Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

16586 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, ON L4A 2W3
CEO: Kate MacDonald
Board Chair: Catherine MacNeill

Charitable Reg. #:88969 1044 RR0002


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

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Founded in 1873, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) works to ensure that Ontario has no homeless animals and no animal abuse. It also works toward a future in which all Ontarians respect and appreciate animals. OSPCA is headquartered in Stouffville, Ontario and has over fifty offices across the province. OSPCA’s programs and resources include community-based sheltering, shelter health & animal wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue and relief, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs, humane education, and animal protection services.

In F2018, OSPCA’s Animal Care, Shelter & Community Medicine, Rescue & Relief, and Provincial Animal Welfare Legislation Enforcement programs made up 86% of total program spending. Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals performed 11,362 spay/neuter procedures in F2018 on 4,234 dogs, 7,064 cats, and 64 rabbits.

OSPCA used 8% of total program spending in F2018 on distributions to Animal Welfare Organizations. OSPCA partners with various Humane Societies and shelters across Ontario. It works with these partners to open spay/neuter clinics, expand animal care facilities, and more. In F2018, OSPCA inspected 125 zoos and investigated 14,203 complaints.

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Humane Education and Public Awareness programs made up 6% of total program spending in F2018. OSPCA runs Humane Education Campaigns aimed at educating the public, and Humane Education Programs which are more targeted at youth. OSPCA’s AnimalSmart™ program is geared towards students in grades one to three.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that it helped 6,253 animal adoptions, including cats, dogs, small animals, birds, and others. It also removed 1,142 animals from dangerous situations as a result of an investigation.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ results and impact.

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Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations of $12.9m in F2018. Administrative costs are 15% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. For every dollar donated, 72 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $17.9m can cover 1.2 years of annual program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 20, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.4%15.2%17.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.6%13.9%18.4%
Total overhead spending 28.0%29.1%35.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 113.3%74.9%72.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 12,86711,99411,562
Government funding 7,9578,0188,085
Fees for service 2,6512,1442,910
Investment income 189431287
Other income 477577555
Total revenues 24,14023,16423,399
Program costs 14,01914,81816,904
Grants 1,3067501,136
Administrative costs 3,6943,4563,954
Fundraising costs 1,6181,6722,125
Other costs 166152156
Total spending 20,80420,84924,275
Cash flow from operations 3,3372,315(876)
Capital spending 581667785
Funding reserves 17,94512,26113,741

Note: Legacies have been added to revenues to reflect donations received on a cash basis, increasing donations by $4.9m in F2017, $4.5m in F2016, and $5.7m in F2015. Distributions of grants to affiliates and Humane Societies in other provinces is reported as a grants expense, increasing total expenses by $750k in F2017, $1.1m in F2016, and $1.8m in F2015.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 174

Avg. Compensation: $62,846

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 F2017

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