Toronto Humane Society
Toronto, ON M5A 4C2
CEO: Dr. Jacques Messier
Board Chair: David Bronskill
Charitable Reg. #: 11925 9513 RR0001
Grade: A-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #120
Avg. Compensation $42,930
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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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 & shelter services, and spay & neuter clinic services. The Society does not conduct cruelty investigations and notes that people should report such concerns to the Ontario SPCA.
Shelter & animal care services made up 83% of THS' program costs in F2016. 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 most recent 2015 annual report, THS states that its euthanasia rate is 5%, a 2% decrease from 2014. 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.
2016 update: Year-to-date statistics reported on the charity’s website include intake of 539 animals and 396 adoptions. Although these numbers are more current than those reported in the 2015 annual report, Ci notes that they likely do not represent cumulative numbers for the year.
Toronto Humane Society’s spay & neuter clinic services made up 13% of program costs in F2016. 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. As a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, THS also runs a Trap Neuter Return program that spays/neuters feral cats to reduce feral cat overpopulation in the city.
2016 update: Year-to-date stats include performing 859 spay/neuter surgeries. Ci notes once again that this is the most current data found, but it likely does not represent total surgeries performed during the year in 2016.
Toronto Humane Society also offers subsidized vet care that made up 2% of program costs in F2016. 2016 year-to-date stats include performing 665 vaccinations. THS runs a humane education program that made up 2% of program costs in F2016. 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 is a big-cap charity with total donations of $10.7m in F2016. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.84 goes towards its programs, which falls well within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Toronto Humane Society holds funding reserves of $6.3m, of which $370k are donor-endowed. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 68% of annual program costs.
This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Toronto Humane Society. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 27, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending December
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||8.2%||10.1%||9.6%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||8.3%||10.3%||11.2%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||72.4%||51.2%||57.7%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||1,940||1,565||1,216|
|Cash flow from operations||2,148||856||1,773|