Charlotte County SPCA, St. Stephen, New Brunswick



A great dog!

Longest current resident!

Check out this website before you make a decision. This site is designed by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and connects potential adopters with all the crucial information needed to make a smart, humane choice about getting a dog. The goal is to put the power to stop puppy mills in dog buyer's hands.

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Shelter Hours
The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 1 -5 PM. The shelter is closed weekends and holidays. Contact us by phone at 506-465-7657 or via email at (If you are a long distance phone call away, we can only get back to you by email - thanks). If you are interested in adopting a specific animal and cannot come in during our open hours, please get in touch and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Adopt a Special Needs Pet!

We often have a few special animals who are looking for a special home. They may be older, shy, they might need medicine or have mild medical issues. These pets are still happy and can have a lot of love to give in the right situation. All cats who fall under this category have a reduced adoption fee of only $50. To see all of our special needs pets click here. If you have a patient, loving refuge for one of these special animals, please contact us - we'd love to hear from you!

Animal cruelty laws need help!
Our current Federal animal cruelty laws are completely inadequate. Visit the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies website to find out some simple and easy ways you can help make Canada a safer place for animals!

Langmaid Animal Welfare Fund
We are grateful beneficiaries of The Dorothy and Kenneth Langmaid Animal Welfare Fund, which is administered by the Fundy Community Foundation. If you'd be interested in supporting animal welfare in New Brunswick for perpetuity, this Fund would be a good place to start. For more info click here.

Our Spay Neuter Assistance Program is available for those in financial need. We loan participants part of the cost of surgery, as a no interest loan. Please phone the shelter at 465-7657 or email for more information. It is so important to spay/neuter your cat or dog - there are too many unwanted animals.


This program is targeted at households with incomes $30,000 or under, for cats only. The cost of surgery is split into 3 equal payments, with the owner paying $79 for a female and $58 for a male, including tax and rabies vaccination. Please phone the shelter at 465-7657 or email for more information. It is so important to spay/neuter - there are too many unwanted animals.

See us on Facebook!
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Make a donation online!
Through the magic of of the internet you can now purchase tickets for any of our events, draws or other activities (or just make a donation!) online! Just click on the 'Donate Now' button below!

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Memorial Cards
If you would like to make a donation in memory of a friend or loved one, memorial cards can be picked up in St. Stephen at the shelter, Humphreys' Funeral Home and Mehan's Funeral Home. In St. Andrews memorial cards are available at Cummings Convenience Store. In St. George you can find them at the St. George Funeral Home. Thank you for thinking of us.

Provincial Dog Licences Available
Did you know that dogs outside town limits require a provincial dog licence? These can be picked up at the Charlotte County Animal Shelter for $15/year, $25 for 2 years or $35 for 3 years. Licences are required by law and are a good way to ensure that your dog will be returned to you should it ever get away.

Want to help?
Fundraising is an ongoing, very important part of running our shelter (especially as we do not receive any government funding). We have a great fundraising committee and they are always looking for new members and new ideas. Contact the shelter or check them out here!


Shelter wish list!
Another terrific gift idea? What about a donation in someone's name?

We can help!

Rabies in Charlotte County
Read about what the provincial government is doing to help combat rabies here!

Donate at the grocery store!
We now have donation bins at the Superstore in St. Stephen. We can always use canned food for both cats and dogs of any kind and if possible, since our animals are used to it, Whiskas or Iams brand of dry food is preferred. For their canned food daily treat, the cats prefer the pate version. Thank you!

Cat volunteers needed
We could really use help with the cats on FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY and MONDAY MORNINGS. It would be great if you and a friend (2 makes the job quicker and much more fun) would be able to offer a few of hours a week to help tend animals in need in Charlotte County. As a note, we have lowered our volunteer age to 16 years of age and would encourage responsible pairs and friends to volunteer- great experience for life, resumes and careers in animal care! If you would like to come on a weekday, there is still room for more hands, the more the merrier! Please call Sharon at 465-7657 to discuss where you could fit in.

Gift sponsorships!
If you cannot adopt at this time, won't you consider sponsoring a cat or kitten for only $15, or a dog for $20? What a great any-time gift idea! Sponsorship cards are available at the shelter. Call 465-7657 for more information.

