Over the summer, I volunteered at Bideawee in Westhampton. Bideawee is a no kill animal with three locations in New York. My sister and I went in four times a week for two or three hours each day. Work at Bideawee made me realize how neglected some animals are. At the shelter there were animals that have been abandoned and beaten. There was a dog that came from the south with a broken jaw. One of the volunteers told me that the dog’s previous own shot its mouth with an air soft gun. Matilda, cat at the shelter, has Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH). CH makes Matilda have jerky movements and she often falls into her own litter. Matilda has to live in a padded room so she does not hurt herself. The saddest part is that she is the most loving cat in the world and she still hasn’t been adopted. It’s heartbreaking to know that some of the animals at the shelter have been there for at least 8 years. Jackie, a blind dog, has been at the shelter for so long that she is now blind. The no one will adopt her and the shelter can’t kill her. Whenever anyone came in to look at any of the animals, I would get so excited and hope that someone would adopt Jackie or Matilda, but no one ever did.
At the shelter I also has cleaning responsibilities. I cleaned litter boxes, washed windows, did laundry, mopped floor. It was a nice balance of work and play. I loved getting to know the staff and all of the animals.
Here is a video of one of the cats at the shelter. Someone found her with wire wrapped around her leg. The wire gave her a very bad cut. She also came into the shelter with a broken back. She has been in the animal hospital for over two weeks.
Here is a photo of me with Matilda.