New Shelter

Our life-long dream has become a reality as we moved into our amazing new shelter on October 10, 2021. The cats and humans are loving their new surroundings! Unfortunately cost overruns due to Supply Chain issues and Covid caused us to use most of our operational funds to bring the building to completion.

Please help Stay-A-While Cat Shelter rebuild their operational funds to help continue and ensure their most important mission, to provide a state of the art cage-less, no kill shelter that provides loving, compassionate and comprehensive care for cats and kittens awaiting adoption. Become a Legacy Supporter of our new ‘state of the art’ cat shelter!

We still have rooms available for you to sponsor. Please see our New Shelter and Sponsor Donation Page

The Great Migration October 10, 2021

It is done! Our move for 75 cats was completed in one hour! We are very fortunate that we had more than enough volunteers for the day! Thank you to everyone who offered! You are simply the best!
Many are asking when we will be open again – We do not know the answer to that yet as it will be determined by the cats themselves. Once we feel they are comfortable in their new home, then we will be very excited to welcome everyone back!

Preparation for Move

There were many details that the staff meticulously planned for the preparation of the cats to move to their new home. They even color coded the rooms and corresponding cats with their carriers, so they would be taken directly to their appointed rooms based on their needs and personality.
On moving day all carriers were stacked and labeled etc., with drivers waiting to transport them to their grand destination. It worked similar to a well oiled machine with cats efficiently placed in their designated carrier and placed in a volunteers’ vehicle for transport.

Moving In

As seen in the pics our cats were placed carefully in their carrier and transported to their new home by our generous volunteer drivers. Then they were taken to their specific rooms to get acquainted with their new surroundings and each other – you know how cats are. We also wanted to share some pics of how some of our young friendly felines adapted quickly checking out their new digs and their toys as well.

Open House – August 2021

Here are some photos we wanted to share with you from our Open House the weekend of August 20-22, 2021.
Our cats were originally scheduled to move to our new shelter on York Delta at the end of August. However, the fire department requested that we make some minor changes first. These changes are currently taking place. Most importantly we want our cats, staff and volunteers to be as safe as possible at all times.
We will keep you updated with any further information and when our cats will be moving.
Please check out pictures from our Open House held the weekend of August 20-22, 2021!


Groundbreaking on our new shelter was on Tuesday, July 21st! This day is so important to so many people – to many of you!

We will keep you updated on the shelter progress every step of the way.

Our fundraising is not over so please share this if you feel inclined.  Thank Mew to you all!


One local organization’s milestone is the cat’s meow. Staff and volunteers of Stay-A-While Cat Shelter, joined by Mayor Larry Antoskiewicz and furry resident Josiah the cat, broke ground today for a new facility slated to open in a year or so. The future 2,800-square-feet cat shelter, being constructed at 12662 York Delta Drive in the Industrial Parkway, will serve as a dedicated cat shelter, replacing the aging residential structure at 8800 South Akins the group currently calls home. Stay-A-While was founded 37 years ago as Bide-A-Wee, Scottish for “stay-a-while”, and was renamed in 2003. There are currently 75 cats housed at Stay-A-While, which is operated by 25 volunteers and seven employees. The new facility is being funded by donations. To adopt a cat or to donate to the shelter, visit their Facebook page. To see renderings of the new building, visit the shelter’s website at
July 21, 2020 is a big big day for Stay-A-While!  Actually, it is HUGE! We will be breaking ground on our new shelter!  This simply is the best news we could share with you!
Everyone who is a part of SAW (previously known as Bide-A-Wee) knows the urgent need for a new building. We were hoping to have a party for the ground breaking but Covid has kept that from happening. We so wish we could extend an invitation to ALL out you!
The North Royalton Mayor, Larry Antoskiewicz, will be joining us and the news outlets have been invited.
This day has been a LONG TIME coming!
We will be keeping you up to date on our building progress all the way through. Then we will plan an open house for all to see where our feline friends will be living. Hopefully, by then, we can have a party! The picture shows you where we are in our fundraising efforts. You have all been so generous! We still need to continue fundraising and working on our Wish List for the new building. There will be very little in our current shelter that can be taken to the new one. All the cats will go with us of course! Please feel free to share this with any of your family, friends or businesses that might like to hop on board with SAW. The future is so bright  and we could not be happier!
Thank you to every person who supports us! You make all the difference and we could not be at this point without YOU!
Thank Mew!
Beth Pearce, Director

As promised, we are delivering the newest highlights in the progress of our new shelter….

As of June 12th, we are the proud owners of a new property! Stay‑A‑While’s new address will be: 12662 York Delta Drive, North Royalton, Ohio 44133. We will keep you updated when this becomes our official mailing address.

You may view the new building plans and exterior renditions at the shelter. We hope you stop by during our business hours to peek at the current progress of our new shelter. We will be updating and posting each phase on a bulletin board located in the shelter’s Gift Shop and on our website.

