Bideawee is often used as a resource for media outlets around the globe when researching pet stories.  The media community consistently turns to us for our perspective and expertise on a variety of topics ranging from pet health to adoption.  We welcome these inquiries and our communications group can facilitate interviews with our experts.  We routinely appear in broadcast media and have been media trained so that the media community can be assured that our staff can deliver when the need arises.

  • Press Releases
  • In the Media

    Bideawee is a regular contributor and has a presence in a variety of media outlets. Due to Bideawee's history and the variety of unique and innovative programs that the organization provides to pets and the people that love them, Bideawee experts routinely appear on national and local television programs, radio broadcasts, print media and online outlets.

    Dog food recalled over dangerous levels of vitamin D
    Dr. Simms speaks to NBC Nightly News anchor, Lester Holt

    14 Dog Shelters Speak Out: What You Should Know BEFORE Adopting a Dog
    President and CEO, Leslie Granger speaks out



  • Meet the Experts

    Bideawee has a variety of experts on staff that can be used as resources for the media. Areas of expertise include Pet adoption, animal health and safety, animal training, veterinary medical care, pet loss, pet therapy, volunteering, disaster preparation and non-profit management.  Please view the bios of some of our experts that are available as resources to the media.


    Dr. Shian Simms joined the Bideawee family in October of 2014 as the Vice President of Veterinary Medicine.

    Inspired by her childhood pug, Rick, she was determined to become a veterinarian and care for animals in need. In 1995, she moved from Singapore to the United States to pursue her veterinary medicine degree, and graduated from Purdue University in 2001.

    Upon graduation, Shian moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and completed an internship at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital with a focus on emergency medicine and critical care. Over the next 12 years, she spent her time in referral hospitals and emergency clinics in the Bay Area as an emergency clinician. In 2008, she joined the San Francisco SPCA as their staff ER veterinarian. She loves working with shelter animals as well as helping family pets feel better.

    In 2013, Shian relocated to New York City with her cat, P. She was most recently the medical director at a private practice on the Upper East Side. When not at work, she enjoys playing tennis, running, fostering kittens, going to the opera, and exploring New York City.

    Dr. Melissa Young has been a veterinarian at Bideawee since June 2012. She currently the holds the position of Veterinary Medical Supervisor and oversees all medical decisions at Bideawee's Westhampton hospital.

    A native of Nebraska, Dr. Young received her DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Kansas State. Dr. Young has been engaged in small animal practice since graduating. She has divided her time between private practice in the mid-west and non-profit work around the globe. The non-profit work has taken her to places such as Senegal West Africa, Micronesia, and Easter Island.

    When she is not working, Dr. Young enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling. Her four-legged companions include two Bidewee alums, Tocho and Chiquita!

    Desirae has been Bideawee's Manager of Behavior and Training since November 2019. Desirae is an Applied Animal Behaviorist and Fear Free Certified Professional. She graduated with an M.S. in Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare and has experience working with various species of animals, from cats and dogs in shelters to exotic species in zoos to farm animals in a variety of husbandry settings. After years of behavioral ecology research, she pursued a more hands-on way to apply behavior knowledge leading her to the Behavioral Husbandry department at the Bronx Zoo where she assisted with the research and behavioral modification of exotic species. She also worked on the Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team at the ASPCA with animals seized in various cases of cruelty and neglect throughout the country, namely dogfighting and hoarding.

    Desirae is dedicated to providing an enriched environment at the shelter where animals’ mental and emotional well-being are cultivated as they prepare for their forever home.


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    Pet of the Week: Diablo & Beezle

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    What Animals Can Teach Us
       - President's Corner by Leslie Granger

    We lost our beloved 13 and a ½ year old cat, Beast, to a brain tumor in the early stages of the pandemic. We had adopted Beast from a shelter in Schenectady, NY, and though no one could ever replace him, we decided to check and see if there was a cat or kitten in New York City we might offer a loving home.

    And then we found Bideawee, and their wonderful staff! We were immediately attracted to Bideawee’s 117-year history, and we spotted two bonded kittens pictured on the website. We fell in love at first sight with these two little babies rescued from a backyard in Staten Island, but we tried to temper our enthusiasm to protect ourselves.


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    "Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem." ― A.A. Milne

    Animals can teach us so much about being better human beings. Perhaps we have a lot more to learn from them, than they from us.

    This is a difficult time in this country and around the world. As we continue our lives in ways we never thought possible - socially distanced, isolated, and coping with a frightening pandemic; as we watch our nation struggle with the continuing racial injustice we have yet to solve, our animals remain by our side, providing comfort and unconditional love.

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    Volunteer Spotlight
    - Allie Landry, Manhattan

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    Focus on Feral Cat Initiative (FCI)

    Allie started out as a cat volunteer five years ago when she retired and has since branched out to help in a multitude of ways. In the beginning, Allie started by leading mentorships for our new volunteers and eventually began leading the second level of training for current volunteers. She is also a wealth of information when guiding the many group volunteer sessions at the shelter. In addition to all that, she is a huge help to our Outreach Coordinator by taking beautiful photos as well as writing great descriptions about our adoptable kitties. Since starting, Allie has become a “Cat of all Trades” and while she’s a master at her trades, she’s always helping us to find ways to improve.

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    Five-week old Mittens and his three siblings were born on the street in Brooklyn. Their Mom Tabitha was abandoned months earlier and not having been spayed, she was soon pregnant. She found her way to a backyard where a kind woman fed her and she gave birth in an open container. Gravesend Cats, a local TNR, (Trap-Neuter-Return), organization was able to trap Tabitha, Mittens and the rest of the litter a few days after they were born. One of the kittens has the coloring of a seal point Siamese and the other two are tabbies with white feet like their brother Mittens. Mom is scheduled to be spayed in one week and the kittens will be available for adoption from Bideawee’s Manhattan shelter soon.


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    Pick of the Litter - Empress
     - Michelle Kelly, Westhampton Adoption Associate

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    Alum of the Month

    Poor Empress is one of our longest-stay doggies and she’s also one of my favorites. When it comes to showering her trusted people with love, there is no one who can compare. She loves to snuggle into your lap, and would get into your lap if her size permitted! She always has a stuffed toy in her mouth and loves joining the staff on their lunch breaks where she is excellent at making sure there are no crumbs left behind. Empress’s biggest challenge is that it takes her a little time to trust new people so she doesn’t show very well at the shelter when prospective adopters come in. She is just looking for someone who is willing to put in a little time to meet her multiple times and make her feel comfortable. Once she knows you, she is the epitome of a best friend.

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    Macie Stapleton Seltzer Richman

    Age: 10 ½ months

    Resides in: Alphabet City

    Favorite Activity: Shredding sheets, jumping over golden doodles in Tompkins Square Park, and playing in nature upstate with her country cousins

    Favorite Food: Reeboks

    Celebrity Spirit Animal: Liz Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

    Least Favorite Phrase: “We have to leave the park!”

    Favorite Phrase: “Good morning Stinky!”



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    Public Relations Consultant

    Melissa Treuman
    Director of Brand Communications, Bideawee