Dartmouth Animal Shelter

In 1988, a gentleman by the name of John A. Kennedy pass away leaving a sizeable bequest. Due to the money received, the dedication and cooperation of the newly formed Metro board and the Provincial Board and staff, the society was able to open the doors of its newly constructed Metro SPCA animal shelter (now known as the Dartmouth Shelter) in Dartmouth on January 10, 1991.

On March 10, 1992, a devastating fire caused extensive damage to the newly built shelter and worst of all, four animals perished in the fire. No one was formally charged for the fire; however, arson was suspected. On June 26, 1992, the doors of the reconstructed shelter were re-opened.

The Dartmouth Shelter handles the majority of cruelty intake for the province of Nova Scotia as well as addresses the overflow of intake from other Friends of the SPCA in the Province.

The shelter couldn’t be as successful as we are without the support of the public and our annual fundraising campaigns.

While many of the animals that come through the doors have been through some of the most horrific of experiences, the Dartmouth Shelter is, however, a joyous and happy place where deserving animals are given a second chance for a happy life. It is a place where dedicated shelter staff get to witness the culmination of their hard work and sacrifice when an animal begins to trust again, and where animal lovers converge to volunteer countless hours of their time in an effort to change the lives of animals.

The Dartmouth Shelter, formerly the Provincial Animal (Metro) 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 Dartmouth 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.

Adopting an animal from an SPCA, humane organization or rescue group can be a very rewarding experience. You will be giving a homeless animal a second chance in life and providing it with a safe, loving “forever” home.

Cats or Kittens Adoption Fee $175 for cats | $235 for kittens

Dogs or Puppies Adoption Fee  $275 for dogs | $450 for puppies

What’s Included

  • Examination by a Veterinarian
  • Flea/Parasite Treatment
  • Feline Leukemia Test (cats)
  • Vaccines to time of Adoption (core vaccines only)
  • Spay or Neuter Surgery (including kittens and puppies)
  • 8 week trial of NS SPCA Pet Insurance
  • Microchip

Donations can be dropped off at our shelter at 5 Scarfe Crt, Dartmouth. We have a drop off box a the front door if you stop by outside of our hours of operation. You can also drop off items at any one of our events, or contact us for other options.

Top Eleven Most Needed Items:

  • Kitty Litter (non clumping or Yesterday’s news)
  • Can (wet) cat food
  • Papertowels
  • Bleach
  • Large garbage bags
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Stainless steel cat dishes
  • New or used small cat carriers
  • Rabbit hutches (plastic) (ideal for housing young kittens)
  • Cat toys (mouse type preferred)
  • Gift cards for hardware stores, department stores or office supply stores

View our Commonly Needed list 

Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic Wish List:

  • Live (Humane) traps any size. Available at any hardware store.
  • Transfer cages. Available online through WCS Canada
  • Wet cat food
  • Cans of Tuna, Chicken or Sardines used when setting traps to catch a cat.
  • Donations of Dry cat food to support Caretakers of a colony.
  • Cat Carriers (new or used)
  • Large wire dog crates (for temporary housing of cats awaiting spay/neuter surgery).
  • Monetary donations to sponsor a spay/neuter surgery. Donate online today


  • Kitty Litter (non-clumping)
  • Large Kong toys
  • Stainless steel food bowls (small)
  • Small cat litter boxes
  • Cat toys (without catnip)
  • Pet Carriers (new or used)
  • Non-plush dog toys suitable for sanitizing
  • Dog training ‘clickers’
  • Halti and martingale dog collars
  • Professional grooming clippers
  • Yesterday news cat litter
  • Rubbermaid storage containers (55L preferred)
  • Dog Harnesses (new or used)
  • Dog leashes (new or used)
  • Tupperware containers (cereal size)


  • Wet cat food
  • Glucosamine supplements
  • KMR Kitten Milk Replacer
  • Bottles for nursing kittens
  • Hypo allergenic dog treats
  • Pill pockets
  • Canned Pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • Hills Prescription Diet Canine and Feline A/D cans and Hill’s® Science Diet Cat and Dog food (wet and dry food)

We’re proud to feed Hill’s® Science Diet®. This provides precisely balanced nutrition that helps these pets find their way to happier, healthier lives.


  • Lab coats (new or used)
  • Purina Veterinary Diet Fortiflora (dog and cat)
  • Disposable smocks
  • Sterile syringes
  • Latex gloves (size medium)
  • Pediatric scale
  • Rubber Mats
  • Feliway
  • Qtips


  • Plain White Copier Paper
  • Scissors
  • Large envelopes (9*12)
  • Stapler
  • 2 or 3 hole punch
  • Postage Stamps
  • Avery Laser Shipping Labels (2”x4”)
  • Pens, Whiteout, highlighters
  • Whiteboard markers & whiteboard erasers
  • Office safe (combination)
  • Computer mouse
  • Document laminator
  • New or relatively new computer
  • Banker boxes


  • Paper towel
  • Bleach
  • HE Laundry Detergent
  • Large black or clear garbage bags
  • Household cleaning wipes
  • Bathroom cleaner


  • Ziplock bags
  • Zip ties
  • Heating pads (non electric)
  • 9V batteries
  • AA batteries
  • WD 40
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Jelly aprons
  • Tabletop fan
  • Paper or Plastic cups
  • Band aids
  • Hand Soap
  • 6′ portable table
  • ‘Fogger’ for cleaning
  • Humane Live trap

There are many ways you can help the animals in our shelter with your time, which is priceless to the animals. Learn more about what it means to be a volunteer and view our available positions here.

5 Scarfe Court
Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1W4

902-468-7877 or 844-835-4798



Monday Closed
Tuesday 12 (noon) to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 4pm
Thursday 12 (noon) to 7pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm


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