PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia SPCA’s Dartmouth Shelter is Going Open Admission for the Month of March

Posted on: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

(Dartmouth) March 2, 2017 –  The Nova Scotia SPCA has a goal to become the first animal welfare society in Canada to achieve the impressive goal of being both No-Kill and Open Admission!

For the month of March, not only will the SPCA’s Dartmouth Animal Shelter continue to be No- Kill, meaning that over 90% of the animals served are rehomed, we will also be Open Admission. Open Admission, means that the Nova Scotia SPCA will never refuse a companion animal in immediate need of shelter.

“Throughout the month of March the Dartmouth Animal Shelter is going to be having a trial for Open Admission to test our infrastructure to see if we can handle the need we suspect is in the community.”  Says Elizabeth Murphy, Nova Scotia SPCA CEO.  “For that month, not only will we hold open our hearts but our doors will be open wide too!”

“The Nova Scotia SPCA provides a vital safety net to injured, neglected, abandoned, or abused companion animals.” Says Murphy. “Many of these animals are healthy, good-natured pets who will be placed for adoption and there will be no time limits made on how long an animal is available for adoption.”

Most of the animals coming into the care of the Nova Scotia SPCA will find forever homes in less than 2 weeks!  The SPCA is a temporary positive stop on their journey to a new forever home and has an extensive foster network that can be called 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.

Appointments are required for animals to be surrendered ensuring that the SPCA can obtain as much information as possible regarding the animal’s medical and behavior history.  The community can call (902) 468-7877 to receive an appointment time.  Based on the observed behaviour the SPCA will determine the best fit for your pet. While in the care of the Dartmouth Shelter they will receive quality and consistent medical care for any medical issues, time and attention from the team of volunteers.

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 passes no judgement and is just here to help.

If you know of someone needing help with their pet, please call the SPCA at 902-468-7877 Option 6 or email in the HRM or (844) 835-4798 for other areas.



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