Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your shelter located?
Litters 'n Critters Animal Rescue operates out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with volunteers across the province. However, we do not have a physical shelter, all the pets we take into rescue are placed in private homes (foster homes) until they are adopted.

What are your hours of operation?
Our rescue is 100% volunteer-based, so while we try to get back to you as quickly as possible, we do not have specific "operating hours" and we ask for your patience. Generally we aim to respond to all emails within 72 hours, but that isn't always possible.

What is the contact number of your shelter?
The best way to reach us is always by email - - as we are volunteer-based and don't ask our volunteers to provide their contact information to the general public.

Can we come and visit the pets in your shelter?
Unfortunately no- we do not have a shelter location, so all our dogs are placed in foster homes until they are adopted. In an effort to minimize disruption for our fosters, and to avoid disappointment (in case you fall in love!) we ask that you fill out an adoption application if you would like to meet a dog. Once your application is approved we can arrange a meeting.

Do you have paid staff?
No! We are a 100% volunteer rescue and none of our volunteers are paid. All donations that we receive are used strictly for the animals.

Why do we have to fill out an adoption application to adopt a dog? 
Our adoption application is only the first step to adopting from our rescue. We you to complete our the application because it gives us information about you, your past/present pets, gives us permission to speak with your vet(s), and tells us what type of environment you are offering a dog.

How long does it take to process an application?
It depends on how many applications we have received and our availability to process them. We ask that people please give us a minimum of three business days to process applications. If you have forgotten to give your vet permission to speak with us that can slow things down considerably, so please make sure you advise them we will be calling!

Why do you have to speak with our vet?
Understanding how you care for your current or past pets is an important part of evaluating your adoption application. Vet records will help tell us whether or not your pet(s) are altered, vaccinated and if they have received veterinary care when needed.

Why do I have to sign an adoption contract in order to adopt a dog?
Our adoption contract is to protect both you and the dog you are applying to adopt. It lays out specific requirements for the dog you are about to adopt and is a binding contract between you and our rescue.

Why is there a cost associated with adopting a dog from your rescue?
Our adoption fees go towards covering some of the cost of caring for an animal in foster care (such as food,  and providing necessary vet care. Adoption fees do not cover the full cost of rehoming a dog, but they do make it possible for us to continue!

Where do your pets come from?
Most of the dogs you see being rehomed through Litters 'n Critters are from private homes across Nova Scotia. We also work with other shelters in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Quebec to provide homes for dogs who can't otherwise find them in their local areas.

Please Consider Donating to Litters 'n Critters

Litters 'n Critters relies on the donations of animal lovers to operate. We do not receive grants or government funding so our only means of raising money is through fundraising and private donations. All money raised goes directly to help the dogs in our care.