Report Animal Cruelty


The Nova Scotia SPCA has a zero-tolerance policy for animal cruelty and neglect.

Please speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Complete the confidential cruelty complaint below or

Call 1-888-703-7722

Report Cruelty Here

Protecting Pets

The Nova Scotia SPCA is the only charity organization with legal powers to help animals in need and bring animal offenders to justice.  Our Special Constables are authorized under the Animal Protection Act to protect companion animals from abuse, neglect, and abandonment.

They have the authority of peace officers when enforcing laws pertaining to animal welfare and cruelty prevention. If there has been a deliberate act of violence or neglect, our Officers seek justice through the courts.

Download Animal Protection Act

Download Regulations 

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Mistreated Animals

Upon finding an animal in distress, the Nova Scotia SPCA must work with the owner or caregiver to relieve the distress. If the owner or caretaker does not act or cannot be found, Special Constables are permitted to take such action as they consider necessary to relieve the distress.

This may include:

  • Taking the animal into protective custody;
  • Arranging for any necessary transportation, food, water, care, shelter and medical treatment; or
  • Delivering the animal into the custody of the Society or another suitable caretaker