Rehoming Your Pet
The Nova Scotia SPCA accepts animals into its care regardless of their age or health. We also follow no-kill principles which means we do not euthanize animals for space. Unexpected life situations happen and the SPCA strives to be approachable, non-judgemental and understanding. On average, healthy and friendly animals are adopted into loving families in less than two weeks!
We take in animals by appointment only so please call ahead.
You simply have to call and arrange an appointment so the shelter can learn about what is the most suitable type of home for your pet. The appointment also allows the shelter to prepare a cozy space for your pet to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Please reach out to your local SPCA. We understand how difficult it is to surrender a pet and thank all owners who are able to make the best decision for their pet. We can help.Contact Your Local SPCA
We usually have many empty spaces to take in cats or dogs that need rehoming. During the extremely busy few months, which tends to be July – October, we may ask you to continue caring for the pet temporarily. However, this depends on the situation so please do not hesitate to call us at any time of year. Animals that are injured, sick, or stray kittens are top priority and are taken into care very quickly.
The Nova Scotia SPCA does not charge surrender fees. We are a registered charity that operates on fundraising and donations, so we will ask you if you are able to contribute towards the cost of the surrendered pet. Adoption fees do not nearly cover the cost of caring for the animals. If you are not able to financially contribute we will not refuse to help your pet or the stray cat or dog you have found.
For issues of aggressive or unwanted behavior, please contact us to discuss options. We can provide you support and recommendations on what could be the best resource for your pet. We may not be able to take in pets with certain behavioural issues that are beyond our ability to rehabilitate but strive to leave you with options. Please call for more information so we can talk through the situation.
No Judgement Zone: Surrendering Your Pet
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