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: 4/4]



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) 85 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 and Shelter Services, and Spay Neuter Clinic/Subsidized Vet Care. It also runs a minor Public Education program. THS does not conduct cruelty investigations and notes that people should report such concerns to the Ontario SPCA.

Animal Care and Shelter Services made up 83% of Toronto Humane Society’s total program spending in F2017. THS reports that over 3,000 animals were brought into its care and 1,300 palliative, special needs, and juvenile animals spent time in foster care. THS distributed over 410,000 pounds of pet food to pets whose owners were in need in F2017. During the first four months of 2018, THS took in 122 strays and delivered 91,165 pounds of pet food to pet owners in need.

In F2017, the Spay Neuter Clinic/Subsidized Vet Care made up 14% of Toronto Humane Society’s total program spending. THS reports that in F2017, it spayed or neutered more than 4,910 animals, of which 62% were cats. In the first four months of 2018, THS has performed 1,714 spay or neuter services and administered 1,329 vaccinations.

Toronto Humane Society’s Public Education program made up 2% of total program spending in F2017. The charity reports that over 5,800 children have participated in this program since its inception in 2016.

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Results and Impact

Toronto Humane Society reports that it has improved the lives of over 17,000 animals in F2017. Through the first four months of 2018, over 25 animals have completed rehabilitation programs, and 540 animals have been saved through its rescue transport program. Additionally, THS has had 874 adoptions in 2018 so far.

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 $12.6m in F2018. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. For every dollar donated, 85 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Net funding reserves of $8.9m (including $370k of donor-endowed funds) can cover almost one year of annual program costs. Excluding donor-endowed funds, THS can cover 11 months of annual program costs.

­­Toronto Humane Society paid external fundraisers $48k in F2017 to raise $184k for a cost of 26 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 2, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.2%8.2%10.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.4%8.1%10.3%
Total overhead spending 14.6%16.3%20.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 94.5%68.3%46.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,58510,9339,170
Fees for service 2,0201,7201,565
Investment income 25921981
Total revenues 14,86412,87310,816
Program costs 9,0908,7637,932
Administrative costs 1,0491,0421,089
Fundraising costs 927886948
Other costs 473334
Total spending 11,11410,72410,003
Cash flow from operations 3,7502,148813
Capital spending 679170456
Funding reserves 8,9456,3434,057

Note: Ci excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions, affecting revenues by ($156k) in F2017, ($156k) in F2016, and ($156k) in F2015. Ci removed amortization of capital assets from expenses on a pro-rata basis. This affected expenses by ($520k) in F2017, ($606k) in F2016, and ($639k) in F2015.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 121

Avg. Compensation: $52,625

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 F2017

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