Adoption News!
To see some of our recent adoptees check this out!

Now accepting LAPTOPS in addition to used cell phones!
The THINKGREEN program now includes laptops! In addition to used cell phones. These are sent in to be recycled in exchange for $$ for the CCSPCA. Money from this project will fund our programs of finding homes for the homeless animals of Charlotte County. So if you have any old cell phones or laptops, just drop them off at the shelter! Not only will you be helping us raise money, you'll be helping the environment as well! Items can be dropped off at the Charlotte County Animal Shelter at 112 Prince William Street in St. Stephen. Thank you!

Shelter Wish List!
We always need things like paper towel, dry cat, kitten, dog and puppy food, wet cat and kitten food (pate type please), non-clumping cat litter, garbage bags, bleach, HE laundry detergent, change rollers, doggy poop bags, thank you cards and Canadian Tire money. We appreciate it very much!

Donate your cans!
The Charlotte County SPCA has accounts at the Charlotte County Can and Bottle in the St. Stephen Redemption Center. When you drop off your cans and bottles just let them know that you would like your reimbursement to go toward the CCSPCA account. All funds raised will be used to care for the stray and abandoned pets at the shelter while they await adoption. Thank you for your support!

Youth volunteers
We really appreciate all the young people who are interested in helping at the animal shelter. Currently we are able to accept volunteers between 10 and 16 years of age, if they are accompanied by a parent at all times. There are many other ways younger people can help the animals as well - just click here!

Do you have room in your heart but not in your home?
If so, the CCSPCA Sponsor-a-Pet Program may be for you. Great for humane education in the classroom and for honouring special people in your lives. Download an application form here.

Thinking of breeding your dog?
Please know the law. Check out this website before you make a decision. NB Legislation requires you to purchase a breeders license and your property or kennels will be inspected by the NBSPCA. This is not just for registered CKC kennels, but you in your own home (backyard breeders) and mixed breeds are also included.

A full inspection of your premises is required to ensure that certain standards and conditions are met. If you are caught selling without a license, you will be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 per puppy. All those selling puppies on Kijiji or Facebook are required to post their kennel license number.

The choice to breed is not one to be taken lightly. And a reputable breeder will always have a clause saying that if the pet cannot be kept anymore, it must be returned to them. Reputable breeders understand that they are responsible for the lives they produce. A reputable breeder is there to support their clients and advise them on care and help troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Please think long and hard before breeding your pet. Lives do depend on it.

The Charlotte County SPCA is a small volunteer non-profit. We work hard to find homes for stray and homeless animals in our little corner of New Brunswick. We receive no government or other types of funding, and run solely on donations and fundraising we do ourselves. We are a registered charity with Revenue Canada, which means that all donations over $10 are tax deductible. Reg'd No.: 88180 2029 RR0001

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Please contact both Mike Shannon at 466-5031 and the NBSPCA at 1-877-722-1522. They are responsible for picking up dogs running at large in Charlotte County. Mike Shannon is also contracted by the town of St. Stephen to pick up unidentified cats. If you have lost a dog or cat, your first call should be to them. You should also contact vet clinics in our area (St. Stephen and St. George) - sometimes an animal can be injured and picked up by someone passing by and brought to a vet clinic further away than you would think your animal could travel. Feel free to contact us and/or check our Facebook Page here.

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Adopting a pet is a long term commitment. Dogs live 8-12 or more years while cats can live an average of 15-20 years. During the time you own a pet, you may change jobs, move, get married or divorced, or have children. Don't let one of these events cause you to abandon or give away a pet. Pets become extremely attached to their owners and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. Avoid hurting and causing undue stress to a helpless animal. Before you adopt, please seriously consider the long-term commitment involved.

Please contact us by email if you are a long distance phone call away.

