Dartmouth Shelter

Ways to Contact Us

Find us in Dartmouth

5 Scarfe Court
Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1W4

902-468-7877 or 844-835-4798


Monday Closed
Tuesday 12 (noon) to 7pm
Wednesday 10am to 4pm
Thursday 12 (noon) to 7pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm


The Nova Scotia SPCA simply could not function without the help of the fantastic volunteers who help with our shelters, fundraising, TNR and our thrift stores.  Are you ready to put your paw up and help?

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Foster families care for pets who are too young to be adopted or need to recover from illnesses or injuries.   We provide all supplies and medical care.  All you need is love and space!

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Wish List

The SPCA does not receive any government funding for our shelters so our shelter pets rely on your generosity.  Pick up some of the top needed supplies to help care for local animals in need.

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In 1988, a gentleman by the name of John A. Kennedy pass away leaving a sizeable bequest. Due to the money received, the dedication and cooperation of the newly formed Metro board and the Provincial Board and staff, the society was able to open the doors of its newly constructed Metro SPCA animal shelter (now known as the Dartmouth Shelter) in Dartmouth on January 10, 1991.

On March 10, 1992, a devastating fire caused extensive damage to the newly built shelter and worst of all, four animals perished in the fire. No one was formally charged for the fire; however, arson was suspected. On June 26, 1992, the doors of the reconstructed shelter were re-opened.

The Dartmouth Shelter handles the majority of cruelty intake for the province of Nova Scotia as well as addresses the overflow of intake from other Friends of the SPCA in the Province.

The shelter couldn’t be as successful as we are without the support of the public and our annual fundraising campaigns.

While many of the animals that come through the doors have been through some of the most horrific of experiences, the Dartmouth Shelter is, however, a joyous and happy place where deserving animals are given a second chance for a happy life. It is a place where dedicated shelter staff get to witness the culmination of their hard work and sacrifice when an animal begins to trust again, and where animal lovers converge to volunteer countless hours of their time in an effort to change the lives of animals.

The Dartmouth Shelter, formerly the Provincial Animal (Metro) Shelter, is located in the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth. It serves as a provincial animal care facility for animals seized or surrendered through cruelty investigations from across Nova Scotia. Working with the provincial Nova Scotia SPCA, the shelter helps coordinate the sheltering and fostering of abused and neglected animals.

The shelter’s adoption centre provides a welcoming environment where prospective pet owners can be matched with the many dogs, cats and other small animals available for adoption. Shelter staff and volunteers work with adopters to identify the best companion for them, and educational material is available on site and online to help new pet owners. Public donations to the Dartmouth Shelter help offset the often significant costs of animal care for these animals, a service for which the shelter does not receive any government funding.

Adoption Fees

Adopting an animal from the SPCA 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 $175 for cats | $250 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