We're different than other shelters

Bide Awhile is special. It’s a place where animals can feel safe and cared-for while they wait for their permanent home. We’re different than other shelters. We believe that difference is our respect for and commitment to our relationships with our animal companions. These ideals not only provide the foundation for our values and our mission statement, they’re evident in everything that we do.




At Bide Awhile Animal Shelter, you’ll find a number of pets waiting for the right person to come along and give them a better life.




We need plenty of volunteers with a variety of experience and skills. You’ll be carefully matched with a program that interests you—and needs you




Bide Awhile has cared for homeless cats and dogs in metro Halifax since 1969, There are several ways you can donate and fundraise. We deeply appreciate your support.

  • Join the Tails in Motion team! 
    The Blue Nose Marathon is happening again May 18-20 and Bide Awhile is so excited to be participating again! With team runs, events, training sessions, swag, and fundraising competitions (and prizes) leading up to the big race, there are plenty of reasons to join our Tails in Motion team today!

  • Join us at the Cats & Dogs Exhibit, Feb. 24 from 10-2
    Bide Awhile Animal Shelter will be at the Discovery Centre’s new, featured exhibit, Cats and Dogs, Saturday, February 24 from 10am to 2pm to provide information, hand out our children’s books and we will be holding two readings – one at 11am and another at noon. See you there!

  • Bide Awhile receives $5,000 grant from CanFel Foundation

    We are so honoured and grateful to be in receipt of a grant from the CanFel Foundation, worth $5,000! The CanFel Foundation is a registered charity designated as a public foundation. It was established and generously funded by the late Sandra Bond in support of animal welfare. The grant, specifically, will help Bide Awhile expand its spay and neuter program.

  • Food, music and fundraising at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre
    Grafton Street Dinner Theatre presents The Show Must Go On – a hilarious whodunnit murder mystery set to music from the 1960s to present. It all begins when the rising young star of a theatre company goes missing. On April 8, 2018, there will be a special performance in support of Bide Awhile for just $65. Buy your tickets today.

  • Bide Awhile’s 2018 Calendar is now available at retailers across HRM!
    Our 2018 calendar, featuring winner of our Pet Photo Contest is out now at select retailers, vet clinics & at the shelter for just $10. Enter our Pet Photo Contest and find out where you can purchase your 2018 calendar!

  • Fiona’s Inside scoop
    Find all kinds of tips, tricks and tidbits of information from our shelter cat, Fiona, on her weekly blog. On the blog, you’ll find all kinds of resources and facts, like what to do if your pet goes missing, or why you should spay or neuter your animal. Read her latest blog.

  • Have you signed up for Cat Yoga at Bide Awhile!?
    After such an overwhelmingly positive response to our pilot session, Cat Yoga is back: February 17 at 1pm & 2pm and March 17 at 1pm & 2pm, with more sessions to come!  Register today for just $20 a session!

  • Do you want to be part of the Kennel Klub?
    Contributions from our supporters are our sole means of financial support. Making a regular monthly donation to our Kennel Klub helps us plan and budget our resources. At the end of the year, we’ll send you a tax receipt for your total donation. To join the Klub click here.

  • You can now buy Bide Awhile merchandise!
    You can find all things Bide Awhile swag, like t-shirts, jackets, sweaters, hats and more, at our online store! There is a variety of sizes and colours, so there is something for everyone! Orders include FREE shipping and no minimum order!

    For first time orders use ENTRIPYSHOPS10 discount code. This code is valid for 10% off your purchase and can be used one time by each individual user. Start ordering today!

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  • Reading and Giveaway at the Discovery Centre (2/12/2018) - Bide Awhile Animal Shelter will be at the Discovery Centre’s new, featured exhibit, Cats and Dogs, Saturday, February 24 from 10am to 2pm to provide information about the shelter and proper pet guardianship, and we will be holding two readings of The Happy Tale of Two Cats and The Lucky Tale of Two Dogs by Cathy … Continue reading "Reading and Giveaway at the Discovery Centre"
  • Annual Holiday Open House, December 10, 2017 (12/11/2017) - We had an incredibly full house on Sunday, December 10, with hundreds of people visiting to tour the shelter, meet our animals and learn more about Bide Awhile. We were so thrilled to open our doors and show our community what Bide Awhile is all about!