Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
WINNIE THE POOH
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life - music and cats.
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.
Holiday Open House
Please join us on Sunday, December 8 from 1pm-4pm at our Annual Holiday Open House. It’s an excellent opportunity to tour the shelter, meet our new Executive Director, Sehne Connell, staff, board members, and of course our furry guests. Be sure to bring your appetite as well – as we will have snacks, and a crafts/baked goods sale in the community room as well.
Our 2020 Calendar is now available!
Our 2020 calendar’s are now available for purchase at local vet offices, pet stores and retailers throughout the city. You can also pop by our shelter and get your copy (and a few extras for family and friends) for just $10 each. We’re located at 67 Neptune Crescent in Dartmouth! See the full list of retailers here.
Bide Awhile has a new email!
For any animal related questions or concerns, please email our Animal Care Manager, Jennifer, at email@example.com.
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!
Meet our Pet of the Week!
From cute and cuddly to energetic and snuggly, we have up to 100 cats and four 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 Missy, a stunning calico, who is around five-years-old.
February 2019, our adoption fees for cats will be increasing to $180
This increase will help subsidize the rising costs associated with their care. Aside from the small increase in fees, nothing else will change; all of our cats will continue to be vaccinated, dewormed, tested for feline leukemia, spayed or neutered, microchipped, groomed, socialized and receive any other treatment/care that will ensure they leave with a clean bill of health. Our adoption fees for dogs will remain the same at $220. Thank you for your understanding.
Bide Awhile receives $5,000 grant from CanFel Foundation
To support our Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program, the CanFel Foundation has granted Bide Awhile $5,000. Our Program helps low income individuals spay or neuter their pets to reduce pet overpopulation in our community. CanFel is a registered charity that is designated as a public foundation. It was established and generously funded by the late Sandra Bond in support of animal welfare. Thank you so much, CanFel.
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!
- Bide Awhile Animal Shelter Welcomes New President to the Board of Directors (6/20/2019) - Bide Awhile Animal Shelter Society is proud to announce Stacey Langley Chisholm as the new President of our Board of Directors for 2019-2020. Stacey has been involved with Bide Awhile for 20 years and has previously served two eight year terms on our Board of Directors. Previously, Stacey served on our board in the capacity … Continue reading "Bide Awhile Animal Shelter Welcomes New President to the Board of Directors"
- Bide Awhile Animal Shelter Society is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator and Project Assistant (1/31/2019) - Position Summary: Bide Awhile Animal Shelter Society is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator and Project Assistant, who will be responsible for leading all of the Shelter’s marketing/communications activity in-person and online, lending a hand to the Board of Directors/committee with special projects as needed, with other duties as assigned. We are looking for someone who is passionate … Continue reading "Bide Awhile Animal Shelter Society is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator and Project Assistant"
- 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"
Just wanted to let ya know how happy we are with our new addition Sid (aka Seth). We are all smitten and he's the most loving adorable kitty. He's settling in so nicely. From feral kitten to spoiled kitten..he's in for a good life! Thank you for everything and all that you do!
Cheers from the McLeods