We appreciate your interest in volunteering at Bideawee . Our mission is to create and strengthen the human-animal bond through best-in-class lifesaving and compassionate care for pets and the people who love them.
Easy! In three steps!
Step One: Complete the online application form and a 20-minute orientation. (Please note, NYC currently has a waiting list.)
Step Two: Complete the onboarding process, which includes submitting essential documentation to run our free background check.
Step Three: Complete a meeting with the manager, facility tour and hands-on training that will provide you with all the experience you need.
What type of volunteer opportunities do you have?
Dog and Cat Volunteers: Cleaning and working directly with animals at all locations
What days and times can I volunteer?
As days and times may vary per site, we have a fantastic volunteer app and website, MyImpact, where you can sign up for your weekly shifts, check the available opportunities, and even easily see upcoming events.
What training do volunteers receive?
By the time you start volunteering, you will be an expert in all things Bideawee, whether you want to work specifically with cats, dogs, or both!
We have three training levels for animal care: Green/Blue, Yellow, and Red. As you volunteer with our cats and dogs, you can advance your training levels but upon entry, volunteers are all trained at our Blue and Green level for dogs, cats, or both.
All new volunteers are matched with an experienced individual to answer questions and help get you get acclimated to Bideawee.
Yes, they can!
In Manhattan and Westhampton, 10 to 15 years old can volunteer as a “shadow team” with an adult relative who is also a volunteer. A shadow team is trained and works as one volunteer, as they are never apart.
Those 16 to 17 years old can independently volunteer at our sites.
The Wantagh Bideawee site, also known as PAWS, Prevention and Wellness Satellite location (PAWS), is where our cats and dogs receive their first baths, get their vaccinations, and get any medical care they may need. Because of the medical nature of the operation, we ask that all applicants be 16 or older.
At the Wantagh site, due to the nature of working with isolation animals, volunteers ages 16 and 17 must provide a reference; this can be a trusted adult, coach, or teacher.
Benefits of volunteering at Bideawee for minors:
The Bideawee Pet Therapy program is a way for pet lovers to share the unconditional love and companionship of their pet with the community. This is only available through our Wantagh location at this time.
To qualify for certification, you and your pet (of any kind) must fulfill the following requirements:
To become a certified pet therapy team, you must complete the following steps:
For more information, please visit https://www.bideawee.org/Pet-Therapy
Interested in volunteering in NYC? Please fill out the form to be added to our waiting list to get more information.
Bideawee’s Wantagh location is primarily an intake and medical facility with limited adoptions. Here, volunteers help with cleaning, laundry, making enrichment toys, and socializing and interacting with the animals when they are cleared to do so. While we need your help, there is no guarantee animals are part of every PAWS shift at this site. Other volunteer opportunities for individuals 16 and older include helping at events, administrative responsibilities, grounds and maintenance assistance and more. Those 18+ may be interested in driving our transport and adoption vehicles.
Due to the nature of our work here and the number of animals we have on site at a given time, individuals who can commit to volunteering more than 6 months will be considered. Please fill out our Wantagh application to get started!
Only applicants that can commit to a weekday shift will be considered at this time.
Our Westhampton adoption center for dogs and cats focuses on providing our animals with top-tier enrichment, essential training programs, medical care, and compassionate behavioral rehabilitation in addition to finding them their forever homes.
Due to the nature of our work here, dog socializing opportunities are for individuals 18 years and up only. However, cat/kitten socializing, event training, administrative roles, our Teen Group, and many other opportunities are available for anyone 10 and older (10-15 with a parent/guardian only, 10 – 17 for the Teen Group, and 16+ for independent cat/kitten socializing and other roles). Please fill out our Westhampton application to get started!
Pet Therapy Pairs
For more information about volunteering at any of our three locations please contact: