• Privacy Policy

    Welcome to the Bideawee website. We are committed to protecting your privacy. Included below is our policy on how we handle any information we receive from you. You are not required to provide us with information in order to use this website. If you do not want us accessing and/or using your personal information as described herein, please do not provide us with any.

    Policy Statement
    Bideawee is committed to protecting the privacy of users of our site. The information summarized below explains to site users how we implement this protection in regard to information derived from this site.

    Changes in our policy
    We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at our discretion. If we decide to change our Privacy Policy we will post those changes here. We encourage you to visit this area frequently to stay informed. If you continue to visit this website and use the services made available to you after such changes have been made, you hereby provide your consent to the changes.

    Copyright & Trademark
    The content of this site is the property of Bideawee, Inc. Copyright © Bideawee 2007; All Rights Reserved. No materials on this site may be reproduced, altered, or further distributed without Bideawee's prior written permission. Bideawee® is a registered trademark owned by this organization and may only be used to identify our products and services.

    Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") Notice
    Bideawee owns, protects and enforces copyright in its own creative materials and respects the copyright properties of others. Our site contains material of third parties and links to third party sites, portals and directories. As a result, materials of third parties, not owned or controlled by Bideawee, are included in or linked to our site. To the best of our knowledge, these materials do not infringe the copyrights of others. Upon receipt of notice of claimed infringement, Bideawee will respond expeditiously to follow the procedures specified in the DMCA to resolve the claim between the notifying party and the alleged infringer who provided the materials in issue, including, where applicable, removing or disabling access to materials claimed to be infringing or by removing or disabling access to links to such material. It is the policy of Bideawee to terminate its relationships with third parties who infringe the copyrights of others where such parties are known to Bideawee to be repeat infringers. Please address such notice to:

    410 East 38th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    Tel: 212.532.6395
    Fax: 212.532.4210

    Restrictions on Use
    It is strictly prohibited to use or contact this site to disrupt or damage the site, its contents or its security measures or to harass or disparage Bideawee or our directors, officers or employees or our products or services or personnel or to interfere with the use and enjoyment of this site by other users. No unsolicited email (spam) may be directed by you to or through this site. You may not mirror any material contained on this site on any other server. You may not link to this site without Bideawee's prior written permission. You may not frame or use framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Bideawee without our prior written permission. You may not use any metatags or any other "hidden text" using Bideawee's names or trademarks without our prior written permission. Links which appear on this site with our permission do not mean that we endorse the sites, products or services of the sponsors of the linked sites.

    Information Collection
    We collect and save personally identifiable information (such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number and/or credit card number (collectively, "Personal Information") that you provide to Bideawee in response to the forms on this site to contact us or make donations to us or join our email newsletter. We use your Personal Information only to communicate with people interested in Bideawee. While Bideawee never exchanges email addresses, we now exchange and/or rent our list of physical addresses to other trusted organizations that benefit Bideawee's programs and services. If you do not wish to participate in our list rental or exchange activity, please email us at bideawee@bideawee.org with the subject line: Opt-out. Or contact us at 1-866-262-8133. Please remember, Bideawee wil never share your email address.

