New SPCA Hospital: Helping More Animals and Families Than Ever

By Judy Layne

Saving Lives.  Creating Families.  The Nova Scotia SPCA is dedicated to giving a second chance at happiness to more than 15,000 animals that need help each year.  The establishment of a new SPCA Veterinary Hospital means that they can save and improve the lives of more animals than ever.  It also means that they can help keep more pets and their loving families together.

February 3rd, 2021 was an exciting day in Nova Scotia.  That’s when the SPCA proudly opened the first full-service, not-for-profit veterinary hospital in eastern Canada.  The hospital was made possible thanks to grants from PetSmart Charities® of Canada and is designed to make services accessible for everyone in Nova Scotia.

With state-of-the-art equipment the hospital can provide medical, surgical, wellness and preventative health care to keep your pet healthy and happy.  And with more than 45 years of combined veterinary knowledge and a passion for animals, your pet will receive the highest quality care.  Located at 7 Scarfe Court, Dartmouth, the new hospital is designed to make your pet’s visit comfortable and stress-free.  By trusting the SPCA Veterinary Hospital with your pet’s medical care, you’ll feel good knowing you are saving and improving the lives of more animals than ever before.

Over the last few years, and particularly amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has caused financial strife for so many Nova Scotians, the SPCA sees many animals surrendered for medical reasons.  The SPCA believes that supporting pets staying with owners who love them is not only beneficial for the well-being of pets but their families as well. Surrendering a beloved pet shouldn’t have to be the only option because they cannot afford critical veterinary care.  Thanks to a separate gift of $10,000, the Sunshine Fund, sponsored by Queenidog, was created to help pet owners in financial crisis with their urgent veterinary needs.

Ten-year-old Daisy was among the first pets helped by the Sunshine Fund.  She was suffering from a lump in her ear that impacted her quality of life and her mom Margaret couldn’t afford the surgery Daisy needed.  Margaret shared “Daisy means the world to me.  I was so worried.  This year seemed to be one financial disaster after another for me.  It was such a huge relief to know that the Sunshine Fund could help Daisy. Her surgery in the new SPCA Hospital went smoothly and the staff was wonderful.  I’m so grateful to have my baby home again, together as we should be. Daisy’s feeling so much better – right now, she’s in the backyard chasing that elusive squirrel!”

Since the new hospital was announced, hundreds of people have reached out to the SPCA.  The SPCA recognizes that the need is quite high, and while it’s overwhelming for staff at times, they are thrilled that the hospital has been so well-received. If you need help, please contact the SPCA Veterinary Hospital to discuss a solution that works for you and your pet.

Because this funding is limited, the SPCA is seeking donations to the Sunshine Fund to grow its ability to help loving families in need.  You can grow their ability to help pets like Daisy.  Please click here to contribute to the Sunshine Fund and help more pets and their families.  Thank you for your compassionate support!

Trust your pet’s care to the leader in animal welfare in Atlantic Canada.  Book your appointment by contacting the SPCA Hospital by email: or by phone: 902-706-4155.  The SPCA looks forward to providing your pet with the care they need to be a healthy and happy part of your family.


Judy Layne

Judy is a dedicated volunteer with the Nova Scotia SPCA and proud adoptive fur-mama to Gracie. She is committed to speaking for animals who cannot speak for themselves.