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

  1. Kitty Litter (non clumping or Yesterday's news)
  2. Hypoallergenic dog treats
  3. Bleach
  4. Papertowel and Toilet paper
  5. Large Garbage bags
  6. Can (wet) cat food
  7. Plain white photocopy paper
  8. 2"x4" Shipping/Mailing labels
  9. Canadian Tire Money or Points (click here for instructions)
  10. Gift cards for hardware stores, department stores or office supply store

*Please no donations of dry dog food (kibble); new or opened; 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.

Latest News & Events

Just for Cats! Outdoor Cat Film Festival

Have you ever dreamed of watching hilarious and adorable cat videos on a huge outdoor screen?

Then this event is purrrfect for you! Every cat and kitten is talking about Just for Cats: Outdoor Cat Film Festival! 

Just for Cats will take place inside the historical Halifax Citadel-Parade Square on August 16th, 2014. The event begins at 7:00PM and runs till 10:30PM. Special guest Bubbles [Mike Smith] from the Trailer Park Boys will be in attendance, performing his original song "Kitty's are so nice" at 8:45. Afterword’s there will be a continuous stream of adorable and hilarious internet cat videos that are sure to give you the giggles! Throughout the event there will be a Cat Costume Contest, Vendors, and Face Painting.

The Nova Scotia SPCA will be on site accepting donations, selling popcorn, and other delicious movie time snacks. The entrance fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or at these following vendors:

Nova Scotia SPCA 
Gallery 1 Furniture
PetValu-Spring Garden & Clayton Park
Atlantic Cat Hospital  

For more information about Just for Cats please click the following link :


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