Nova Scotia Rescue Organizations & Shelters

For ease of 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


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

  • Lost & Found Pets and Adopt/Foster a Rescue Pet - NEW - Database Now Available (Added 28 July 2014)
    Attention Shelters & Rescues: You are welcome to add your adoptable pets to the listings.
  • If you are a Shelter/Rescue that would like to be listed, please complete the Rescue Questionnaire and your information will be added upon acceptance.


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


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

Cape Breton Region

    None listed at this time.

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
    E-mail: arc@seabright.ca
  • Bide Awhile
    — Humane Shelter for Lost and Homeless Animals
    12 Eaton Avenue
    Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2X5
    Tel.: 902-469-9578
  • Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia
    — A volunteer, charitable organization, working under the direction of the Canadian Red Cross, to set up and run emergency shelters for companion animals affected by man-made and natural disasters.
    Truro, Nova Scotia
    Email: information@dartns.org
  • 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.
    E-mail: littersncritters@eastlink.ca
  • 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
    E-Mail: animals@spcans.ca

Northern Nova Scotia

South Shore Region

Yarmouth County

    None listed at this time.

If you know of a Shelter or Rescue Organization that is not listed here, please contact us with the details and we will be glad to add it to the appropriate listing.