Pictou Animal Shelter

The Pictou County Animal Shelter was formed in 1979 and has provided a necessary service to the many animals and residents of the towns and municipality. The Branch depends on the generosity of the residents and businesses of Pictou County to help keep the shelter doors open.

Services include but are not limited to care of animals, both abandoned and stray; re-home animals given up by their owners; and pound services for the county and Pictou; we also do educational presentations at the schools and works with John Howard’s Restorative justice, Summer Street Industries and other community groups.

Pictou County Animal Shelter relies on volunteers and donations; further income is generated by our year round fundraising efforts which include: tickets sales, I.D.tags, memberships, bottle drives, bowl-a-thons, bake sales, Christmas wrap and BBQ’s. Our biggest fundraiser is our annual Christmas letter.

Through our involvement with the schools, we now have multiple schools that are providing fundraising efforts to help the animals of the Pictou County. Their ideas range from Dance-a-thons, wake-a –thons to birthday parties etc.

We have a very good relationship with the local businesses of Pictou County and through the years they have given a huge amount of support. Pictou Animal Shelter also benefits from an excellent relationship with the local media in Pictou County as well.

We thank the community as a whole for all the years of support.

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

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

Top Eight Most Needed Items:

  • Bleach
  • Cat Carriers (new or used)
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Canadian Tire Money
  • Plain White Copier paper
  • Large black or clear garbage bags
  • Latex gloves (size medium)
  • Kitty Litter (non clumping)


  • 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


Do you love animals?
Want to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned animals?
Have a free Saturday a month with about 2 hours of time?
Are you responsible, independent and comfortable with computers?

Then this volunteer position is for you. You can make a difference in the lives of animals, by helping the Nova Scotia SPCA Pictou County Branch.

Be part of the solution. You’ll join a network of hundreds of thousands of people working to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures. You’ll make the jobs of everyone working for animals a little easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.

You’ll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.

Enjoy a wagging tail, a purr, and a smile. Didn’t someone once say that the best things in life are free?

The Nova Scotia SPCA Pictou County Branch is looking for committed, mature responsible volunteers that are proficient with computers and able to commit to one Saturday a month for 2 hours to help with adoptions at the shelter, anyone interested please fill out an application here.


Everyday, the Pictou 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, fine 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.

3504 Granton Road
New Glasgow, NS

PO Box 786, New Glasgow NS B2H 5G2

902-396-3595 or 844-835-4798



Monday 11am-3pm
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm


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