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]

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #120

Avg. Compensation $42,930

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 8
$40k - $80k 1
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

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.

Financial Review:

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 Ratios

Fiscal 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 Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 10,7149,2149,552
Fees for service 1,9401,5651,216
Investment income 21981250
Total revenues 12,87310,85911,018
Program costs 8,7637,9327,105
Administrative costs 1,0421,0891,038
Fundraising costs 8869481,073
Other costs 333429
Cash flow from operations 2,1488561,773
Funding reserves 6,3434,0574,098
Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci recognized changes in deferred capital contributions in donations, affecting revenues by ($156k) in F2016, ($112k) in F2015 and $37k in F2014. Ci reported investment expenses in other costs. Ci removed amortization of capital assets from program, administrative and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

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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