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Bide-A- Wee , 미국의 입양센터/보호소 단체

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Bide-A- Wee , 미국의 입양센터/보호소 단체

강은엽 교수님(2004년 7월 현재 아름품 대표)이 뉴욕에서 입양센터를 보고 오신 곳 중의 하나가 100년 정도 된 Bide-A-Wee 에서 운영하는 곳인데 이 단체는 3개의 No-Kill Adoption Center/Shelter를 운영하고 있으며 1903년에 설립 된 후 지금까지 백여 만 마리의 유기동물을 입양하였다고 합니다.

미국에서 가장 오래된 역사를 지닌 단체 중의 하나인데 Bide-A-Wee라는 뜻은 스코트랜드 말로 그 뜻은 "stay awhile" 즉, "조금 더 함께 있어줘" 정도의 뜻으로 풀이할 수 있는데 단체가 설립되고 처음 하기 시작한 일은 당시 교통수단이었던 마차를 모는 말들이나 사람들이 타고다니던 말들이 목을 축일 수 있도록 뉴욕시 곳곳에 말들을 위한 물통을 마련하여 주는 활동이었다고 합니다.

매해 5,000여 마리가 세곳의 입양센터를 통해 입양되고 있고 매해 20.000여 마리가 이 곳의 의료센터에서 치료를 받는다고 합니다.

여름에는 무료중성화수술캠페인을 하여 수백마리의 개와 고양이가 무료로 중성화수술을 받고 동물이 치유될 수없는 치명적인 질병을 앓는 경우가 아닌 한 안락사에 처하지 않는 곳이며,

수만 마리의 동물이 이곳에서 운영, 관리하는 두 곳의 동물묘지에 안장되어 있고 미국 닉슨 대통령의 반려견이었던 체커도 이 곳의 애완동물 묘지에 묻혀있다고 합니다.

일반인을 대상으로 한 교육 프로그램, 학교에서 학생들을 상대로 한 교육 프로그램과, 사랑하는 동물과 사별한 사람들의 슬픔을 함께 나누고 상담하여 주는 프로그램, 여름철에는 매해 중성화수술을 무료로 시행하여 주는 의료봉사 프로그램 등 수 많은 프로그램이 자원봉사자들의 적극적인 참여로 이루어지고 있다고 합니다.

뉴욕의 911 트윈타워 참사 때에도 이 단체에서는 수의사와 훈련사 자원봉사자들을 현장에 파견하여 구조탐색견을 돌보았고,

이 단체에서는 노령견과 노묘를 위한 시설이 별도로 있어서 나이든 개와 고양이에게 필요한 건강관리와 보살핌이 이루어지고 있으며,

단체의 이 모든 활동이 정부의 지원에 의한 것이 아니라 개인들의 후원금으로 이루어지고 있다고 합니다.

I. http://www.bideawee.org/about.asp

Welcome to Bide-A-Wee -- the companion animal welfare society whose no-kill adoption centers have found loving homes for more than one million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in the century since we were founded.

Every year, thousands of helpless, unwanted pets find their way to Bide-A-Wee's doors to receive shelter, food, medical care, companionship and love. Within a few months, nearly all are successfully placed with carefully screened adopters.

Were it not for Bide-A-Wee, many of these pets would end up abandoned or destroyed. Unfortunately, many public and privately operated shelters still routinely destroy animals that are not adopted within a specified timeframe or are deemed "hard to place." In New York City alone, more than 40,000 dogs and cats are destroyed each year. At Bide-A-Wee, an animal is never euthanized unless it is incurably ill.

Bide-A-Wee was established as a nonprofit association in 1903, with the primary purpose of providing temporary shelter and finding loving, responsible homes for unwanted pets.

Today, Bide-A-Wee also works to preserve and extend the special relationship between people and these most devoted of friends, through education, community outreach, free spaying and neutering for dogs and cats every summer, an externship program for veterinary students, pet therapy, pet memorial parks, and the Golden Years Retirement Home for older, unadoptable pets.

There are three Bide-A-Wee animal shelters and adoption centers -- one in Manhattan, and two on Long Island, at Wantagh and Westhampton. The shelters operate at full capacity and usually have a waiting list for admission.

Services at the centers include medical care at fully staffed veterinary clinics for pets waiting to be adopted, plus subsidized care that makes routine checkups, vaccinations, and treatment affordable for pet owners on fixed incomes or in financial need.

The two Long Island centers share their grounds with pet memorial parks, which provide comfort and support for pet owners, families, and friends.

Everyone here at Bide-A-Wee -- the staff and the animals -- appreciates your interest and support. We welcome your inquiries. Please send email to info@bideawee.org for more information.

Thank you for visiting our web site.

