On a trip abroad at the turn of the 20th century, Bideawee's founder Mrs. Flora D'Auby Jenkins Kibbe, witnessed the unique work of the Barrone d’Herpents Dog Refuge in Paris. This humane group sent an ambulance all over the city to pick up stray and unwanted dogs. Instead of being destroyed, they were cared for until they could be placed in new homes.
Mrs. Kibbe returned to New York City, inspired by the progressive idea of caring for abandoned animals. By the end of 1903, she was operating a similar program out of a small building near her home in Manhattan. She called it Bide-A-Wee Home Association.
With the help of many of her friends, Bideawee was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization in 1906.
During its early years, when horses and farm animals were common in Manhattan, Bideawee looked after every kind of stray. One of the services it provided the city was placing and maintaining troughs filled with fresh drinking water for carriage horses on the streets.
By 1909, the building near Mrs. Kibbe’s home housed 200 dogs. The neighbors complained so much about the constant barking that the dogs and Mrs. Kibbe were forced to leave. For the next several years, Bideawee lacked a home of its own so the animals were kept in a series of temporary shelters.
Eventually, through the generosity of others, Bideawee found a permanent home in Manhattan at 410 East 38th Street, where our current New York City facility still stands. Over time, Bideawee expanded to include two Long Island locations in Wantagh and Westhampton. More services were developed at these facilities, and Pet Memorial Parks were created on their spacious grounds. Thousands of pets from the New York metropolitan area have been buried here.
Since the beginning, it has been Bideawee’s policy never to euthanize an animal unless it is incurably ill or suffering. Thanks to generous private support, we’ve been able to stay true to Mrs. Kibbe’s original vision.
However, caring as we do for thousands of animals each year, the need for funding is always growing. So please donate now to celebrate Bideawee's history and invest in our future.