Provincial Animal Shelter

Shelter Hours:
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 12pm - 7pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

The Provincial Animal Shelter, formerly the Metro HRM Shelter, is located in the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth. It serves as a provincial animal care facility for animals seized or surrendered through cruelty investigations from across Nova Scotia. Working with the provincial Nova Scotia SPCA, the shelter helps coordinate the sheltering and fostering of abused and neglected animals.

The shelter’s adoption centre provides a welcoming environment where prospective pet owners can be matched with the many dogs, cats and other small animals available for adoption. Shelter staff and volunteers work with adopters to identify the best companion for them, and educational material is available on site and online to help new pet owners. Public donations to the Provincial Animal Shelter help offset the often significant costs of animal care for these animals, a service for which the shelter does not receive any government funding.


Top Ten Most Needed Items

*please no donations of dog food (wet or dry)

  1. Kitty Litter (non clumping or Yesterday's news)
  2. Hypoallergenic dog treats
  3. Can (wet) cat food
  4. Bleach
  5. Papertowel and Toilet paper
  6. Black garbage bags 
  7. Dishwasher detergent
  8. Cat toys (mouse type preferred)
  9. 2"x4" Shipping/Mailing labels)
  10. Gift cards for hardware stores, department stores or office supply store

*Please no donations of dog food (kibble; new or opened; or milk bone type treats.  Except for specialty diets such as Medi-cal brand. Dog food for animals in our care is provided by Iams.  Cat food donations of any kind are always welcomed and much needed.

Latest News & Events


Furvember adoption fee promotion continues until December 14th/2014.

It's Fur-vember! Adult cat adoption fees are now reduced to $95 adult cats (over 1 year old). This includes the spay/neuter, first needles, microchip, Feline leukemia test, vet visit and more! an incredible value for the love and companionship you get in return.

We currently have many adult cats waiting for their forever homes and many more waiting to come in. If you are ready to make a lifetime commitment to a few fur-friend now is the time to adopt! 

Check out the adoptions section of our website for the adoption process information and to view pictures of adoptable cats:

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