1245 East 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1R1
CEO: Craig Daniell
Board President: Melissa Barcellos

Website: www.spca.bc.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11881 9036 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #269

Avg. Compensation $57,433

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 3
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About BC SPCA:

Founded in 1895, British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) protects and improves the quality of life for domestic, farm, and wild animals across the province. The charity’s programs protect five essential freedoms for animals: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from pain, injury and disease; freedom from distress; freedom from discomfort; and freedom to express behaviors that promote well-being. Based on 2017 program spending, BC SPCA runs 4 core programs: sheltering, kennelling and bylaws; hospital and clinic; vet, spay and neuter; and cruelty investigations. In 2017, BC SPCA helped 48,946 animals. Based on total operating costs for the year, the charity spent $722 per animal helped.

Most of BC SPCA’s spending is on sheltering and kennelling programs. Sheltering, kennelling, and bylaws spending made up 50% of total program costs in 2017. The charity sheltered 22,659 animals in 2017 and has registered 62,497 animals in the province’s Pet Registry since April 2015. In its Drive for Lives program in 2017, BC SPCA moved 4,879 animals from overpopulated shelters to less crowded shelters.

Hospitals and clinics made up 17% of total program costs in 2017. BC SPCA reports running 5 hospitals and clinics for animal care in 2017, helping 3,066 injured and orphaned wild animals.

Cruelty investigations made up 13% of total program costs in 2017. BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the only charity in British Columbia formed under the British Columbia Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. With this, the society has three major capabilities: the ability to enforce laws related to animal cruelty; the ability to prepare cases for the prosecution of people who inflict suffering on animals; and the ability to investigate complaints of abuse towards animals. BC SPCA’s cruelty investigations program received 13,672 calls reporting animal cruelty, conducted 9,334 new cruelty investigations in 2017, and executed 121 warrants.  

Veterinary, spay, and neuter programming made up 11% of program costs in 2017. The charity spayed and neutered 16,353 animals in 2017 to help reduce pet overpopulation in BC.

Results and Impact: BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found new homes for 15,401 animals, representing 70% of the animals it sheltered in 2017. The charity also reported reuniting 3,861 lost animals with their families during the year. In its cruelty investigations program in 2017, the charity removed 1,376 animals from dangerous or neglectful situations, down from 1,515 removals in 2016. BC SPCA submitted 89 charges of animal cruelty and neglect to Crown council in 2017, up from 26 submissions in 2016.

Financial Review:

BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a Major 100 charity with $37.0m in donations in 2017, up from $26.4m in 2016. Fees for service revenue of $10.6m in 2017 comes from kennelling and bylaw enforcement services as well as sheltering, medical, and clinical services. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. For every dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

BC SPCA held funding reserves of $46.6m in 2017, of which $1.6m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 1.7 years of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to BC SPCA for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 13, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.0%8.6%6.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.0%15.4%11.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 172.1%137.7%148.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 36,97726,37235,376
Government funding 000
Fees for service 10,6129,3198,260
Lotteries (net) 787815729
Investment income 1,3811,597409
Total revenues 49,75738,10344,774
Program costs 27,07325,22923,431
Administrative costs 3,3813,1412,913
Fundraising costs 4,4314,0603,896
Other costs 455360357
Cash flow from operations 14,4175,31314,177
Funding reserves 46,59834,73834,778
Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci backed out deferred contributions recognized as revenue from donations and reported deferred contributions received during the year in donations, increasing revenues by $11.9m in 2017, $3.2m in 2016, and $11.8m in 2015. Ci reported endowment contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $92k in 2016 and $25k in 2015. Non-cash gains and losses on disposal of property, buildings and equipment and intangible assets have not been included in Ci revenue analysis, affecting total revenue by ($1k) in 2017, $3k in 2016, and ($20k) in 2015.

Comments added by the Charity:

The BC SPCA has a broad animal welfare mandate. We help animals in direct need through province-wide cruelty investigations and by sheltering and rehoming abandoned, unwanted, neglected and injured animals – dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and more. We are also proactive in advocating for improved laws and codes of practice for farm animals, companion animals, animals used in research and wildlife.

The Society operates a provincial animal cruelty and injured wildlife call centre which handles thousands of calls each year. We also run five veterinary clinics focused on spay/neuter and helping those animal guardians most in need. We rescue and treat injured and orphaned wildlife through Wild ARC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre near Victoria. We also operate SPCA Certified, a unique program that inspects and certifies farms that meet high welfare standards (beef, chicken, eggs, pork, lamb and turkey).

Through our Drive for Lives transfer program, the BC SPCA utilizes its 36 shelter locations to move animals to locations where cats, dogs and small animals have the best possible chance for adoption. At the same time the SPCA invests proactively in community spay/neuter programs as well as lobbying for improved municipal bylaws which address the root causes of pet overpopulation.

To prevent cruelty to animals, the BC SPCA invests in youth education programs including a provincial Kids Club, school presentations, teacher curriculum units, youth summer camps and workshops, as well as behaviour and animal care information for the general public.

The BC SPCA is almost entirely funded by private donations. The BC SPCA does not receive operational funding from the B.C. government but did receive a $5m capital grant in FY2015 and $5 million in FY2017 to fund replacement of aging facilities.  Federal government support is limited to employment grants.

The BC SPCA is one of 237 Canadian charities, and the first animal welfare organization, accredited by Imagine Canada for demonstrated excellence in financial accountability and transparency, board governance, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. We encourage supporters to discover more about the BC SPCA’s work by visiting spca.bc.ca and to sign up for our e-newsletters – Anim@ls, FarmSense, WildSense, e-Teacher and e-Kids – to learn more about the national, provincial and community-based work of the BC SPCA.

Thank you for supporting the BC SPCA!

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