I live on my own and work from home in my apartment in Astoria where I could spend days and not see a single soul. On top of that, I always had a family dog from the time I was very young living in the Philippines, to moving to the USA, and up until I moved to NYC 3.5 years ago. Now, I live in a city where it is hard to own a pet, and I live in an apartment where pets are not allowed. So, volunteering allows me to be around dogs without owning one, for now. Plus, I really love lending a helping hand and supporting causes that I care about. With all of that said, I decided to search for shelters in Manhattan that needed volunteers to take care of dogs.
Volunteering for Bideawee has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you get to play with all types of cute puppies, but you get to meet amazing people who are also volunteering their time at Bideawee. When volunteering at public events, you get to witness firsthand the changes in peoples' faces when they see the adorable puppies you're holding. They light up and you just know that you've made their day.
I assist with a variety of tasks at Bideawee and I enjoy all of them. I help clean the Adoption Center and play with the dogs awaiting their forever homes. Playing with the dogs is the best! It makes waking up in the morning so worth it. Lately, I have been mostly helping at mobile adoption events to get dogs and cats adopted and spread awareness about Bideawee. I have also assisted in the Pet Therapy Program where the organization trains and registers owners and their dogs to become pet therapy animals (and I've learned a lot about being a better future dog owner from being involved in that program).
I love that fact that every time we help an animal find their forever home, we also help people find their dog/cat-soulmate. I had one mother tell me how her son was so depressed that whole week after his dog passed away that he could barely eat or go to work. She was really worried for him. It was only after meeting his future puppy at one of Bideawee’s mobile adoption events that her son finally brightened up and looked like his normal self again. We helped the human and dog find each other.
So, please consider volunteering! Try all the different kinds of volunteering events and opportunities, interact with the other volunteers and people of Bideawee, and know that what you're doing as a volunteer is an amazing thing, for people and pets.
Become a part of the Bideawee Volunteer family today and learn about how you can make a difference in the lives of pets and the people who love them.