You may have heard about some changes we are considering to Bideawee’s Westhampton location. Last year, the Bideawee Board of Directors began working on a strategic plan, which includes looking carefully at all of our properties and programs. We need to do this as objectively and yet as compassionately as possible—realizing of course that our decisions may impact on the livelihoods and donated time of our dedicated staff and volunteers. We are asking the tough questions to make sure that everything we are doing supports our goal of saving more dog and cat lives through adoptions rather than distracting us from our goal or taking resources away from our core mission.
We are evaluating whether we can better use our beautiful Westhampton property, which, if you have visited us there, you would see is seriously underutilized, with one whole building largely empty. We have been speaking with other animal welfare organizations to determine if one or more may want to make use of the property, which we would love to see full of adoptable animals. We are also talking with animal welfare organizations as well as private veterinary practices that might be interested in operating the animal hospital on our campus. Bideawee will continue to run our Westhampton pet memorial park. Under no scenario would we convert our Memorial Parks in Wantagh and Westhampton to any use other than the resting place for tens of thousands of pets.
Rest assured, if Bideawee should ever leave Westhampton, our resident pets would move with us. In fact, once pets join our family, they have a home with us at one of our locations or in foster care for the rest of their lives, sometimes for many years, if they do not find their forever homes. Bideawee was founded as the very first no kill shelter in the United States, and our policy remains that we never euthanize an animal unless it is incurably ill or suffering.
We are still in the exploratory stages of any new configuration at Westhampton. The uncertainty is hard for everyone involved, yet we are committed to being transparent about our work. We will update the community as plans are finalized.