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The Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter is an independent shelter that proudly follows no-kill principles and believes all animals are deserving of a second chance and a loving home. Our shelter cares for and re-homes stray, neglected, sick, and surrendered dogs and cats in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. We are located at 798 Smith Road just outside Amherst

At the Shelter, we provide love and care, but we are not a replacement for the loving home that all companion animals deserve.



To promote the welfare for animals for the benefit of the public by:

  1. Rescuing stray, abandoned, abused, or surrendered dogs and cats; and

  2. Operating the dogs and cats adoption program.

To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above-mentioned charitable purposes


Our goal is to continue saving animals every year and encourage and support other shelters in a united mission. We want to continue raising awareness and providing programs to the public.


The Lillian Allbon Animal shelter is an independent shelter founded over 30 years ago by a group of concerned animal lovers and has gone from taking in a few stray cats to a full-fledged shelter that can house 12 dogs and 30 cats. The shelter has paid kennel keepers to provide consistent love and care for the animals as well as many volunteers that keep things running smoothly.


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The dogs we care for come primarily from animal control officers of the 3 Municipal Units of Cumberland County.


They are picked up as strays or from owners who surrender them for various reasons. 

For cats, many of them are simply deposited at the shelter, but some owners surrender them.

Stray dogs may be at the shelter temporarily (if they are reclaimed by the owner before the holding period has expired) or for longer periods. After the holding period ( Town of Amherst - 3 days, Municipality of Cumberland - 3 days, Town of Oxford - 2 days) dogs will be put up for adoption.

position statement
Training Methods:

The Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter supports humane training methods for dogs as suggested by the Nova Scotia SPCA and The Canadian Veterinary Association, In respect to e-collar training and prong/pinch collars, the L.A Animal Shelter does not and will not use these methods for training dogs in our care and instead follow guidelines set out by these organizations which favour positive/reward-based methods and will seek out trainers who follow this philosophy.

meet the board


President - Robynn Hatton
Vice-President - Karen Cormier
Treasurer - Monique Sullivan
Secretary - Nancy Pryce



Bonnie Graham 

Priscilla Shelley

Meagan Cormier

Joan Fillmore

Julian Robichaud

Nicole Burke 

Darlene Dryden

Karen Boulerice

Matt Casey

Ashley Creighton

Town of Amherst - Dale Fawthrop
Municipality of the County of Cumberland - Dale Porter

If you wish to speak to one of our board members, please contact the shelter for further information

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