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

Santa Pix Volunteer Elves Needed!

Posted: November 5, 2013

Do you love animals? Do you love the Holiday Season? Why not be an elf for one of our Santa Pix venues this year! You will get to meet many animals who are very eager to meet Santa. You will even get to meet him and be his special helper!

Nova Scotia SPCA's Santa Pix has 9 venues this year. All proceeds raised go towards helping vulnerable animals in our Province.

The venue dates and locations are as follows:

  • Saturday November 16- Jollytails (11 am - 3 pm)
  • Thursday November 21- Pets Unlimited Bayers Lake (5 pm - 8 pm)
  • Saturday November 23- Pet Valu Clayton Park (1 pm - 4 pm)
  • Sunday November 24- Pet Valu Spring Garden (1 pm - 4 pm)
  • Thursday November 28- Fall River Vet Hospital (5 pm - 7 pm)
  • Saturday November 30- Halifax Vet Hospital Quinpool Road (2 pm - 5 pm)
  • Sunday December 1- Pet Valu Larry Uteck (1 pm - 4 pm)
  • Monday December 2- The Atrium (5 pm - 7 pm)
  • Thursday December 5- Pets Unlimited Burnside (5 pm - 8 pm)

If you are interested in being a Santa Pix Elf please contact Janice Robinson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 902-835-4798 ext.224.

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