Toronto Humane Society

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

Charitable Reg. #:11925 9513 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 77 cents are available for programs.

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About Toronto Humane Society:

Founded in 1886, Toronto Humane Society (THS) works to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. THS runs two main programs: Animal Care & Shelter Services and a Spay/Neuter Clinic. It also runs Education & Advocacy programs and subsidizes veterinary costs for low-income pet owners. In F2018, THS reports improving the lives of over 15,000 animals (17,000 in 2017).

In 2018, Animal Care & Shelter Services made up 83% of Toronto Humane Society’s total program spending ($9.8m). THS reports that over 1,500 animals were brought into its care through its Rescue Transport Program. Over 1,400 palliative, special needs, and juvenile animals spent time in foster care. Nearly 1,200 pets were placed with foster parents while awaiting adoption.

In 2018, the Spay/Neuter Clinic made up 11% of Toronto Humane Society’s total program spending ($1.3m). THS reports that it spayed or neutered more than 5,500 animals in 2018 (4,910 in 2017).

Toronto Humane Society’s Public Education program made up 4% of total program spending ($431k) in 2018. THS’s Humane Education Program helps prepare children for the responsible handling of pets, and over 7,000 children have participated in the program since its inception in 2016.

The remaining 2% of program costs went towards providing subsidized veterinary care for those in need ($198k). 

NOTE: Information from Toronto Humane Society’s F2019 annual report is based on F2018 data, but the following financial analysis is based on THS’s F2019 audited financial statements.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, over 3,100 animals were adopted from Toronto Humane Society’s shelter.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Toronto Humane Society’s results and impact.

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Toronto Humane Society is a ­­­­Large charity with total donations of $8.2m in F2019. THS also earned adoption fees and clinic income of $2.4m, comprising 21% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. For every dollar donated, 77 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Toronto Humane Society’s net funding reserves of $6.0m include $370k of donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, THS can cover roughly six months of annual program costs. This indicates a need for funding.

­­Toronto Humane Society paid external fundraisers $101k in 2018 to raise $142k. This produces an external fundraising cost of 71 cents per dollar raised.

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

Updated on August 25, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.7%9.6%7.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.3%9.6%7.5%
Total overhead spending 23.0%19.1%14.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 51.4%84.6%96.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,2089,41412,402
Goods in kind 27597183
Fees for service 2,4081,7992,020
Investment income 694(37)212
Total revenues 11,58611,27314,817
Program costs 11,0759,6148,907
Donated goods exp 27597183
Administrative costs 1,1671,0811,049
Fundraising costs 1,006902927
Total spending 13,52411,69311,067
Cash flow from operations (1,938)(421)3,750
Capital spending 536573679
Funding reserves 6,0488,4858,945

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred capital contributions, decreasing revenues by $179k in F2019, $41k in F2018, and $156k in F2017. Ci reported donated goods in kind separately and removed it from donations, decreasing donations by $275k in F2019, $97k in F2018, and $183k in F2017. Ci presented investment income net of expenses & unrealized losses, decreasing revenues and expenses by $50k in F2019, $412k in F2018, and $47k in F2017. Ci removed amortization of capital assets from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 156

Avg. Compensation: $42,218

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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