Ottawa Humane Society

245 West Hunt Club Rd.
Ottawa, ON K2E 1A6
President & CEO: Sharon Miko
Board Chair: Travis Nelson

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) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About Ottawa Humane Society:

Ottawa Humane Society is a 4-star charity with an above average results reporting grade. It is financially transparent and its overhead costs are within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Its reserved funds can cover its program costs for 2.4 years.

Founded in 1888, Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) cares for ill, injured and homeless animals in Ottawa. The charity reunites lost pets with their owners and supports rescued pet adoptions. It also provides medical care for animals. Ottawa Humane Society promotes public education and awareness of animal welfare. The charity’s programs include Animal Shelter, Clinics for medical care, and Volunteer and Outreach.

Animal Shelter – 60% of program spending

Ottawa Humane Society received 3,236 pets in F2022. This includes 1,885 cats and kittens, 795 dogs and puppies and 556 other pets. The charity did not turn away a single animal in need. It reports a placement rate of 100% for healthy cats and dogs, 98% for treatable cats and dogs, and 99% for rehabilitable cats and dogs. 80.8% of animals brought to the shelter leave alive.

Volunteer and Outreach – 20% of program spending

In F2022, Ottawa Humane Society had 629 volunteers supporting its programs. They provided 29,375 hours of work. Foster volunteers housed 642 cats, 32 dogs and 107 small animals. Ottawa Humane Society also organizes outreach programs. These include Animal Education for Newcomers to Canada, Pet Savvy and Animal Visits. These programs provide pet ownership and animal care education. The Shelter Buddies program provides support to at-risk youth through interaction with animals.

Clinic and Mobile Clinic – 17% of program spending

Ottawa Humane Society provides medical care for suffering animals. In F2022, this included 1,341 surgeries, 1,186 spays and neuters, 458 X-Rays and 332 dental procedures. The spay/neuter operations take place in mobile clinics. The charity also microchipped 210 animals and humanely euthanized 683 pets. Euthanized pets have serious medical or behavioural issues or suffer from extreme fear.

Community programs, including the child and youth programs, make up the final 3% of program spending. These promote education around animal welfare through birthday parties, camps and field trips.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Ottawa Humane Society reports supporting 1,632 adoptions. This includes 1,141 cats and kittens, 152 dogs and puppies and 339 other pets. It also reunited 441 pets with their owners, including 81 cats and kittens, 339 dogs and puppies and 21 other pets. The charity reports that 13% of stray cats brought to the shelter were reunited with their families in F2022. This is an increase compared to 9% in F2021 and 8% in F2020.

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

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Ottawa Humane Society reported donations and special event revenues of $10.1m in F2022. Ottawa Humane Society received $1.0m in government funding in F2022. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 24% of donations and special events. For every dollar donated, 66 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Ottawa Humane Society has $13.6m in funding reserves. This is enough for the charity to cover program costs for almost two and a half years.

In F2022, Ottawa Humane Society paid external fundraisers $580k who raised $1.8m in donations. This means it costs the charity $0.32 to raise $1 through external fundraisers.

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 25, 2023 by Victoria Allder. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.6%7.8%7.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.4%27.2%29.6%
Total overhead spending 34.0%34.9%37.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 243.4%210.9%123.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,5578,4807,951
Government funding 1,0491,5181,188
Fees for service 4483391,052
Special events 574435538
Investment income 843917(130)
Other income 403732
Total revenues 12,51011,72510,631
Program costs 5,5845,0956,025
Donated goods exp 000
Administrative costs 1,118839818
Fundraising costs 2,4692,4202,514
Other costs 6100
Total spending 9,2338,3549,357
Cash flow from operations 3,2773,3711,274
Capital spending 3782369
Funding reserves 13,59310,7477,460

Note: Ci reported government funding and administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s T3010 fillings with the CRA. Ci did not report gain (loss) on disposal of capital assets in revenues, increasing revenues by $276k in F2020. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. Ci reported fundraising allocated to trust fund expenses in fundraising costs, increasing fundraising by nil in F2022, $924k in F2021 and $1.3m in F2020. Ci has adjusted for deferred donations of ($6k) in F2022, ($59k) in F2021 and ($43k) in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 69

Avg. compensation: $67,757

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 F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001