Nova Scotia Rescue Organizations & Shelters

Please Note: Breed specific rescue organizations are listed under the individual breed sections of this website.


For ease in finding a rescue organization near you, the shelters/rescues are listed under specific regions. Please note that some of these rescue groups do provide services/foster care throughout the province and/or in regions beyond their listing.

Shelter & Rescue Listings in Nova Scotia

Select from the following menu for listings of
Rescues/Shelters across Nova Scotia:


Annapolis Valley Region

  • Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
    — Formed to supplement the work of the County of Annapolis and the Towns of Annapolis Royal, Bridgetown and Middleton in the humane treatment of stray or abandoned companion animals.
    Annapolis County, NS
    Tel.: (902)825-2343
  • TLC Animal Shelter
    — To promote responsible, caring and compassionate attitudes towards animals.
    Digby County, NS
    Phone: 902-245-2303

Antigonish County


Halifax – Dartmouth & Area

  • Animal Rescue Coalitions
    — Dedicated to the care and protection of domesticated animals in the community and outlying areas. ARC provides temporary care and shelter to helpless animals in distress whether abandoned, homeless or relinquished. ARC is not a shelter — Animals are fostered with people who take them into their home until they are adopted.
    Halifax, NS
  • Bide Awhile
    — Humane Shelter for Lost and Homeless Animals
    67 Neptune Crescent
    P.O. Box 50029, RPO Southdale
    Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4S2
    Tel.: 902-469-9578
  • Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia
    — “A volunteer, charitable organization, working in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, to set up and run emergency shelters for companion animals affected by man-made and natural disasters.”
    Truro, Nova Scotia
  • Homeward Bound City Pound
    “We are a professional staff committed to providing excellent care through teamwork and continuing education for every customer, every pet, every time. HBCP is contracted by Halifax Regional Municipality to provide shelter for dogs that are in violation of the HRM by-law A-700 and sick or critically injured cats that have been picked up by Animal Services. Along with providing a safe environment, our dedicated staff offer tender loving care and have the animals treated by a veterinarian as needed. Animals that are not claimed within 72 business hours are assessed for adoption to determine which type of home environment would be most suitable for them. Homeward Bound is proud to be a no-kill facility.”
    201 Brownlow Ave, Unit 9
    Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1W2
    Tel.: 902-407-7283
  • Litters ‘n Critters Animal Rescue Society
    — Litters ‘n Critters Animal Rescue Society is a registered society and a not for profit association that is dedicated solely to the well being of all animals, big and small that were either abandoned or relinquished by their owners. We are an independent, self governed animal rescue organization that has members located in the Halifax, Truro and Cape Breton areas and we serve all parts of Nova Scotia. We do not have a shelter but we rely on the fostering process. Litters ‘n Critters is a 100% volunteer organization.
  • Nova Scotia SPCA
    — Dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals and to the promotion of respect and humane care for animals. “We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
    Provincial Office
    1600 Bedford Highway, Suite 209
    Bedford, NS B4A 1E8
    Tel.: 902-835-4798
    Fax: 902-835-7885


Northern Nova Scotia


South Shore Region


Breed Listing

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