During the adoption process, we will ask you questions about you, your family and your home and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Our adoption policy requires potential adopters to meet the animals in person, which means that all potential adopters must come to St. Stephen, NB. We do not ship animals anywhere. No animals will be held without an approved application form and adoption fee deposit paid. Adoption fees can be paid by cash, cheque or online (use the 'Donation' button below). Please be aware, there is a minimum 24 hour waiting period after applications are received and processed before dogs can go home. PLEASE NOTE: at any given time there may be multiple applications on our pets. Our mission is to ensure our pets go to the home we feel is best suited to their needs based on their history, health, behaviour and temperament.

Dogs -
If you would like, you can begin the adoption process by completing the following application form:

Once your application is received we can let you know if your application is approved prior to meeting the dogs. You are also welcome to come and meet the dogs without filling out the application form, but please be aware there may be adoptions pending on our animals at any time. Dogs are either spayed/neutered prior to going home or we will make arrangements at your convenience with our vet to have the dog fixed post adoption (included in adoption fee). If you are living outside this area, we will make arrangements with a vet closer to you. Please note if there is no vet in your area who honours the cost we are charged locally, you will be charged the balance.

Cats -
All cats and kittens are spayed/neutered before they leave the shelter. You may complete the above application form or fill it out at the shelter in person.

Cats/kittens have an adoption fee of $100 ($110 if paying with PayPal). This fee includes spay/neuter, their rabies shot (if they are old enough), their first set of annual shots, a microchip, deflea/deworm and a feline leukemia test for adult cats. This would cost $300-$400 at the average vet clinic. Dogs (over 6 months) are $160 ($175 if paying with PayPal), this also includes at a minimum the animal's spay/neuter and first shots and a microchip. Puppies (under 6 months) have an adoption fee of $200 ($220 if using Paypal). This would cost $400-$600 at the average vet clinic. Adopters may be responsible for their new animal's booster shots, if the animal has not been with us long enough to receive them. To pay by long distance through PayPal - please click on the 'Make a Donation' button directly below.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Shelter assistance, animal transport, dog walking, fundraising, education, and others. Please call or email for more information.

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We are small, volunteer based group. We receive no government or other types of funding, and run solely on donations and fundraising we do ourselves. The cost of food and medical care for our rescued pets is high so we truly depend on the kindness and generosity of people like you.

To make a donation, please mail a cheque or money order to the address below.

Charlotte County SPCA
PO Box 334
St. Stephen, NB
E3L 2X2 Canada

Or, to make a secure donation online via credit card, click on the button below.

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All donations over $10.00 are tax-deductible.

We are also always in need of the following items: cat litter (non clumping), wet canned (pate type) cat, kitten, dog and puppy food (no 'No Name' brand please), paper towels, garbage bags, bleach, HE laundry detergent, change rollers, thank you cards and Canadian Tire money. Call or email us if you can help. Thank you!

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The animal shelter at 112 Prince William St. in St. Stephen opened on October 4th, 2008. Hours are 1-5 PM on Monday through Friday. The shelter is closed weekends and holidays. Please call 506-465-7657 for more info! [If you are a long distance phone call away, please email for more info.] If you are interested in adopting a specific animal and cannot come in during our open hours, please get in touch and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

We are the Charlotte County SPCA or CCSPCA and we run the Charlotte County Animal Shelter. Our mandate is to find good homes for stray and homeless pets in Charlotte County, as we are able. There is an organization that deals with cruelty, neglect and abuse of animals in New Brunswick and that is the NBSPCA. Their phone number is 1-877-722-1522.
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Dog Constable
Mike Shannon is the Animal Control Officer within St. Stephen town limits. He also serves St. Andrews and St. George. His number is 466-5031. For issues relating to animals outside of the town limits of St. Stephen, St. Andrews and St. George please contact the provincial NBSPCA at 1-877-722-1522.
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Provincial dog licence
You can pick up your provincial dog licence at the Charlotte County Animal Shelter, for all dogs living in rural areas. Check with your town hall office to see if you should get a town licence instead. Starting in 2011 the cost per dog is $15/year.
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Ca-r-ma (Cat Rescue Martimes) is a group who help neuter feral or wild cats. There is a Charlotte County chapter. Visit their website here!

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Rabies Info
Over the past 13 years there have been cases of rabies in wild animals in Charlotte County. If you have any questions or concerns about rabies in wild or domestic animals, please contact NB Tele-Care at 811.

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