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) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About Montreal SPCA:

Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a 4-star charity. It has an above-average results reporting grade and low funding reserves. The charity is financially transparent and has reasonable overhead costs.

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 and help develop compassion for all sentient beings. Montreal SPCA’s activities include a shelter, animal adoption, a clinic with spay and neuter programs, animal investigations, helping injured and orphaned wildlife, and advocacy.

In F2021, Montreal SPCA’s clinic and shelter treated and cared for 6,046 animals (down 59% from 14,889 in F2019). This includes animals treated in its dedicated spay and neuter programs along with an additional 2,905 cats, 1,942 wildlife, 575 dogs, 539 small companion animals, and 85 farm animals. 283 animals of various species were transferred to sanctuaries in F2021.

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 F2021, the TNRM program sterilized 2,651 animals. 

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 F2021, the division opened 1,898 new investigations and visited over 4,832 animals of various species.

Through its advocacy program, Montreal SPCA fights for improved animal protection laws in Quebec. In F2020, 21,000 people signed the petition to stop the carnage of chicks in Quebec.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, Montreal SPCA’s shelter saw 1,337 animal adoptions and 209 lost animals were reunited with their families.

In F2021, the survival rate of animals treated at Montreal SPCA’s clinic was 92.9% for cats and 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.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Montreal SPCA's results and impact. 


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Montreal SPCA received donations of $4.9m in F2020. Administrative costs are 1% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 16% of donations. This means overhead costs are 17%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 83 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Montreal SPCA has net funding reserves of $4.4m, including $922k of donor-endowed funds. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity can cover roughly seven months of annual program costs. This indicates a need for funding.

Montreal SPCA uses external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities. In F2020, Montreal SPCA reports external fundraising costs of $444k (58% of total fundraising costs) on its CRA T3010 filing. External fundraisers raised $1.2m (24% of total donations) on behalf of the charity, producing a fundraising cost of 38 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 10, 2022 by Lin Zhu.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.3%9.0%6.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.8%25.2%27.8%
Total overhead spending 17.0%34.2%34.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 60.5%37.3%48.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,8813,4723,968
Goods in kind 09174
Government funding 01,4131,207
Fees for service 2,7933,1032,851
Investment income 247534
Total revenues 7,6978,1558,134
Program costs 5,8676,3595,349
Grants 0201
Administrative costs 99728560
Fundraising costs 7698751,101
Other costs 13800
Total spending 6,8727,9827,011
Cash flow from operations 8251721,124
Capital spending 311143341
Funding reserves 4,4453,1893,276

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 76

Avg. compensation: $46,879

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 F2020

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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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