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.

  • Walk with us in the Pride Parade and/or Natal Day Parade!
    Bide Awhile Animal Shelter is thrilled to be participating in both the Pride Parade on Saturday, July 21 in downtown Halifax, and the Natal Day Parade on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10am.

    If you are able to walk in either parade with us – or both – email PR@bideawhile.org or phone 902-469-9578 to sign up! Parade routes are available on the Pride Parade Website and on the Natal Day Website.

  • Plan ahead and do NOT leave pets or people in parked cars
    Summer is in full swing across the country, and that means that leaving pets, children – anyone – in a parked car makes them susceptible to heat stroke, brain damage and even death. Even if the window is cracked and you’re parked in the shade, the inside temperature of a vehicle becomes too hot too quickly for anyone to withstand. Keep your human and furry friends safe by not leaving them in the car.

  • 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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