    Cookies are small pieces of temporary data that are exchanged between a web site and a user's computer which enable a "session", or "dialog" to be established between the two machines. Bideawee employs "cookies" to provide better service to the visitors on this site. With the session established, Bideawee is able to tailor its responses (i.e., identify and provide you with the information you want) and help you traverse our web pages in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The session is broken when our server does not receive further requests from your computer or you simply exit your browser. Bideawee uses "session cookies"-- types of cookies that are temporarily stored in your computer's memory. Session cookies are normally deleted from a user's computer when the user logs off the computer or the user exits the browser. Bideawee does not use cookies to collect any personally identifying information from users or to track user activities beyond our site. Bideawee uses personalization cookies to build profiles relating to Bideawee users so that we can direct more relevant content to you based on your use of our Website. Such personalization uses cookies to recognize visitors returning to our Website so that relevant content can be directed based on previous visits. Bideawee does not maintain copies of cookies after you leave our site, except for cookies that indicate your landing page last visit and various other internal content indicators such as holiday or donation promotions, although they are not used to personally identify you. We may offer you the option of saving your identity (functionality similar to “Remember me”) and such functionality would store a cookie with your browser for return visits. This functionality would indicate (by form checkbox or button) that you are opting in for that functionality. In the event a cookie is found on your workstation, which was issued by the Bideawee server, you may remove it without adversely affecting your future visits to our site. You have the option of disabling cookies by accessing the tools provided to you in your Internet options. However, please note that you may not have full access to the website if you change your cookie settings to disable them. Bideawee does implement several third party content enhancement tools (including but not limited to AddThis, Facebook, Twitter and Google). These third parties may store cookies with your browser but they are not accessible to our Bideawee servers. Bideawee also may use cookies for Remarketing with Google Analytics to make content more relevant (“Remarketing”) and this may include certain demographic and interest data. Remarketing cookies may also be used by third parties (including Google) to show content on websites other than our own. By using our Website, you are deemed to consent to our use of the cookies described above. You can refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. Please note that if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. You may also opt out of certain Google Analytics Ads and Remarketing features by visiting Ads Settings and/or by using Google's Opt-out browser Add-On.  

    We are committed to using our best efforts to maintaining the security of your Personal Information. When users submit Personal Information for a newsletter signup or a donation, the information is stored in a password protected database on the Bideawee server. In addition, some elements of the request are forwarded via email to the appropriate department within Bideawee. While the online donation process does require entry of a credit card account, that account information is only used to seek approval from the donor's bank. Once the transaction is complete, no portion of the account information is retained or forwarded. The balance of the Personal Information is stored in our permanent donor records. Although we use our best efforts to protect the security of your Personal Information and our system, due to the inherent open nature of the Internet, no transmission via the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result of this and other factors beyond our control, we cannot guarantee the security of the information that you transmit to or through our Website. Therefore, you assume that risk by using the Website.

    We use aggregate information collected by cookies to track site usage by volume. We use email addresses that people enter through queries or through newsletter signups to send out our newsletter and to update people on Bideawee information, as well as to solicit donations. We use donor records for tax purposes and periodic mailings soliciting donations. Contractors working on our site or mailing our newsletters or other communications may use the information under contract to us.

    If you do not want to receive email and/or mailings from us in the future, please let us know by sending an email to us at the contact address below in the paragraph "How to Contact Us", requesting to be removed from our email/mailing list. In addition to this, all email correspondence that we send you will include a link which when accessed by you, will enable you to remove yourself from our mailing lists. Please note that there might be a brief delay between when you submit your request to opt-out and when it is processed and reflected in our systems; accordingly you might continue to receive communications from us for a limited time after you unsubscribe.

    Links to Other Websites
    This website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. We encourage you to be aware when you access any such third party links and to read the privacy policies of each website that you access. This Privacy Policy only applies to information collected by us.

    Protection for Children
    We have no intention of collecting personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13 without parental consent. If a child under the age of 13 has provided us with personally identifiable information, that child's parent or legal guardian should contact us (see below) if they would like the information submitted by the child deleted from the website. We will delete such personally identifiable information from our database as soon as possible following our receipt of any such notice. If you are age 13 or younger, you are not authorized to submit any content or information to this website without the explicit consent of your parent or legal guardian.

    Your Consent to this Privacy Policy
    By using this site, you signify your assent to the Bideawee Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with any term in this Privacy Policy, please do not use this site or submit any Personal Information.

