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.

  • 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.

  • Thank you, R & R Pools, for your generous donation!
    During our annual Holiday Open House this past weekend, representatives from R & R Pools stopped by to make a donation to Bide Awhile Animal Shelter. Thank you so much for your generosity and support!

  • Thank you for joining us at our Holiday Open House!
    On Sunday, December 10, 2017, hundreds of people came to tour the shelter, meet our 12 Strays of Christmas, and learn more about us! Thank you so much for coming out!

  • We partnered with Santa Claus this past weekend
    By partnering with Santa at Mic Mac Mall and Halifax Shopping Centre on December 9, we were able to donate hundreds of books to kids, and help teach them proper pet care! See more of our photos here.

  • 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 November 18, we have brought Cat Yoga back for SIX sessions: January 20 at 1pm & 2pm, February 17 at 1pm & 2pm and March 17 at 1pm & 2pm. 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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