Over a century ago, Flora Kibbe was heartbroken to learn that New York City residents were tossing unwanted dogs, cats, and horses into the East River. That’s why she founded a no-kill animal shelter. Eventually, she opened a location right on the edge of that river, hoping to encourage people to stop by the shelter first.
Leslie Granger, president of Bideawee, says Kibbe named the pet welfare organization after the Scottish phrase “bide a wee,” or “stay a while.” Here at WomenWorking.com, we love dogs and cats. So, we asked to see some of the friendly pets at Bideawee. While we were there, we learned some reasons why adopting a pet can change your life.
You’ll find your perfect match in an animal shelter
When you shop for a pet, you don’t always get a sense of how a puppy or a kitten will fit your lifestyle. Shelters like Bideawee match you with a pet who fits your personality and your lifestyle. Are you looking for a jogging buddy? There’s a playful pup waiting for you. Are you more of a couch potato in a small apartment? Maybe there’s a smaller friend who just wants to cuddle on your lap.
You’ll have a domino impact on so many lives
When you rescue an animal at a shelter, not only do you save that pet’s life, you also make room for other animals and the resources they need. Many shelters take in abandoned animals from other regions, too, like the animals left without homes during a devastating hurricane.
It’s a lot less expensive
The costs of spaying, neutering and vaccinations are sometimes included in the adoption price, which can save you money. You might also save on housebreaking and training expenses.
Adopting a pet boosts your health
Companionship can improve your health mentally and emotionally. Plus, playing and walking a dog offer great physical benefits, too!
Finding your perfect pet doesn’t take long
Unlike with breeders, finding your new family member is not a long adoption process. Every shelter is different, but sometimes you can even find a pet within a day.
Check out our experience with these happy animals in the video below. Thanks to Bideawee for helping us do research for this article — and letting us play with their special guests! For more information, visit https://www.bideawee.org/.