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Calgary Humane Society

4455 110th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2C 2T7
Executive Director: Carrie Fritz
Board Chair: Deanna Steblyk

Charitable Reg. #: 11882 3632 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

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 #78

Avg. Compensation $49,075

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 1
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Calgary Humane Society:

Founded in 1922, Calgary Humane Society (CHS) is Alberta's original animal welfare charity. It is the only animal shelter in Calgary with its doors open to all animals in need, regardless of their physical or behavioral state.

The Animal Care program accounts for most of Calgary Humane Society’s program spending. The charity admitted and cared for 5,379 animals in 2016. Most animals (39%) were from pet-owner surrenders. Based on the charity’s total operating costs, Calgary Humane Society spent $1,407 per animal. CHS’s Animal Health team conducted 20,951 exams, administered 51,137 doses of medication, and performed 3,121 surgeries (including neutering, dental work and lump removal) to care for sheltered animals in 2016. CHS’s Behavior team works with the animals to improve personal skills and increase the chance of successful adoption. In 2016, the Behavior team assessed 1,043 dogs, gave 243 dogs intensive behavior support, helped 1,106 dogs through behavior classes, and provided 211 private consultations. The charity also reports that it fostered 1,075 animals in 2016, and its admissions staff reunited 523 animals with their original owners by tracing I.D.s and reviewing lost animal reports. CHS's Adoption program found homes for 3,493 animals in 2016. Based on a total intake for the year, the charity found safe, stable homes for 65% of the animals it cared for.

CHS's Protection and Investigation team protects animals by investigating reported concerns of abuse, neglect and abandonment. CHS Peace Officers operate under the Animal Protection Act and Criminal Code. The CHS team conducted 1,215 investigations in 2016, including 277 related to medical neglect. The charity charged 45 people, reported 33 court convictions, and saved 659 animals from inhumane care because of these investigations.

Calgary Humane Society’s Humane Education programming includes youth clubs, birthdays, camps, and presentations, all meant to foster compassion and respect for animals, and prevent animal violence. CHS reached 9,637 youth and 7,640 adults in 2016 through 90 birthday parties, 109 shelter tours, 91 field trips and 183 presentations in 2016.  

Calgary Humane Society was a key charity in the rescue of 1,177 pets from the Fort McMurray wildfires in 2016.

Financial Review:

Calgary Humane Society is a big-cap charity with total donations of $5.4m in F2016. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.79 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity’s funding reserves of $17.4m include a $45k endowment fund. Excluding endowments, the charity’s reserves can cover annual program costs for 3.1 years.

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

Updated on July 17, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.1%9.3%8.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.9%14.4%8.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 312.1%321.6%318.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,4265,0087,690
Government funding 246246320
Fees for service 1,8911,8791,911
Investment income 5229981,387
Total revenues 8,0858,13111,308
Program costs 5,5675,2074,849
Administrative costs 615663819
Fundraising costs 700721675
Cash flow from operations 1,2031,5404,964
Funding reserves 17,37616,74515,441
Note: Ci did not report non-cash gains on sale of tangible capital assets, decreasing revenues by $500 in F2016, $6k in F2015 and $4k in F2014. In F2015 and F2014, Ci gathered provincial government funding figures from the charity’s T3010 CRA filings and backed the amounts out of donations. The F2016 T3010 CRA filing was not available at the time of this profile update. Ci backed out salaries related to fundraising activities from total salaries reported in program costs and included the amounts in fundraising costs.