GS Alumna Named President and CEO of Pet Adoption and Animal Welfare Organization

GS Alumna Named President and CEO of Pet Adoption and Animal Welfare Organization

GS Alumna Named President and CEO of Pet Adoption and Animal Welfare Organization

March 17, 2016

Dolores Swirin-Yao '84

Bideawee, a leading pet adoption and animal welfare organization serving the New York metropolitan area and Long Island, has announced that Dolores Swirin-Yao ’84 has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Swirin-Yao’s career spans more than 25 years of experience in the leadership and management of complex, multi-faceted non-profit organizations.

“We are delighted that Dolores has joined the Bideawee family, as she brings extensive expertise in leading successful not-profit organizations,” Mary Luria, Chair of the Bideawee Board of Trustees, said. “Notably, she embodies the Bideawee mission dedicated to nurturing the valuable bond between people and their pets.”

Ms. Swirin-Yao most recently served as Executive Director of the York College Foundation and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at York College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the largest girls-only leadership organization within the five boroughs of New York. Her professional tenure includes the role of Executive Director of the New York City Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and various senior management and development positions with the American Red Cross of Greater New York, the Beth Israel Medical Center and the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.


Bideawee, which means “stay awhile” in Scottish, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903, Bideawee has been cultivating and supporting the life-long relationships between pets and the people that love them for more than 100 years. Bideawee provides an array of high-touch services including adoption centers, animal hospitals, pet therapy programs, and pet memorial parks that serve pets and pet lovers on their lifelong journey together. Bideawee is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) humane animal organization and 100 percent of Bideawee’s funding comes from private sources. Bideawee operates one facility in New York City and two on Long Island—one in Wantagh, and one in Westhampton.