1. Our Mission

Bide-A-Wee has found responsible homes for over 1,000,000 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies during our first 100 years. Bide-A-Wee also provides veterinary care for 20,000 pets each year; training assistance for adopters; humane education programs for thousands of children; pet therapy visits to nursing homes, hospitals and hospices; the Golden Years Retirement Home for older dogs and cats; two Pet Memorial Parks; and bereavement counseling.

2. History

On a trip abroad at the turn of the century, Mrs. Flora D'Auby Jenkins Kibbe saw the unique work of the Barrone d'Herpents Dog Refuge in Paris. The humane group sent its small ambulance all over the city to pick up stray and unwanted dogs.

The work helped animals -- it was a rescue operation. Instead of being destroyed, the animals were cared for until they were placed in new homes.

Mrs. Kibbe returned to New York City inspired by the progressive idea of caring for stray and unwanted animals. By the end of 1903, the Bide-A-Wee Home Association was operating out of a small building near Mrs. Kibbe's home in Manhattan.

During those years, when horses and farm animals were common in Manhattan, Bide-A-Wee looked after every kind of stray. One of its major services to the city was placing and maintaining troughs filled with fresh drinking water for carriage horses throughout Manhattan's streets.

By 1909, the Bide-A-Wee building was home to 200 dogs. The neighbors complained so much about the constant barking that the dogs and Mrs. Kibbe were forced out. For the next several years, Bide-A-Wee had no permanent home to call its own, and the animals were housed in a series of temporary shelters.

Bide-A-Wee then found a permanent location in Manhattan -- where its city facility still stands. Over time, the two Long Island locations were developed, and pet memorial parks were created on their spacious grounds. Thousands of pets from the New York metropolitan area have been buried there.

Over the years, Bide-A-Wee and the pets and people it serves have benefited from the generous support of many donors. Support has ranged from school children pledging their lunch money for a day to bequests that fund major construction projects.

II. http://www.bideawee.org/adoptions.asp

Since 1903, Bide-A-Wee has been dedicated to a simple mission: to shelter and care for homeless cats and dogs until they can be adopted. Bide-A-Wee -- the name comes from a Scottish phrase for "stay a while" -- is one of the nation's oldest and most respected humane organizations.

Over the years, Bide-A-Wee has placed more than one million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Our dedicated staff takes pride in evaluating the personalities of pets and helping to make the best possible matches with people.

All pets in Bide-A-Wee's care are housed in clean, climate-controlled, indoor facilities. They eat a high-quality diet, and they receive loving attention, daily play, and exercise from caring staff and volunteers.

The three Bide-A-Wee shelters in Manhattan, Wantagh and Westhampton are all no-kill sanctuaries. There is typically a waiting list for new pets to be admitted to the shelters, and people are called as soon as space becomes available.

If you need to place your pet in a Bide-A-Wee shelter, or you know someone whose pet is facing homelessness or abandonment, please call to make an admissions appointment. Or send email to info@bideawee.org

1. Pre-adoption

The adoption process begins when a pet is admitted to a Bide-A-Wee shelter. Each new cat and dog is given a thorough medical checkup to ensure that it is healthy and ready for adoption, and to protect the pets already in the shelter. Routine care includes age-appropriate vaccinations against rabies, distemper, and other preventable diseases, plus testing for heartworm and feline leukemia.

Adult pets are spayed or neutered before they are placed in the adoption areas. If a kitten or puppy is too young to be neutered, the procedure will be done free of charge at a Bide-A-Wee clinic when the pet is old enough.

2. Adoption

People who want to adopt a Bide-A-Wee pet are encouraged to get to know the cat, dog, puppy or kitten they're interested in before making any decisions. Our shelters all have warm, friendly, "get acquainted" areas, where pets and people can have their first meetings in calm, relaxing spaces.

A short interview is part of the adoption process, to help the shelter staff match each animal with a compatible, responsible person. To help defray operating costs, a donation is requested for each pet adopted.

When you and your new friend are ready to go home together, the shelters sell basic pet supplies, such as dog collars, leashes and carriers, to make the beginning of your new life together convenient and safe.

How long it takes for a pet to find a home varies greatly, and Bide-A-Wee's no-kill policy means that we keep every animal until we make a match. Puppies and kittens find homes the most quickly, but we also have placed many older and special-needs pets with wonderful people. And, thanks to the "Purina Pets for People Program," we are able to subsidize adoption costs for people who are 60 years of age or older.

3. Post-Adoption

The staff and volunteers at Bide-A-Wee want to make the adjustment process as smooth as possible for pets and for people when they start a new life. We encourage people to call for advice.

Whether you need answers to questions, good advice, or just some extra support, we are only a phone call away. Educational materials are also available at each shelter.

Bide-A-Wee also offers free veterinary care at each of its three clinics for the first two weeks after adoption.

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