Toronto Humane Society

11 River Street
Toronto, ON M5A 4C2
CEO: Dr. Jacques Messier
Board Chair: David Bronskill

Charitable Reg. #: 11925 9513 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

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

Full-time staff #105

Avg. Compensation $46,161

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 7
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About Toronto Humane Society:

Founded in 1887, Toronto Humane Society (THS) is an animal welfare charity that works to protect and care for animals. THS runs two core programs: animal care and shelter services, and spay and neuter clinic services. THS also runs an education and advocacy program, which accounted for 3% of program costs in F2015. By educating the community and advocating for animal rights, THS believes that its actions help reduce pet overpopulation, improve animal health and prevent animal cruelty.

Toronto Humane Society’s shelter and animal care services made up 86% of program costs in F2015. THS runs a no-kill shelter in downtown Toronto, meaning that the charity does not euthanize animals due to limited space or prolonged length of stay. In its 2015 annual newsletter, THS reports that its euthanasia rate is 5%, a 2% decrease from 2014. The THS shelter took in 4,252 animals during the year – 43% were transfers from other rescues, shelters and animal service organizations. Animal intake increased by 8.6% compared to 2014. The shelter’s adoption services found forever homes for 3,477 animals in 2015 and 234 pets were returned to their owners. THS reports that in 2015, the average length of stay per animal taken in decreased by over 60%, indicating that adoption and animal return rates are improving.

Toronto Humane Society’s spay and neuter clinic services made up 10% of program costs in F2015. THS runs one clinic in Toronto. On top of serving animals in Toronto, the THS clinic also serves animals in Durham through a transportation service run in partnership with the Humane Society of Durham Region. Toronto Humane Society’s website reports that the clinic has performed 1,591 spay/neuter procedures to date this year (January to July 2016). THS recently added a second surgical suite in its clinic to increase its capacity. As a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, THS also runs a Trap Neuter Return program that spays/neuters feral cats in an attempt to reduce feral cat overpopulation in the city.

Financial Review:

Toronto Humane Society is a big-cap charity with total donations of $9.3m in F2015. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. $0.20 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Toronto Humane Society holds funding reserves of $4.1m, net of $166k in long-term debt related to an equipment loan. Included in funding reserves are endowed funds of $370k, held to generate interest income. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover only 47% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Toronto Humane Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 4, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.1%9.8%10.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.2%11.4%17.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 51.2%57.7%41.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,2699,4368,910
Fees for service 1,5651,216839
Investment income 81250223
Total revenues 10,91510,9039,972
Program costs 7,9327,1056,164
Administrative costs 1,0891,038982
Fundraising costs 9481,0731,517
Other costs 342928
Cash flow from operations 9121,6581,281
Funding reserves 4,0574,0982,536
Note: Ci adjusted for changes in deferred capital contributions, affecting donations by ($57k) in F2015, ($79k) in F2014 and $0 in F2013. Ci recognized unrealized losses of $64k in F2015 in investment income, lowering both investment income and total expenses respectively. Ci backed out amortization of capital assets from program, administrative and fundraising costs based on % of total expenses.

Comments added by the Charity:

The comments below are from a previous profile. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

Charity Intelligence adds: THS has a strategic goal to grow alternative placements, for example, moving animals to barns. In September 2014, two unknown sources reported to Charity Intelligence about THS moving 20 or more cats to "barn facilities" near Bolton, Ontario. Releasing these cats, some with reported health issues and/or no outside experience, into feral conditions is upsetting to people who care about animals. The OSPCS has investigated and found no evidence that the cats released in these "barn" programs were not previously feral, contrary to the opinion of volunteers who cared for these cats in the shelters. Charity Intelligence's high star rating of THS is based on publically-disclosed information and does not reflect a comprehensive investigation of THS operations, practices, or the outcomes of animals in THS's care.

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