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New Brunswick Animal Guide

A handy reference for pet owners and animal enthusiasts
in New Brunswick, Canada!
 
 
Quick downloads

2009 NBSPCA Resource Directory

NBSPCA Rover Kit

Department of Natural Resources Offices in New Brunswick

NS Veterinary Clinics

PEI Veterinary Clinics

Low Cost Pet Care

DIY No-Sew Dog Jacket Pattern

Pet friendly gardening

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Accommodation
Businesses which welcome pets at their establishments often display a symbol of a dog in a circle in their ads. Those who prefer you don't bring your dog inside use the same symbol, but with a line through it. In either case, it is best you check with the business you are hoping to visit before making plans.
 
Planning to visit friends and family in New Brunswick? Enjoy a stay at hotels and motels that welcome your pets as warmly as they do you through the Purrrfect Place to Paws program. An added bonus is your visit helps support the work of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Still more pet-friendly hotels and motels that welcome pets are listed here. and here.
 
New Brunswick pet owners looking to move to the US or Europe might wish to start their search for a pet-friendly property through the Pet Realty Network.
 
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Adopting a pet
Your next pet may be waiting for you at one of these NBSPCA-sanctioned shelters! When you are ready to welcome a new member to your family, you will find some wonderful furry friends at these venues. Refresh your browser when you visit these links to see the latest pets looking for their forever home:
 
 
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New Brunswick animal welfare community
 
Animal control officers are employed by communities to handle most domestic animal concerns such as strays and nuisance animals (non-stop barking, raiding your garbage, etc). You can contact your local officer through your local municipal office or by contacting the New Brunswick SPCA at (506) 458-8208. You will also find a list you can download at the top of this page.
 
Animal protection officers are employed by the New Brunswick SPCA to  ensure New Brunswick animals receive the care and protection they require.
Working with pet and livestock owners through education and the enforcement of the New Brunswick SPCA Act, they make sure domestic animals have the food, shelter and medical care they need.
The NBSPCA relies on private donations to carry out its work.
It does not operate an animal shelter.
 
Animal shelters provide temporary housing for abandoned and homeless cats, dogs and other domestic animals. Many offer education opportunities, as well as spay and neuter programs in partnership with local veterinarians. Due to the heavy demand on their services, they request you attempt to rehome an animal first before you contact the shelter.
 
When you spot wildlife in trouble, such as a deer or moose injured on the road, contact the Department of Natural Resources. Their employees are accustomed to working with wild animals. You will find their office phone numbers listed under the blue Province of New Brunswick pages of your telephone book. Wildlife zones are can be found here.
 
Veterinarians are animal medical professionals who offer valuable information and treatment for animal companions. They offer quality advice on topics ranging from nutrition and preventative care to the latest medical treatments.
New Brunswick      Nova Scotia      PEI      Nfld/Labrador    
 
If you suspect a domestic animal of being neglected or abused, you can call toll free 1-877-722-1522 for bilingual 24/7 service, the NBSPCA office (spca@nbnet.nb.ca; (506) 458-8208) or a member of the RCMP. Details such as the date and time, street address / location, type of neglect and witnesses are needed, and the information will be passed along to the proper official for investigation. Photographs are also a valuable asset. All reports are kept confidential.
 
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Dog licenses
Resident dogs are required to be licensed with their municipality by the start of the calendar year. Please check with your town or village office for details and license fees.
 
 
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Dog sports
Some of the fun ways to enjoy time with your dog.
 
Dog Agility  
 
Rally Obedience  Take those obedience sessions up a notch, with a fun new sport.
 
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DIY pet projects
 
Make your own cat harness (especially good for large cats)
 
 
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Emergencies
Call 911 in times of emergency.
 
 
   Should you suspect an animal of having rabies, contact 1-877-372-2437
 
 
 
 
 
   Have you lost your pet? Contact your local animal shelter and animal control officer as soon as possible for the best chance to be reunited quickly.
 
You may also post notices about your missing pet through:
 
Moncton
Pets Unleashed in Moncton Times-Transcript newspaper, call 859-4981
 
Saint John
Pet Detective  (Kings County)
Saint John Animal Rescue League web site
 
Canada Strays (free listing)
PetLynx (free listing)
 
Horses
 
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Furry Fourth campaign
Remember the Pet Chores on the Fours!
The New Brunswick SPCA urges you to make the fourth of each month your day for routine pet tasks. Booking that vet appointment, giving your pet his monthly medication, cleaning his gear, and giving him an extra thorough grooming are just some of the ways you can keep your pet healthy and safe!
 
