Animal Welfare Appeal Board

Submit a Notice of Appeal to the Animal Welfare Appeal Board if you’ve had animals seized by the Department of Environment or the SPCA.

If you’ve had animals seized by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment or the SPCA, you can appeal to have them returned.

If you’re granted a hearing, we’ll contact you with the date, time and location.

You can bring a lawyer to the hearing to represent you. You (the appellant) and the other party (the respondent) will each have a chance to present your case and ask each other questions.

The Administrator will verbally give you the results of the hearing within 2 business days after the hearing. You’ll receive a written decision within 10 business days.


You can submit a notice of appeal if you’ve had animals seized by the Department of Environment or the SPCA. You must submit the form within 7 days of the seizure.

How long it takes

You should hear back within 5 business days with a decision about whether your appeal will be heard.


Cheque or money order, made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Before you start

You must include a copy of the animal seizure notice with your application.

How to apply

  1. Complete the Notice of Appeal Application Form (PDF).
  2. Submit the form and supporting documents to the Animal Welfare Appeal Board Administrator by mail, fax or email. You need to send your payment (cheque or money order) by mail.

Upcoming hearings

Candice Hemeon Vs The NSDA
Date: Thursday, 2 February 2023
Time: The hearing will start at 10:00am (Atlantic time)
Method: Hearing will be conducted via conference (telephone) call
Call-in details: Toll-free (Canada and United States): 1-855-453-6963 (conference ID: 5180704)

Related information


Administrator – Animal Welfare Appeal Board
Attention: Michael Kittilsen
c/o Department of Agriculture
74 Research Drive, Lorraine Bldg
Bible Hill, NS
B6L 2R2
Fax: 902-893-2757
Telephone: 902-956-2707