A LITTLE ABOUT

WHAT WE DO

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.

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MEET YOUR NEWEST FAMILY MEMBER

ANIMALS FOR ADOPTION

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.

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GET INVOLVED

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

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

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

WAYS TO DONATE

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.

  • Do you need help caring for your pet’s new litter?
    We are offering to spay your mother cat or dog at no cost to you, and under our care, will have all kittens or pups vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, spayed/neutered, tested for feline leukemia, health checked and adopted to a loving, forever home. Call 902-469-9578 to learn more about this limited offer.

     

  • Meet our adoptable cats and dogs!
    Our open concept cat room helps our animals’ personalities shine! After our pets have had their health checked, are vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia and have had bloodwork completed, they are socialized in our main cat room. They live here at the shelter until their forever family comes to meet them! As we get to know our animals’ quirks and habits during their stay, we are able to match them with the right fit based on lifestyle and personality. These cats and dogs are waiting patiently for a second chance at a forever family!

  • We’re counting down the days until the Blue Nose Marathon!
    Whether you’re signed up for the Blue Nose Marathon, or are still deciding, it’s never too late to join or support our Tails in Motion team! Top prizes for fundraisers include Ambassatours Cocktail Cruise tickets for two, a one-month membership for Seven Bays Bouldering, $50 for Pet Valu, cat yoga passes, and registration for Blue Nose 2019!

  • 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.

  • Enter our Pet Photo Contest!
    Our 2018 Pet Photo Contest is on now until May 31! Winners from this contest will be showcased in our annual calendar. The cost is $20 per entry and you can submit your pet’s photo as many times as you’d like! Plus, every entry received before May 4 is entered into a draw to win $300 for Coconut Creek!  Enter our Pet Photo Contest now!

  • Have you signed up for Cat Yoga at Bide Awhile!?
    After such an overwhelmingly positive response to our pilot session, Cat Yoga is back: May 26 at 1pm & 2pm, and June 16 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!

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