5215 Jean-Talon Street West
Montreal, QC H4P 1X4
Executive Director: Élise Desaulniers
Board Chair: Samira Sakhia

Charitable Reg. #:11921 9954 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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 Montreal SPCA:

Founded in 1869, Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Montreal SPCA) was Canada's first animal welfare organization and is currently the largest animal protection organization in Quebec. Its mission is to protect animals against abuse, represent animals’ best interests, ensure animals’ well-being, and raise public awareness & help develop compassion for all sentient beings. Montreal SPCA’s activities include a shelter, animal adoption, a clinic with spay & neuter programs, animal investigations, helping injured and orphaned wildlife, and advocacy.

In 2019, Montreal SPCA’s clinic and shelter treated and cared for 14,889 animals (14,605 in 2018). This includes animals treated in its dedicated spay and neuter programs along with an additional 4,814 cats, 2,664 wildlife, 1,609 exotic animals, 1,142 dogs, and 91 farm animals. More than 638 animals of various species were transferred to sanctuaries, rescue groups, and other partner shelters in 2019. Based on total operating costs for the year, Montreal SPCA spent an average of $544 per animal, up from $487 in 2018.

Montreal SPCA’s spay & neuter activities include the Trap-Neuter-Release-Maintain (TNRM) program and the Mittens-Montreal SPCA Targeted Permanent Sterilization Clinic. Mittens-Montreal was introduced in 2015 after the charity received a large donation to fund renovations to build the clinic and serves low-income pet owners. Both programs work to reduce the cat and dog overpopulation problem in the city. In 2019, the TNRM program sterilized 1,369 feral cats and the Mittens-Montreal program treated 3,200 animals. Overall, Montreal SPCA spayed or neutered 7,861 animals in 2019. 

Through its Investigations Division, Montreal SPCA enforces laws protecting animals from crime. The charity’s inspectors conduct investigations to enforce these laws in response to reports of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. In 2019, the division opened 1,335 new investigations and visited over 4,951 animals of various species.

Through its advocacy program, Montreal SPCA fights for improved animal protection laws in Quebec. In April 2019, Montreal SPCA launched a campaign to ban the declawing of cats in Quebec, garnering over 39,000 supporters thus far. The practice is already prohibited in over 30 jurisdictions around the world, including most Canadian provinces.

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Results and Impact

In 2019, Montreal SPCA’s shelter saw 4,841 animal adoptions and 725 lost animals were reunited with their families. The average length of stay was 7.9 days for cats and 10.1 days for dogs.

In 2019, the survival rate of animals treated at Montreal SPCA’s clinic was 90.79% for cats and 90.84% for dogs. Montreal SPCA only practices euthanasia as a last resort, either for animals with the most serious ailments or those who arrive at the shelter dying.

In 2019, the Investigations Division removed a total of 581 animals from their environments (12% of the 4,951 animals visited) and led investigations resulting in 29 convictions.

In August 2019, Montreal SPCA's advocacy work contributed to the City of Montreal officially adopting a by-law prohibiting the use of horse-drawn carriages on its territory. Montreal SPCA had been fighting the use of horses in Old Montreal for nearly 150 years, making this an important milestone for the charity's advocacy. 

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Montreal SPCA is a Large charity with donations of $3.5m in 2019. Fees for service of $3.1m comprises 38% of revenues, while government funding of $1.4m makes up 17% of revenues. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 25% of donations. This means overhead costs are 34%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 66 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Montreal SPCA has net funding reserves of $3.2m, including $825k of donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover roughly four months of annual program costs. This indicates a need for funding.

Montreal SPCA uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In 2019, Montreal SPCA reports external fundraising costs of $655k (75% of total fundraising costs) on its CRA T3010 filing. External fundraisers raised $1.7m (49% of total donations) on behalf of the charity, producing a fundraising cost of 39 cents per dollar raised.

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

Updated on August 18, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.0%6.9%9.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.2%27.8%26.8%
Total overhead spending 34.2%34.7%36.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 37.3%48.0%45.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,4723,9685,027
Goods in kind 917475
Government funding 1,4131,2071,057
Fees for service 3,1032,8512,747
Investment income 753420
Total revenues 8,1558,1348,926
Program costs 6,3595,3494,910
Grants 2015
Administrative costs 728560851
Fundraising costs 8751,1011,349
Total spending 7,9827,0117,115
Cash flow from operations 1721,1241,811
Capital spending 14334191
Funding reserves 3,1893,2763,009

Note: Ci reported government funding from the charity’s CRA T3010 filings, removing the figure from donations. Ci reported donated pet food and cat litter under goods in kind, increasing revenues by $91k in F2019, $74k in F018, and $75k in 2017. Ci sourced program, administrative, and fundraising cost allocations from the charity’s T3010 filing. Amortization was taken from the charity’s audited financial statements and removed from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 73

Avg. Compensation: $54,185

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 F2019

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The Montreal SPCA ranks among the most progressive and valued shelters in North America. It is the oldest shelter in Canada and the biggest in the province of Quebec.

The Montreal SPCA relies on the tireless work of more than 125 employees and 400 passionate volunteers, who offer a range of services that extends well beyond the traditional role attributed to animal shelters. These people go above and beyond to protect animals from neglect, abuse and exploitation, through their advocacy role, their unique work with the wild life, their revolutionary approach to veterinary care and animals welfare… They work relentlessly towards creating a new generation of citizens whose compassion and empathy will be at the heart of their relationship with animals… and others.

All this, could never have been achieved without the support of our generous and faithful donors.  

We can be proud of where we are, of everything we all have accomplished. Nevertheless, much work remains to be done.

To the compassionate and fair future, we are building together.

Charity Contact

Website: www.spca.com
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