Ottawa Humane Society

245 West Hunt Club Rd.
Ottawa, ON K2E 1A6
Executive Director: Bruce Roney
Board Chair: Mike Laviolette

Charitable Reg. #:12326 4715 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) 62 cents are available for programs.

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About Ottawa Humane Society:

Founded in 1888, Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) protects sick, injured and homeless animals in Ottawa. The charity also educates children and pet owners about caring for animals. Its programs include Lost and Found, Mobile Spay/Neuter Services, Community Outreach Program, and OHS Room Rentals.

The Lost and Found program is the largest and made up 66% of total program spending in F2018. Ottawa Humane Society cares for lost and homeless animals that are brought in by officers and the public. In F2018, OHS helped 8,912 animals, including 4,980 cats, 1,471 dogs, 598 small animals, and 1,828 wild animals. This is a 5% increase in the total number of animals from 8,476 in F2017.

The Mobile Spay/Neuter Services program made up 17% of total program spending in F2018. This new program deals with the cat overpopulation problem in Ottawa. The mobile clinics offer $20 cat spay/neuter surgeries for poor pet owners in Ottawa neighbourhoods. In F2018, 2,912 spays and neuters were performed.

The Community Outreach program accounts for 15% of total program spending in F2018. The four main education programs under this category include Leadership Education with Adolescents and Dogs (LEAD), Pet Savvy, Brightening Lives Animal Visits, and Animal Education for Newcomers to Canada. These programs aim to educate Ottawa residents about proper animal care.

Ottawa Humane Society Room Rentals made up the remaining 7% of program spending in F2018.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, Ottawa Humane Society received a total of 7,049 pets, reunited 799 pets, saw 4,033 adoptions, and saved a total of 4,982 pets. This is a 2% decrease from the 5,091 total pets saved in F2017. The number of cats reunited with their families decreased from 9% in F2017 to 8% in F2018.

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

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Ottawa Humane Society is a large charity with total donations and special events revenues of $6.9m in F2018. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 27% of donations. For every dollar donated, 62 cents go to the cause, which is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $5.8m can cover just over one year of annual program costs.

Ottawa Humane Society reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities in its F2018 T3010 CRA filing. In F2018, OHS paid $788k to external fundraisers to collect just over $1m, meaning that for every dollar raised by external fundraisers, OHS paid 75 cents.

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

Updated on May 14, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.7%12.0%13.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.4%29.4%25.2%
Total overhead spending 38.1%41.4%39.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 105.8%93.4%89.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,4395,8534,858
Government funding 707070
Fees for service 2,0421,9252,514
Special events 502509703
Investment income 70367(90)
Other income 475058
Total revenues 9,1708,7758,113
Program costs 5,4605,2524,955
Administrative costs 9741,0101,132
Fundraising costs 1,9001,8691,401
Total spending 8,3348,1317,487
Cash flow from operations 836644625
Capital spending 47338145
Funding reserves 5,7774,9034,411

Note: Ci reported fundraising allocated to trust fund expenses in fundraising costs, increasing fundraising by $988k in F2018, $566k in F2017, and $161k in F2016.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 79

Avg. Compensation: $49,992

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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