Homeward Bound City Pound

201 Brownlow Avenue
Unit 9
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2

Our Mission

We are a professional staff committed to providing excellent care through teamwork and continuing education for every customer, every pet, every time. HBCP is contracted by Halifax Regional Municipality to provide shelter for dogs that are in violation of the HRM by-law A-700 and critically injured cats that have been picked up by Animal Services.

Along with providing a safe environment, our dedicated staff offer tender loving care and have the animals treated by a veterinarian as needed. Animals that are not claimed within 72 business hours are assessed for adoption to determine which type of home environment would be most suitable for them.

Homeward Bound City Pound is proud to be a no-kill facility.

By definition, a no-kill animal shelter is one that refrains from using euthanasia to control its adoptable pet population.

Adoption Policy

In order to adopt a pet you will need to fill out an adoption application.

The adoption process:
Visit Homeward Bound City Pound during our animal viewing hours and see if we have a pet available that you may be interested in. After you find a suitable pet you will be required to fill out an application- you can do this online at our website, or in person at the shelter.

We do ask that potential applicants come to meet the animal first before submitting an adoption application.

We will interview you when you are at our facility to determine if you will be able to accommodate the needs of the pet you have selected.

We will contact your personal references, and as applicable, your current and past veterinarian references, as well as your landlord if you are renting, to ensure that animals are permitted in the building.

Once the application is processed, every member of the household, including dogs, are required to come meet the potential new addition at the shelter.

Once it is determined that the animal in question is a good match for your household and that you have been chosen as the adopter, we will arrange a date for the time of adoption. We do not do same-day adoptions- a minimum 24 hour hold period is required.

For those dogs that may require mandatory obedience training, you will be requested to bring proof of registration in obedience classes prior to adoption. Our staff will give you a list of experienced dog trainers which you may use to contact a trainer of your preference.

Please understand that this entire process may take several days.

*PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting adoption applications for pre-approval.

If you do not see an animal that interests you during a visit to our facility, please come back as often as you wish during our viewing hours, or check our website for updates on which pets are available. You can also follow Homeward Bound City Pound on social media.

Adoption Fees:

DOG (covers spay/neuter, vaccinations up to date, defleaing & de-worming up to date, and microchip):
$200 + HST + applicable HRM license

CAT (covers spay/neuter, vaccinations up to date, defleaing & de-worming up to date, and microchip):
$150 + HST

RABBIT (covers spay/neuter, defleaing up to date, and microchip):
$40 + HST

For all other critters, please inquire.

  • day hours
    Monday 2pm-6pm
    Tuesday 2pm-6pm
    Wednesday 2pm-6pm
    Thursday 2pm-6pm
    Friday 2pm-6pm
    Saturday 12pm-3pm
    Sunday 12pm-3pm

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