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Importing horses
If you are importing a horse into New Brunswick or other Maritime province, please contact
Dr. Al Mclean, Atlantic Representative, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Import Officer, Animal Health, CFIA
P.O. Box 6088, 5th Floor, 1081 Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 8R2
Telephone: 506-851-7651
Facsimile: 506-851-3700
 
If you are taking your pet into the United States, you will need a certificate showing he or she has had a rabies vaccination at least 30 days before crossing the border.
 
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Litter
Litter is one of the largest challenges for wildlife and companion animals. Items discarded from vehicles or pedestrians, or left at illegal dumps, threaten the health and safety of wild creatures.
Fish and birds mistake cigarette butts for food, and can choke on them. Plastic bags and food wrappers are often found in the stomachs of marine wildlife. Broken glass, wire and rope can trap or injure wildlife that becomes trapped in it.
 
Be "the pick of the litter" by:
* Using a trash bag in your vehicle and disposing of the contents properly
* Cleaning up trash along roadways and public grounds and properly disposing of it.
* Report illegal dumps by calling 1-877-777-4218.
 
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Resources
 
Education
 
Equipment
 
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Maps
For NBSPCA-sanctioned animal shelters and veterinary clinics in New Brunswick, click here. A printable page of these services can be found here.
 
Fire departments in New Brunswick can be found here.
 
For public venues of interest to pet owners around New Brunswick, click here.
 
1350 Regent St, Fredericton   1-800-526-7070
Trail guides are available by clicking here.
* Most of the 1,100 km of New Brunswick Trails and Trans Canada Trail overseen by the council welcome dogs on leashes as well as horseback riders. You can obtain a trail guide here to learn more.
 
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Media
 
 
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Nuisance wildlife
Contact your local Department of Natural Resources or a Nuisance Wildlife Control Officer for information on how to remove problem wildlife.
 
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Pet food banks
The NBSPCA is establishing a network of Kibble pet food banks around the province. These venues provide emergency food to pet parents facing financial challenges. Pet owners may request one week's worth of pet food for their animal per month as supplies allow. Non-food items such as equipment will be available when possible.
 
Kibble Pet Food Banks are now established in Sussex, Hampton, Moncton, Woodstock, Arthurette and Oromocto.
 
Many thanks to the generous supporters of this new project!
 
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Pet surgery
As of the summer of 2009, New Brunswick veterinarians will not perform cosmetic surgery -- ear cropping, removing of dew claws, trimming tails -- on pets. The New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association voted to stop doing the procedures at their 2008 annual meeting. The declawing of cats will still be performed, however.
 
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Pet waste
In New Brunswick, after you have stooped and scooped, most dog waste, used kitty litter and other pet waste can be disposed of in your municipal compost container, or green bin. Please check with your municipality for details.
 
 
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Public venues
 
Dog
Cityview Dog Park, Fredericton
* Corner of Cityview Avenue and Main Street (Northside, near Westmorland Street bridge)
 
Centennial Park Dog Park, Moncton
* St. George Street
A fenced area open 24 hours, and offering benches, poop bags, parking and handicapped access. Separate areas for large and small dogs. Drinking water piped in.
 
CFB Gagetown
Two large baseball field areas are open for dogs to play there when the base gates are open. Benches are provided.
 
Fundy National Park
Dogs are permitted throughout the park. Pet owners are asked to keep their dogs on leash and to clean up after their animals.
 
Kouchibouguac National Park
Dogs are allowed in most, but not all, parts of the park. Pet owners are asked to keep their dogs on leash and to clean up after their animals.
 
Riverview Dog Park, Moncton
 
Saint John Bark Park, Saint John
* Hawthorne Avenue at Rockwood Park
A fenced area offering benches, poopbags and parking.
 
 
 
Horse
Fredericton Exhibition Grounds, Smythe Street, Fredericton
 
 
Zoos
Cherry Brook Zoo, Saint John
 
 
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Transportation
The SPCA Act states dogs being transported on a public road in a vehicle outside the passenger compartment must be in an anchored dog crate, restrained by a perscribed device, or contained by truck bed sides and tailgate of at least 46 inches (1.17 m) vertical height from the truck bed.
 
 
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When a pet passes away
The Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI, offers a Pet Loss Hotline for pet parents coming to terms with the illness and loss of a beloved pet.
You are invited to call 902-388-0752 between 6 pm and 9 pm, Sunday to Thursday, for emotional support during this difficult time. You may also email the hotline at pethelpine@upei.ca
 
 
 
* We are proud to work with the dedicated members of the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NBSPCA).
 
 

* Note: This listing is provided for your information only, and does not mean we endorse any of the businesses or venues mentioned.