The Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia  

                  A Registered Charity

Did you know The Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia is a Registered Charity? (839424629 RR001) Donations are always welcome!! When you donate, you help us carry out our mission to provide shelter and supplies for those pets that have been affected by disasters. If you cannot give a donation, why not consider donating your time. You can donate by using the DONATE button above or send a cheque, gift cards or money order to The Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia, 14 Court Street, PO Box 151, Truro, Nova Scotia. B2N 3H7. To become a member, please e-mail membership@dartns.org or check out the membership links below. 

Tips to Protect Your Companion Animal in the Cold Weather.


  • Cats, short-coated dogs and puppies are particularly vulnerable in cold temperatures. Keep cats indoors and protect your dogs from frostbite or hypothermia by taking them outside for short periods during cold weather. Consider slipping your short-coated dog or puppy into a comfortable dog sweater or coat as an extra layer of warmth. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.
  • Since puppies are generally less tolerant of cold weather than adult dogs, to housetrain your puppy during frigid temperatures put a jacket or sweater on him when you take him outside on leash with you to the designated “toilet” area. Give him a treat as soon as he is done, and then bring him back inside. If he hasn’t shown any signs of needing to “go” after a couple of minutes, bring him inside and supervise to prevent accidents, or crate him (dogs are less likely to soil where they eat or sleep), and then try again a little later.
  • Avoid car hazards: During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk.
  • Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags. Ensure your pet always has a warm place to sleep away from drafts and off the floor. A thick cozy dog or cat bed with a blanket or pillow is great.
  • Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice. Also, remove ice balls by placing your pet’s feet in warm (not hot) water before drying them off with a towel. Consider using “booties” to protect your pet’s paws.
  • Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.
  • Protect outdoor dogs. Outdoor dogs must be provided adequate shelter and a constant supply of fresh water. While the SPCA strongly recommends bringing your dog indoors, dogs that live outside require as a minimum a dry, draft-free doghouse soundly built of weatherproof materials with the door facing away from prevailing winds. It should be elevated and insulated, with a door flap and bedding of straw or wood shavings. Check your pet’s water frequently to ensure it’s not frozen and use a tip-resistant plastic or ceramic bowl, rather than metal, to prevent your dog’s tongue sticking to the cold metal surface. There are also heated and/or insulated bowls available that prevent water from freezing.
  • Another danger for pets this time of year is ethylene glycol, which is found in antifreeze and brake fluids and is deadly to all animals. It tastes sweet, so animals may ingest it; a very small amount can be fatal. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Emergency veterinary care is essential. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle and dispose of the rags as hazardous waste. Be alert for antifreeze spills when out on walks and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Check or call the Animal Poison Control Center for more information.
  • As always, your veterinarian is the best source of information on making sure your pet is healthy.

               Support our "Comfurt Kit" Program

When disaster strikes, and families are evacuated, some are forced to leave with only the clothes on their back. Just like our partners, the Canadian Red Cross, who supply Comfort Kits items, we supply "Comfurt Kits" that contain everything your will need for your cat or dog. At this time we have Large Dog, Small Dog and Cat " Comfurt Kits"

We also have a "Comfurt Kit Sponsorship program. For more details, please contact information@dartns.org Close

GREAT NEWS REGARDING DARTNS MEMBERSHIPS

Effective immediately there will be no  fees for becoming a member of DARTNS. We have decided to set our membership renewal date for April 1st every year. Responding Members are still required to furnish a Criminal Record Check every five years. Members are also required to send in a signed copy of our Code of Conduct. The Membership Form and the Code of Conduct can both be signed electronically and emailed directly to our Membership Director at membership@dartns.org.

Here is a YouTube video on how to set up your electronic signature if you don't already know how to create one.

Membership Form:

Code of Conduct:

HRM Criminal Record Check:

When applying for a Criminal Background Check, you may require a letter from DARTNS indicating that we are a Registered Charity.  Please contact Membership@dartns.org if this is the case and we will send you a letter to take to the local Police or RCMP station. The HRM form can be used anywhere within HRM. To the best of our knowledge there is no charge for Criminal Background Check out side of HRM. Please let us know if for some reason this is not factual so that we can seek to create an agreement with that locale, as well be able to let other potential members know.

DARTNS RED PAW MAGNETS

Show your support for The Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia by proudly displaying one of our Paw Magnets.                    

Only $ 6.00 each, they can be purchased from our online store or look for them whenever we are out and about in the community.

Thank you to everyone who supports DARTNS and our efforts in your community to help raise awareness about emergency preparedness for you and your pet.

Life Meters for Pets
Raising awareness about the dangers of leaving pets in hot vehicles

If you are a Canadian non-profit animal welfare agency, shelter or rescue, please contact us about our Life Meter for Pets fundraising opportunities.

We can all benefit.

Raise public awareness and help companion animals at the same time. 

Contact us or order from our Web Store today!

For Media inquiries, please contact:

Catherine Stevens

Communications Director, DARTNS

Tel: 902-233-4089

E-mail: information@dartns.org 

Twitter: @DARTNSComms

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