    How to Contact Us
    Should you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or the collection and of information, please contact us:

    410 East 38th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    Tel: 212.532.6395
    Fax: 212.532.4210


    Please Note:
    The laws and regulations in different countries impose different (and even conflicting) requirements on the Internet and data protection. Bideawee is located in the State of New York in the United States of America, as are the principal servers which make this site available worldwide. All matters relating to this site are governed by the laws of the State of New York in the USA. If you are located in a country other than the USA and you contact us, please note that any information you provide will be transferred to the USA and by submitting the information you authorize this transfer.

  • Whistle Blower Policy

    I. Purpose

    To establish a procedure by which persons may report suspected improper conduct at Bideawee without fear of retaliation or adverse employment consequences; to adopt a procedure at Bideawee for reporting and addressing allegations of improper conduct; to require employees, volunteers and members of the Board to come forward with information regarding illegal or improper activity or violations of Bideawee’s policies; and to identify persons to whom such conduct may be reported.

    To (i) require reporting of any action or suspected action concerning a violation of Bideawee policies, legal and regulatory requirements, veterinary practices, business, accounting, financial reporting or any irregularities or improprieties therein, and (ii) illegal and/or fraudulent activities that are in violation of any laws, including the destruction of documents that substantiate improper conduct and (iii) provide a workplace free of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation arising from reporting said acts.

    It is the policy of Bideawee, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliated entities (collectively, “BAW”) to require compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements and the policies of BAW, including but not limited to veterinary practices, rules against discrimination and harassment, financial reporting, accounting, internal accounting controls, internal and external auditing matters, and to create and maintain an environment at BAW that makes this policy clear to all BAW employees, volunteers and members of the Board of Directors (“members of the Board”). BAW requires its employees, volunteers and members of the Board to observe this policy in the performance of their duties. Every employee, volunteer and member of the Board of BAW has the responsibility to assist BAW in meeting these very important legal and regulatory requirements.

    BAW’s internal controls and operating procedures are intended to prevent, deter and remedy any violation of applicable laws and regulations and any policy of BAW. Even the best designed systems of control, however, cannot provide absolute safeguards against the occurrence of such violations. This policy therefore establishes and governs the process through which employees, volunteers and members of the Board who become aware of violations, fraudulent or illegal activity, irregularities or improprieties or the destruction of records that document such activity can either directly or anonymously notify responsible individuals of the alleged conduct. The policy specifically prohibits intimidation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequences arising from reporting such conduct.

    This policy is intended to be part of an effective compliance program, to manage risk to Bideawee, its employees, volunteers and members of the Board and as part of an internal assessment program.

    II. Scope

    This policy applies to all employees, volunteers and members of the Board of BAW.

    III. Policy

    A. Prompt Reporting of Improper Conduct

    Any employee, volunteer or member of the Board of BAW who becomes aware of any information concerning any illegal or fraudulent activity or conduct that he or she reasonably believes to constitute a financial reporting, accounting, auditing or internal control irregularity or impropriety, a violation of United States federal wire or bank fraud regulations, a violations of United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, the commission or possible commission of a federal or state offense, or a violations of any law or of BAW’s policies including those protecting persons from discrimination and harassment is required to report such information promptly in one of the following ways:

    1. By communicating with the (i) President & CEO of BAW by E-Mail [President-WB@bideawee.org]; (ii) the Chair of the Board of Directors by E-mail [BoardChair-WB@bideawee.org]; (iii) the Treasurer of the Board of Directors by E-mail [BoardTreasurer-WB@bideawee.org]; (iv) the Chair of the Audit Committee by E-mail [AuditChair-WB@bideawee.org]; and/or (v) by mail, courier or hand delivery addressed to President & CEO, Bideawee, Inc., 410 East 38th Street, New York, NY, 10016. A sealed communication to the President & CEO marked “CONFIDENTIAL” will be delivered to BAW’s President & CEO as addressed, without opening the communication.

