There are many special ways in which you can support the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS). Either by making a life-saving donation to help save the life if an animal in distress or becoming an official volunteer with MARS.


MARS is a non-profit, charitable organization that relies on the generous donations of our supporters to help us cover the costs of providing care to stranded marine animals. We receive funding through government, grants and private donations; however, funding received from individuals is a critical part of our budget and are tax deductible!

If you are interested in making a donation:

Mail us at:

Marine Animal Response Society
c/o NS Museum
1747 Summer Street
Halifax, NS
B3H 3A6
Phone us at:

Donate using Paypal:


The strength of the MARS lies in its volunteers and people reporting strandings along Nova Scotia’s thousands of kilometers of shoreline. We are pleased that so many people are eager to donate their time to our organization. MARS responds to stranded animals in Nova Scotia and is working with other organizations to develop a network which will respond to all incidents in the Maritime Provinces. In order to cover this much coastline, trained volunteers are critical. Volunteering for a stranding network can be a rewarding experience.

There are many aspects of the organization in which a volunteer can become involved:

  1. First response (e.g. site visit, confirm incident, take photos etc.)
  2. Sample collection (e.g. dead animals)
  3. Live animal incidents (e.g. first aid and secondary procedures)
  4. Public outreach (e.g. educational material development, webpage etc.)

Please note, we do not currently have volunteer positions that are full or part time in nature.

If you would like to volunteer, please email us at For those interested in responding to stranding incidents, please provide the following information:

  1. Phone number
  2. Town or city you live in
  3. If you have a vehicle
  4. How far you would be willing to drive to a stranding incident
  5. What days or times you would generally be available
  6. Any experience and/or ntraining that may be relevant to stranding incidents

Please note, stranding incidents are sporadic. As a result, volunteers may not be called for some time.

Volunteer response will, initially, be limited to investigating an incident and reporting back to us. Refloating or handling stranded marine animals by inexperienced individuals may be dangerous to both the animal and the people involved. Only trained individuals should handle and refloat cetaceans.

Training sessions on marine mammal response techniques may be offered.