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. 

Join us in Halifax for a unique race on the trails of Long Lake Park.  You get the choice, one race or two. Participants can choose a single lap run of 3 km, or they can step up and take on the challenge of the two lap 6km race.
All proceeds from this race will be donated to the Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia (DART). You can check out their organization here: DART NS.

Visit the website for more information or e-mail Ian for more information at: All racers will start in the first 3km race (a two up start system will be used). You can then choose to take on the challenge of doing a second 3 km loop once the first race is finished. The champions of the double race format (based on combined time) will get a unique custom hat!

We offer a Discovery Class Run (2km out and back) as well for younger dogs, runners or people anyone that wants to try canicross with a shorter run.

MAHDS series points are on offer for all races. 

All dogs must be on leash and under control at all times during the event. All dogs must be wearing a properly fitted pulling harness, attached at the back with a bungee or handsfree leash/belt while running.  For all MAHDS competition rules please review this document: MAHDS RULES

Race Day: Check in from 7:30 to 8 am. Race briefing and last minute instructions 8 am. Race start is 8:15 am. 


On the average, six Atlantic hurricanes occur each year. Hurricane season in Nova Scotia is from June 1 until November 30.


Knowing this, the Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia would like to share some information about what steps you can take to prepare your family in the event a Hurricane strikes.


Emergency preparedness starts with you.


Make sure your family has an emergency kit with enough supplies to sustain your family and pets for at least 72 hours. If you are unsure of what should be in your kit, a good resource is to contact your Canadian Red Cross, or visit

Disaster Animal Response Team ( can provide you with an emergency planning checklist in case a disaster strikes, or you are forced to evacuate with your pets.

Find out what your community/municipality is doing to prepare for hurricanes.

In Hurricane Katrina, many lives, property and animals were lost due to several factors. The Disaster Animal Response Team, in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross can provide emergency animal sheltering in the event a disaster strikes.

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

               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, Feb 15 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday, Mar 21 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday, Apr 18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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