The Nova Scotia SPCA is a No Kill organization, meaning that we rehome over 90% of the animals served, we are also Open Admission.

Open Admission means the SPCA accepts animals into its care regardless of the situation. Many of these animals are healthy, good-natured pets who are placed for adoption and there are no time limits placed on how long an animal is available for adoption.

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To bring a pet into our care, contact your local SPCA Shelter 

The reasons for surrendering a pet varies greatly. Unexpected moving or financial constraints, newly developed allergies, owners passing with no one able to care for the pet left behind or a stray you’ve been caring for.  There is no need to simply abandon a pet, the Nova Scotia SPCA will pass no judgement and simply wish to help.

The SPCA has the care, capacity, – through it’s shelter and extensive foster network, veterinary resources and expertise to treat and find loving homes for animals it receives. Hundreds of volunteers help provide much needed TLC by giving animals in our care much needed time and attention every day.

Animals will be accepted into our care only by appointment – call ahead to receive your appointment time.  During fall/spring months we are available very quickly to assist you so your appointment will be scheduled rather quickly, we are able to help with last minute or emergency surrender requests.  During the busier time of year which is from July to October, our appointment times fill up quickly, so call early.  While you wait for your appointment we can offer you other suggestions or programs that may help with the reason for rehoming your pet.


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If you are calling to surrender your pet due to a behaviour concern – during your in person appointment we will conduct an assessment on your pet and discuss with you the options, we will accept the pet into our care if that is the option you choose, or can provide you with training material and references if you prefer to work on a concerning behaviour.

Based on the observed behaviour we will determine the best fit for your pet, in our shelter they will receive quality and consistent medical care for any medical issues and time and attention from our team of volunteers.


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Most of the animals coming into our care will find forever homes in less than 2 weeks!  The SPCA is a temporary positive stop on their journey to a new forever home.   We have an extensive foster network we can call upon for any pet requiring more intense recovery from a medical issue or who is not handling the shelter as well and needs time to adjust.


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Feral (wild) cats will not be accepted into the shelter.  We have a TNR program in place to address the needs of feral cats.  Check out our website here for information on Trap-Neuter-Return programs. TNR services must be scheduled in advance as well.


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The reason we are able to remain No Kill is thanks to our award willing programs like our Palliative Care program,  our vast foster network, and our on site SPCA Hospitals in both Dartmouth and Sydney, and the support of our SPCA dog training experts.



Some animals accepted by the SPCA, however, may be too sick, injured or aggressive to be treated or rehabilitated, making humane euthanasia necessary to prevent prolonged suffering or to ensure the health and safety of the community.

We are committed to saving as many animal lives as possible and because of our focus to work together in partnership with the community, animal lives are changed, peoples’ lives are enriched and communities are transformed.

If you know of someone needing help with their pet please call your closest SPCA shelter, or our main # to be redirected 844-835-4798 or email