Jake is a mid sized adult male Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) who is available for adoption from the Animal Rescue Coaltions.   Jake is house trained, neutered and up to date on his vaccinations.    For more information about adopting this great guy, please CLICK HERE


Jake- the jack of all trades here!

I came to ARC because my family realized they did not have the time that I needed and made the difficult decision to find me a new home. Because of all the time I sat around I did put on a few pounds. Well, ok, more than a few but with the help of good ole exercise and a job I am losing weight nicely.

I thought I had a forever home but it didn’t work out. I am a red heeler so I am extremely energetic, intelligent, and therefore need a very active family who has a job for me to do and who will know how to keep me mentally and physically stimulated. I will need to keep my manners in check as well.

I need to go to a home that has breed experience and will agree to keep things for me to do. If I think I can tell you what to do, I’m going to do it because I know how smart I am. And that includes tricking you into slacking on my exercise regime. I need to keep my weight loss success and keep it off for the rest of my days so they will be happy days.

I am neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and ready to go to the perfect forever home without young children (I am a hard working dog, no time for kids). I will know it when I see it, so please don’t be offended if I don’t choose you. I am just going to have to be very choosey to ensure everyone is happy and we can keep up with one another.

Well I think I have talked enough but if we are a match I can promise you that I will be your best friend for the rest of my days and show you the kind of love, affection, and devotion you never thought possible. I hope to see you soon. Xo Jake

p.s. Aren’t my pictures incredible? So many Thanks to Jody Obrien Digital!

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Milton is a large adult male Shepherd & American Staffordshire Terrier Mix who is available for adoption from Homeward Bound City Pound.   Milton is house trained, neutered, up to date on his vaccinations and would prefer a home without young children or cats.   For more information about adopting this fun loving fellow, please CLICK HERE

Milton is a young Amstaff mix who is in need of a new home!

This handsome boy has a TON of energy, and he’d love to burn it all off with you! He would make an excellent hiking buddy, but first he will need to touch up with his obedience training.

Milton can be a bit jumpy, and mouthy so we are recommending no children under the age of 12. He’s got a great personality, but needs a firm hand to tell him the right thing to do! Milton has met other dogs here at the Pound, and has done nicely however he is a big bundle of energy so if he has a doggy friend, he or she will need to be submissive. No cats for Milton!





Nova is a large adult femaile American Bulldog who is available for adoption from the Nova Scotia SPCA Provincial Animal Shelter.    Nova is spayed, up to date on her vaccinations and would prefer to the be only dog in a home without young children.   For more information about adopting this lovable dog, please CLICK HERE

Nova is hoping to find an adult only home as she can be timid of new people and loud noises. Once you have built a trust foundation with her she is very sweet and friendly and loves to be patted. Nova would prefer to be the only dog in the home.




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Minnie is a 7 year old beagle. Minnie is a big girl who is conscious of her waistline and is working hard towards finding her girlish figure. She would love to be in a home where her family supports her goal for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

Minnie gets along with other dogs as long as they are not initially overzealous with a meet and great. Regardless of her size she wants to be a lap dog doling out kisses.

Likely because of her obesity, Minnie is sensitive about having her hind end touched and being picked up. For this reason we recommend a home without children. If you are looking for a love bug, Millie is your girl!

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Spencer is a baby domestic short haired marmalade mix who is available for adoption from Healing Animal SCARS.    Spencer is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his vaccinations.    For more information about adopting this adorable little fellow, please CLICK HERE

Spencer is a handsome little boy who would fit into any home. He purrs instantly on contact, and is very snuggly.

Spencer loves to play, and his favourite games include chasing a feather wand and wrestling with other kittens. He was raised by a foster family after he was rescued at 3 weeks of age, so he has become very well socialized with humans.

He likes other cats and got along great with the large dog in his foster family. Spencer would like to find a family that will have lots of time to play with him. Our preference is to find him a home that has another pet to keep him company.





Buffy is a small female adult domestic medium haired cat who is available for adoption from Homeward Bound City Pound.    Buffy is house trained, spayed and up to date on her vaccinations.   For more information about adopting this sweet petite pussycat, please CLICK HERE

Hello, my name is Buffy! I am a beautiful cat looking for a loving home. I can be a little shy at first but once I get to know you

I love attention. I was very nervous when I first arrived at the shelter so I would like a quiet home where I can relax. It may take me a little while to come out and be social, but with little love and patience I will be a wonderful companion!


Ace and Queen



Ace and Queen are small adult Chihauhau mixes who have spent their whole lives together and are now available for adoption from The Animal Rescue Coalitions.   They are house trained, spayed / neutered and up to date on their vaccinations     If there is room in your home and your heart for both these adorable little dogs, please CLICK HERE.

Introducing “Ace” and “Queen” two sweet long haired Chihuahuas! This adorable half sister/brother team have now completed their assessment period and are ready for their forever home.

We simply cannot imagine a sweeter natured pair of dogs. Just 6 years old, these two have been together since day one so we are looking for a home for them that appreciates the fact that “two is better then one”.

Queen and Ace are pee pad trained and also enjoy to potty outside. They are 8 and 9 pounds respectively and enjoy their food to the fullest. Ace loves to go for walks, Queen enjoys the doggy stroller.

Both are highly social with everyone they meet. This may be difficult to believe but both Ace and Queen are very quiet, yes we said they are little dogs who are quiet. They love to sleep with you but also don’t mind their crate.

Both have been fully vetted and have been given a clean bill of health. Queen was born with one of her back paws missing 3 toes and two pads. This does not effect her ability to run/walk and play but because of this she does have a distinctive walk. It just makes her more adorable, which we don’t see how that is even possible.

