Yarmouth Animal Shelter

The Yarmouth Animal Shelter is only one of two Nova Scotia SPCA shelters west of Halifax. The Yarmouth Animal Shelter was the first to be formed in 1900 and built an animal shelter in 1982/83 with an extension added in 1989 and renovated in 2006. There are currently four employees and many dedicated volunteers that support it.

The Yarmouth Animal Shelter rescues and takes care of abused, abandoned, homeless animals and attempts to find good homes for the unwanted animals in our care. We admit approximately 700 animals per year to the shelter. The expenses of running the shelter are covered by fundraising, memberships, donations, dog control services and community events.

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

Most Needed Items:

  • Medium Sized Litter Pans
  • Cat Carriers (new or used)
  • Non-Clumping Cat Litter (Unscented)
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Nylon Dog Collars (Size Medium & Large)
  • Kongs & Kong Wobblers
  • Yesterday’s News Cat Litter


  • 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


Volunteers are always welcome. Stop in anytime and fill out an application form or fill one out online here. There are many ways you can help the animals in our shelter with your time, which is priceless to the animals.


Our greatest need is for foster homes to care for cats and kittens!  We rely on foster homes to care for kittens until they are old enough to be adopted, if interested in learning more check out our foster information page here.

298 Hardscratch Road
Yarmouth, NS, B5A 4A8

902-742-9767 or 844-835-4798



Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm


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