The Kings County Animal Shelter began because of a group of people who met around a kitchen table and decided to do something about helping homeless cats in Kings County. On April 17, 1990 the new Board of Directors signed on. In the early years, Kings Animal Shelter placed homeless animals in foster homes, held regular adoption days at a local mall and responded to calls for assistance through its network of volunteers. We also offered Spay/Neuter certificates and medical assistance to those in need.
In 1990, the Board of Directors decided to start their campaign to raise sufficient funding to construct an animal shelter in Kings County. The Municipality of the County of Kings provided a 50 year lease on a 2.2 acre parcel of land in Waterville and a $5,000 grant to the fund raising account.
In 2007, sufficient funding was raised to commence construction and the building was completed in April, 2008. However, it wasn’t until June 2009 that supplies and equipment were in place and the Kings County Animal Shelter opened its doors. Since then, the building has been full to capacity with a new animal quickly replacing each one that has been adopted. Some stay longer than others but every one remains at the shelter until the right family comes along.
While the main focus of the SPCA is to care for abandoned and/or abused animals it does accept family pets when space is available. Where possible a surrender fee is charged for these animals.
The Kings Animal Shelter offers Spay/Neuter Voucher and Medical Assist Programs to help those in financial need get their pets altered or cover the cost of emergency medical assessments or euthanasia. It also offers a TNR (trap/neuter/return) Program to those who have feral cat colonies on their property and wish to have the animals spayed/neutered to avoid increases in the colony population.
The Kings County Animal Shelter obtains the majority of its annual operational funds through donations of money, supplies and equipment, bequests and fundraising efforts. We receive minimal government funding and relies heavily on the generosity of the citizens of Kings County.
We support other community organizations by providing work term placements, community service opportunities for government program participants, assisting school students in meeting their community service credits and providing an opportunity for clients of the NS Rehabilitation Center to interact with animals and provide volunteer services.
We also provide information to the general public on proper animal care and animal legislation through media coverage, daily information radio ads and a weekly radio interview/animal profile, our website, newsletter, pamphlets/brochures and responding to email and telephone inquiries.
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 $150 for cats | $235 for kittens
Dogs or Puppies Adoption Fee $275 for dogs | $450 for puppies
- 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
Top 6 Most Needed Items:
- Kitty Litter
- Recycle Bags, Clear Bags & Kitchen Bags
- Paper Towels & Toilet Paper
- Cat Carriers (new or used)
- Wet Cat/Kitten Food (pâté style)
- 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
- Plain White Copier Paper
- Large envelopes (9*12)
- 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
- 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
Everyday, the Kings Animal Shelter receives calls from the public requesting assistance with stray, abandoned or homeless animals. To help care for these animals, the shelter has a foster care program to help with the abundance of calls.
The foster program will cover the cost of veterinary care, food, litter and anything else the animal requires. The role of a foster home is not to provide financial support, but rather to provide the love and patience the animal may need to regain their mental and physical health.
If you are thinking of becoming a foster parent, find out more here. When you become an approved foster parent, you can decide which type of animal will work best in your home environment. If it is a dog you are interested in, there are always opportunities to open your home to a young puppy or a dog with medical or behavioral issues that may benefit from a stable home environment and just needs some extra socialization and love in a home before they can be put up for adoption. Sometimes this is the biggest impact a foster home can provide in an animal’s life.
One of the most common foster examples is unwanted mothers with a litter of kittens. During the summer months, the number of homeless cats and kittens flooding the shelter soars. The demand on shelter resources is made even greater since many of the kittens that come to the shelter are too young to be adopted. Keeping kittens at the shelter for up to 8 weeks before they are old enough to be adopted ties up kennel space, staff and resources. A foster home provides kittens with a quieter, less stressful environment where they can grow into healthy cats. Opening your home and heart as a foster parent to an abandoned animal is a rewarding way to become a volunteer! Fostering is a fantastic opportunity to make a hands-on contribution to saving animals’ lives.
The Kings Animal Shelter relies on help from volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in helping us look after the welfare of animals in our communities. We welcome and encourage volunteer involvement at all levels within all appropriate programs and activities. As a non-profit volunteer organization without government funding, our efforts rely extensively on generous support from people like you. To see how you can help us enhance the quality of life for animals in Kings Count, fill out an online application found here.
1285 County Home Road