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 Animal Shelter 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.

  • Meet our Pet of the Week!
    From cute and cuddly to energetic and snuggly, we have up to 100 cats and six dogs at the shelter at any given time. Each week we select one of our many adoptables and share their quirks with you as our Pet of the Week. This week our, Pet of the Week is Arlette, a beautiful, three-year-old brown tabby; she is waiting in our open concept cat room to meet her forever family.

  • Get your copy of our 2019 Annual Calendar today for just $10!
    Our 2019 Calendar – one of our primary fundraising initiatives – is now available for purchase at Bide Awhile Animal Shelter. Our distribution team is also working extremely hard to get the calendar out to these retailers, vet clinics and offices by the end of September. Every calendar sold will help us help cats and dogs in need.

  • 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!

  • 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.


  • 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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  • We applaud changes made to the Animal Protection Act in NS (9/14/2018) - At Bide Awhile Animal Shelter, we applaud the changes made to the Animal Protection Act in this province. Changes include the banning of unnecessary cosmetic procedures such as tail docking, ear cropping, debarking and declawing, as well as strengthening the language around this legislation. This is wonderful news as it enhances the enforcement and inspection … Continue reading "We applaud changes made to the Animal Protection Act in NS"
  • The Natal Day Parade was amazing! (8/6/2018) - Celebrating Natal Day in the streets was awesome! Thanks so much to everyone who braved the heat and walked the four-kilometre stretch with us! Happy Natal Day, Nova Scotia!
  • We had a blast at the Pride Parade! (7/22/2018) - We had such a wonderful time walking in the Pride Parade for the first time ever! Thanks so much to everyone who came out, walked, danced and celebrated Pride with Bide Awhile. We look forward to walking with you in the Pride Parade again next year!