We are in contract with our chosen civil engineer (Cunningham & Associates), architect (MoodyNolan) and general contractor (C & M Construction), all of which will oversee our project through completion.

Up to this point in our fundraising, we have obtained 11.7% of our goal. This percentage may seem low but we have increased our building budget to $1.5 million, upon recommendation of the architect. We are hopeful that the sponsorship options will help us reach our goal! Thank you for your continued support and all your interest with the building of our new shelter! We appreciate all of you very much!

You, our generous supporters, are what allow us to persist in our efforts to fulfill the dream of a cat-loving couple that began 38 years ago. In order to continue taking care of homeless cats, Stay-A-While needs a brand new building extremely soon! For over 24 years now, we have been putting band-aids on the cats’ dilapidated home. Unlike the many felines we save each year, this 72 year old house absolutely cannot be saved!

All the major components needed to keep our home standing are failing. The roof has been patched countless times and is officially beyond repair. This has led to raccoons settling into the ceiling for the second time in six months. They even managed to tear through part of the ceiling and were attempting to join our feline friends inside the home. This is a significant danger to the cats. New flooring is needed throughout most of the shelter and some areas will also require subfloor repairs. The heating and air conditioning unit has become incredibly inefficient due to so many years of cat urine penetrating and corroding the duct work. This has caused numerous areas of the shelter to receive insufficient heating and cooling.

I wish that was all, but the list of other repairs is quite extensive too. All these expenses are significantly increasing our yearly operating costs and eliminating our chances for a new building. In order for us to stay in business, we need to raise $1 million! Trust us, we are aware this amount is very intimidating but it will cover the cost of a new lot, engineer and architect expenses, civil engineering fees, the new building itself, and furnishings we cannot take from the current shelter. We are quickly running out of time since we do not know how much longer the cats’ home will be considered safe. We have often come to you in the past asking for assistance but now, more than ever, we are hoping you are able to help because the future of Stay-A-While depends on reaching this goal!

We have been brainstorming for over 2 years with our incredibly hard-working, passionate advisory board to finalize a plan the cats deserve. After much consideration, we feel we have reached the best possible design. This rendering was preceded by multiple drafts in a variety of sizes and layouts. This creates a home for the cats that will be more energy efficient and will allow us to separate them appropriately; more than we are currently able to do. The new shelter will be constructed with nonporous materials to eliminate destruction from urine and cleaning thus allowing sustainability. These features will significantly improve the living environment for our cats and minimize the strong odor that we have battled. Our advisory board has been in communication with the City of North Royalton and received approval to move forward with the new shelter design. The next step is fundraising.

If we could survive solely on our love for cats, we would never cease to exist because those who support us have the biggest hearts! We hope that in this time of desperation we can count on all of you to help us make Stay-A-While an even better home for the countless felines who need shelter, hope, and love! We have great confidence that together we will make this happen; we have no choice.

We will send updates throughout this entire process. The next mailing will include information on various donation levels, room sponsorship opportunities, and in-kind donations. For your convenience, all information provided in the mailings will be posted on the Stay-A-While website: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either one of us.

We accept cash, checks, and PayPal donations.

Please mail cash and check donations to:

SAW New Shelter Fund

9491 Greystone Parkway Brecksville, OH  44141

Thank you in advance for your donation as it will help us continue this great and unique organization!


Important update for all our friends!

Hello to you all. This update is in regard to the recent mailing you may have received about the fundraising status for our new shelter property and the building itself. Based on the feedback we are receiving from that letter, we must make some important clarifications for everyone.

Stay-A-While Cat Shelter’s goal for our upcoming new building and property is to provide a healthy, safe and relaxing living space as well as an environment full of enrichment for our feline friends. If you have been to our current shelter, then you know a large part of that enrichment is the many windows, porches, trees and wildlife our cats enjoy at all times. This has always been a very important part of SAW and I can assure you, this will not change with our new property or building.

The construction project will minimize the disruption to the current trees. We are soliciting the expert advice of an arborist and bat/mammal specialist. Every effort will be made to minimize forest disruptions. Our landscaping plan does include native trees to be planted as part of the new shelter project. This is very important to us!

Please be assured we will NOT be eliminating 75% of the existing trees. That percentage was discussed early on but it is clear to us that we overestimated tree elimination. All urban critters, including the Indiana bats, are important to the new Stay-A-While eco-environment.

We sincerely appreciate all the input from our incredible donors. We listen to you! Thank you for your continued support of the current shelter, the NEW SHELTER, and for your friendship.

Best regards,

Beth Pearce
Jen Martin

Our shelter is really struggling…….yes, this is harsh, but it is our reality. While we continue to be grateful for every donation received last year and so far in 2019, the truth is, the new tax laws have drastically reduced the financial support we have come to rely on.