The Nova Scotia SPCA simply could not function without the help of the fantastic volunteers who donate their time. If you are ready to put up your hand to help, we’ve got the volunteer options to suit you. For the past 3 years our Dartmouth branch has been voted to receive the Coast’s Gold Award for the Best Place to Volunteer!

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Profile of SPCA Volunteer

The Nova Scotia SPCA is always seeking individuals who want to give their time to help the animals, and involve themselves with all their heart. These special people are very concerned to improve the environment for animals in our society and to help the Nova Scotia SPCA save more lives.

The motivation of their involvement is to help the animal, first and foremost!

Basic requirements for all volunteers:

  • Be 18 years of age and over (for most volunteer roles)
  • Be available for long-term commitment

Note the hours and volunteer roles may differ slightly at each of our shelter based branches as well as our foster based branches and the thrift store. Contact the location directly for specifics on their current volunteer needs.



Apply by filling out the volunteer application form if interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities.  *Note dog walker/cat cuddlers are not required to fill out an application, simply visit your local branch to get started.

To volunteer at one of our shelter based branches; Dartmouth, Cape Breton, Colchester, Kings, Pictou or Yarmouth, fill out the application form found HERE.