    2. By communicating with the Treasurer of the Board or the Chair of the Audit Committee of BAW by mail, courier or hand delivery addressed to the Treasurer of the Board or to the Chair of the Audit Committee at BAW at the following address: Treasurer of the Board or Chair of the Audit Committee, c/o Human Resources, Bideawee, Inc., 410 East 38th Street, New York, NY, 10016. A sealed communication to the Treasurer or the Chair of the Audit Committee marked “CONFIDENTIAL” will be delivered by BAW’s Human Resources directly to the Treasurer of the Board or the Chair of the Audit Committee, as addressed, without opening the communication.

    3. The report may, but need not be, anonymous.

    Employees, volunteers and members of the Board are required to report their awareness of any such information promptly in any of the methods listed above. Bideawee encourages employees, volunteers and members of the Board to make written reports. The report should contain all the facts forming the basis of such person’s belief. The report must be written and may be submitted anonymously and with complete confidentiality. The report must be sufficiently detailed and inclusive to ensure a clear understanding by the recipients of the issues raised. The report should be candid and set forth all of the information the person knows regarding the allegation or concern, including the identities of individuals involved. The report must contain as much corroborating evidence as possible since this would be necessary and helpful to support the commencement of an investigation. If the report contains only unspecified unsupported allegations it may not result in the commencement of an appropriate investigation. Particular care should be taken to comply with each of foregoing requirements in instances where the report is made anonymously, because in such cases there may be limited or no opportunity to obtain any information that is not initially supplied by the person making the report.

    B. Investigative Steps

    If the report is made to Bideawee by telephone, the party receiving the call shall promptly memorialize said call in writing noting as much detail as possible. The recipient of the report shall convene a meeting of persons which shall include at least one executive officer of Bideawee, one member of the Board and one member of the Audit Committee unrelated to the allegation made. The recipient of the information shall maintain the confidentiality of the information provided except with respect to convening the meeting to assess and address the complaint. As appropriate, an inquiry of the reported activity will be made to gather the relevant facts and reach a timely and proper resolution of the matter. Any such inquiry will be conducted under the direction of an executive officer of BAW or the Audit Committee, which, under authority of the foregoing may include appropriate BAW personnel.

    C. Prohibition of Intimidation, Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation

    BAW policy prohibits intimidation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or adverse employment consequences against any employee, volunteer or member of the Board who in good faith provides any of the foregoing information, makes a report, or who otherwise assists in an investigation or proceeding regarding any of the foregoing. No employee, volunteer or member of the Board of BAW, including without limitation those in leadership and management positions, has the authority to engage in any conduct that is prohibited by this or any other BAW policy.

    Any employee, volunteer or member of the Board who believes that he or she has been the subject of any such prohibited intimidation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequences is aware of any conduct which may be prohibited is required to promptly report said conduct to such employee’s or volunteer’s supervisor or manager or to the Chair of the Board and/or the President & CEO directly or pursuant to the reporting procedures set forth above.

    As appropriate, the allegations of intimidation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequence will be thoroughly investigated in as confidential a manner as possible, subject to the need to conduct a full and impartial investigation, remedy any violations of BAW’s policies or monitor compliance with BAW’s policies. It is the obligation of all employees, volunteers and members of the Board to cooperate in any such investigation. BAW expressly prohibits intimidation, retaliation, discrimination or adverse employment consequences against any person who makes a complaint under this policy or who participates in BAW’s subsequent investigation of the allegations.

    D. Consequences of Violating Policy

    In the event that an investigation establishes that an employee, volunteer or member of the Board has engaged in conduct or action constituting intimidation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequences in violation of this policy, BAW will take immediate and appropriate corrective action up to and including termination of the applicable employee’s employment, volunteer’s engagement or Board member’s service.

    E. Dissemination

    BAW shall distribute this Whistleblower policy to all employees, volunteers and members of the Board. It shall be posted conspicuously with other state and federal notices for employees and volunteers. A copy shall be provided to any employee, volunteer or member of the Board who requests it.