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 or check out the membership links below. 

Fund Development Director

The Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia (DARTNS) is currently seeking a passionate and ambitious volunteer for the position of Fund Development Director.

Do you love animals? Are you eager to contribute to your local community? 

Are you looking for interesting work that will enhance your resume?

                                                                                                                   Then we would love to welcome you into our organization! 

                                                          View Job Description Here

Easter Tips for Pet Owners

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family Happy Easter! With Easter comes the chance to shower your pets with extra love and of course toys and treats.

Please do not gift animals, especially rabbits and baby chicks as they require special care. Pets are a huge financial and emotional responsibility and they may not be returnable when the holiday is over.

Here are some pet friendly tips to ensure you all have a Safe and Happy Easter:


  • Easter grass used for baskets can be very harmful if ingested by your pet.                            Use paper strips to decorate your basket if you have birds as pets.
  • If you put an Easter costume on your pet, ensure you supervise them in case they get          the costume caught on something or perhaps ingest something small that is part of the        costume.
  • Gift packages, cellophane, ribbons and balloons can also be harmful if swallowed by            your pet. Keep items like this out of reach of your pet, especially if you have birds in the      home.
  • Human food is never good for pets, so you may want to keep a close eye on them                around meal time. Fatty foods may cause an upset stomach, and some foods are                poisonous such as onions, grapes, alcohol, avocado and raisins.

Pets and Treats:

  • Chocolate melts in your mouth, but should never go in theirs.                                                It can cause many issues such as heart and digestion problems, and in some cases,           can be fatal. Explain to everyone how dangerous some human treats are to pets.
  • Also, watch out for candy wrappers or plastic sucker sticks as they can be a                       choking hazard to your animal.


  • Flowers and plants ingested by your pet can cause vomiting or stomach upset.                    Lilies are extremely dangerous to pets so please be careful. 

Remember, your veterinarian is the best source for advice when it comes to your pet’s well-being.

Spring Has Sprung !!

Enjoy these "Pawsome" tips for your pets!

Spring has Sprung and is a great time to be outdoors with your pets. Remember when walking to make sure your pets collar has up to date ID tags with your name and number.

  • LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Remember to SPAY or NEUTER your pet to help control the pet population.
  • Groom your dog or cat to get rid of winter coat.
  • Having your pet micro-chipped is the safest way to ensure it can be returned if it gets lost or stolen.
  • Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and medications. Check with your veterinarian to ensure your pet has the proper flea/tick and heartworm preventative and is vaccinated for the following: Parvo/Bordetella/Canine Influenza.
  • Watch out for the buzzing noises of bees and wasps. Curious cats and dogs can be stung if they stick their nose a little too close.
  • Cats and flies; watch they do not jump and hurt themselves when trying to catch flies or bugs.
  • Spring is a great time to get our lawn in shape, however chemicals used in lawn and garden care are poisonous and can be harmful for your pets. Always read the labels for proper usage/storage and when your pet should be allowed to play on the lawn.
  • Window screens – check them to ensure they are safe so pets cannot escape or fall out accidentally.
  • Buckle your pet up for safety when travelling in the car.
  • THAWING PONDS; when walking your pet, keep an eye on ponds that may be starting to thaw. Keep them on a leash to be safe.   
  • Remember when planting your garden to check to see what plants may be toxic to your pets.
  • Keep in mind many of the household cleaners you will be using to do your spring cleaning can also be harmful to your pets.
  • Ticks…always check yourself and your pets for ticks. DARTNS also has tick keys available for sale through our online store or at our tabling events.

               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 Close


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

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 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.


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


Twitter: @DARTNSComms


Upcoming Events

Saturday, Apr 27 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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