. Love them !

  • Kim O

    What a great idea!! Thanks Michele!

  • Chris E.

    Lovely collars!
    Thank you for all you bring to us!

  • Betty P

    My very first dog came from Bideawee,it was a very long time ago..Buttons was brown with a white nose, (it had freckles on it), she had white paws & a white tipped tail…I loved her with all my heart & have fond memories of her…I know Buttons would want Bideawee get these collars for the doggies they have now.