Queen and Ace are looking for a quiet relaxed forever home. Though good with children, we feel it best that they retire to a home without them.

As well, there should be no cats, Ace will chase them when he has the opportunity. If you are seeking two adorable sweet natured fur babies to have and to hold from this day forward, look no further. Ace and Queen may be the fit for you.

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Jade is a large adult female German Shepherd Mix who is available for adoption from the Lillian Albon Animal Shelter in Amherst.   Jade is house trained, spayed and up to date on her vaccinations.    For more information about adopting this lovely dog, please CLICK HERE

My name is Jade German Shepherd Mix Spayed Female DOB- Nov 3/10 I am a very friendly girl who has been good with other large dogs so far, and great with kids. I have a bit of a high pray drive, and will chase animals that come onto my property, and because of this i may be better off in a home with out small dogs, or cats. I have an eye problem where my right eye cannot produce tears, and may be blind in my right eye. I require drops in the morning and at night.
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How to Find a Reputable and Responsible Rescue


Webmaster note:   I wrote this post last spring for my personal blog, and still think that its the best summary I have done to help potential adopters find a reputable rescue.

It is no secret that I love to garden! What is not to love? It is a creative hobby that adds beauty to my yard! I get lots of fresh air and exercise doing something that I love! Best of all of course is that in my own small way, I have been creating a friendly environment for the local birds, wildlife and even the bees!

So one would imagine that I am out and about skulking the seasonal garden center sales, eh? Actually not! Why? Well THAT answer is simple! Setting aside the simple fact that there is no way to tell where those plants come from and what chemicals have been used on them …. experience has taught me shop local!

Why? Our local nurseries generally only sell stock that will actually thrive in our particular climate! More importantly, their employees bring a wealth of hands on experience to the advice they can offer! Really , it is almost frosting on the cake that shopping local is just good for the community!

This is also a popular time of year to get a pet! All that nice weather makes folks more fond of the idea of dog walking! Of puppy training!

Happily pet adoption is becoming a more popular choice! Of course the flip side of that is that there will always be some folks eager to capitalize on any trend!

So how is a first time pet adopter to choose? The same way they would choose anything else … by doing their homework! How can they do that?

1. Ask , ask , ask ! Ask the local vet clinics who they would recommend! Ask friends and neighbours and coworkers! And last but definitely not least, ask the positive dog trainers for recommendations!

2. Be social network savvy! It is the rare group that does not have an open Facebook page these days! There should be a LOT of valuable information there …. including available adoptables, upcoming events where folks can meet them and successful happy tails. It should also provide a sense of how the group ‘does business’ ! If pets with unknown histories are coming in and out the door without being assessed, folks should run .. not walk to the next rescue on the short list!

3, Do a little digging! Anyone living in Nova Scotia can search the Joint Stock Registries to find out about non-profit and profit groups. Bear in mind that will only tell you if the group is registered and that the only screening done for this process is that the paperwork is in order! Folks can also check the CRA database for charities which are CRA registered. It is important to note that obtaining CRA status is a long process and that new groups should not be discounted because they do not have it.

But, here in the real world ….. most people fall in love with the pet first! Something about the cute face … or the quirky ears … or the adorable underbite … moves their heart to say ‘this is the one for us’!

Still, there are some questions that should be asked of the rescue or shelter before jumping in head first!

  • Will the rescue guarantee that they will definitely take this pet back into care if the adoption is NOT a success? This is such a critical one that I have actually stopped listing any rescues that will not immediately take any of their adoptables back on the homeless pet site! Why? Because here in the real world, no matter how carefully one screens, adopters may not be as confident and experienced as the foster moms and shelter workers were! The adopter’s cats may not be as dog savvy as the foster’s were! For any one of a myriad of reasons that have nothing to do with the pet or the person, sometimes things are just not a good fit! At the end of the day, refusing to take a pet back right away risks both the life of the pet and the reputation of all rescues, eh?
  • What training methods are used by the rescue? If there is any evidence of shock collar training … run do not walk to the next rescue on your list! Negative reinforcement inspires fear based behaviour that can pose a risk for family, neighbours and other pets!
  • Is there an evaluation period? How do they assess pets? While there are occasions where owned and well cared for pets can move smoothly from their old life to their new home, that is the exception rather than the rule! The assessment period also protects adopters by providing the time needed to properly medically assess the pet so there are no Unhappy surprises waiting for the adopter!
  • Is there an application form? Will one have to provide references AND a vet reference? Will there be a home visit before the adoption? Is support available after? If not .. run do not walk to the next rescue on your list!

Things not to worry about …..

  • there was a time when every rescue had a Petfinder account! These days, many rescues are finding that their Facebook pages yield better results … without the recurring technical glitches that Petfinder has been experiencing since it was sold to Purina last year.
  • CRA status only matters if you need tax receipts for any donations. Please remember that adoption fees are not normally considered donations and as such would not be tax-deductible.
  • Any thirteen year old can build a fancy website! Web sites are only important if they are full of useful information that includes many Happy Tails, adoption and surrender applications, adoption and surrender fees. etc … Be very leery of any website that is long on asking donations and short on specifics!

And don’t be offended if …. you did not get approved for this pet! There is a reason reputable rescues screen properly, eh? This way the adorable ‘opera singer’ with separation anxiety does not wind up briefly living in an apartment! Couch potatoes need to be paired up, eh? The bottom line is that experienced rescues know that any relationship takes work … but they still needs some common ground to start with!

What time is it? It is always time to applaud the folks who want to adopt a pet! But it is always, always time for adopters to do a little homework, so they can really put their heart into adopting a pet!

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Oprah Winfrey