We are often asked at Bide Awhile what makes us different from other shelters and we believe our difference lies in our heart and in our vision. At the very heart of Bide Awhile is the respect we have for our animal friends, and the value we put on our relationships with them. We believe that both human and animal lives are enhanced when they come together and because of this, we work hard to place animals in loving home environments. Because we believe in creating a humane community, we strive to educate the public about many topics, including pet ownership, the importance of spaying and neutering, and other animal issues.

Our Mission

To provide compassionate care, rehabilitation, and safe haven for companion animals in need. We believe they deserve respect, dignity, and a chance for a happy life regardless of age, health status or breed. 

Our Vision

To be the leading and respected partner for companion animal welfare, in a community of caring forever homes.  

Our Values

  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Community
  • Inclusivity
  • Thought Leadership