Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

16586 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, ON L4A 2W3
CEO: Doug Brooks
Board Chair: Adam Delle Case

Charitable Reg. #:88969 1044 RR0002


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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 Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a 3-star charity. It is financially transparent and has overhead costs within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $26.5m in reserve funds, which can cover three years and a half of program costs.

Founded in 1873, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) works to ensure animal wellbeing in Ontario and keep pets and families together. The charity provides shelter care, medical assisstance and adoption services for animals across the province. OSPCA is headquartered in Stouffville, Ontario and has 13 animal centers across the province. OSPCA’s two main programs are Animal Care and Protection and Communication and Education. In previous years, the charity also garnted to OSPCA partners. 

The Animal Care and Protection program accounts for 93% of program spending in F2022. This includes adoption services, lost animal care, shelter care, medical procedures and shelter transfers. In F2022, OSPCA delivered 226,813 lb of pet food, supporting 51 food banks and distribution partners. The charity reports that it distributed 200 outdoor shelters for community cats and loaned 55 live traps through the Trap-Neuter-Return program. The charity transferred 137 animals in F2022.

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spayed/neutered 6,785 animals in F2022. This includes 2,414 female cats spayed and 1,890 male cats neutered. The charity adds that its mobile clinic made ten stops and spayed/neutered 557 cats.

Communication and Education accounts for the other 7% of program spending. OSPCA runs the AnimalSmart™ program, which teaches children how to develop positive relationships with animals and care for them. OSPCA also advocates for change in animal welfare legislation.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, OSPCA reports 3,918 animal adoptions. This includes 2,693 cats, 911 dogs, 274 small animals and 40 birds. It adds that 689 lost animals were reunited with their families and that it saved 513 lives through animal transfers. The charity states that 16 animal transfers allowed animals to find new homes.

Thanks to its spay procedures, OSPCA reports that is avoided 325,431 potential unplanned offspring in F2022. This approximation is based on the average reproductive lifespan of the female animal spayed and does not include offspring of offspring.

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.

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

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Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received total donations of $15.8m in F2022. Administrative costs are 21% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. This means that for every dollar donated, 66 cents are available for programs. This is just inside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has reserve funds of $31.9m, which can cover 352% or three years and a half of annual program costs. The charity's program cost coverage ratio has been growing steadily since F2017, when it was 75%.

At the time of this profile update, OSPCA’s F2022 T3010 filing with the CRA is not available. Hence, the most recent employee compensation information is from F2021.

­­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 July 12, 2023 by Victoria Allder.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 21.4%19.7%21.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.7%10.7%13.0%
Total overhead spending 34.1%30.4%34.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 352.0%289.6%233.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 15,83816,38913,539
Goods in kind 535535
Government funding 9463,0114,573
Fees for service 2,5891,4641,301
Investment income 237516367
Other income 231213247
Total revenues 19,89421,64920,063
Program costs 8,8629,2899,515
Grants 096176
Administrative costs 4,2134,1694,184
Fundraising costs 2,0051,7541,758
Other costs 219191174
Total spending 15,29915,49915,807
Cash flow from operations 4,5966,1504,255
Capital spending 788446662
Funding reserves 31,93227,76122,982

Note: Ci included legacies in donations, increasing total revenue by $7.8m in F2022, $9.0m in F2021 and $6.3m in F2020. Ci backed out donated goods from donations and included them in goods in kind. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenue by $30k in F2022, $14k in F2021 and $46k in F2020. Ci included Grants to OSPCA affiliates and Humane Societies in grants, increasing expenses by nil in F2022, $96k in F2021 and $176k in F2020.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 133

Avg. compensation: $71,691

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 F2021

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Comments & Contact

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About Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being.

With 12 animal centre locations across the province, as well as two spay/neuter services locations accessible to the public, the Ontario SPCA is an integral part of each community, promoting mutually beneficial human-animal interactions

Mission-based programs include:

  • Community-based sheltering
  • Animal wellness services
  • Provincial animal transfers
  • Shelter health & wellness
  • High-volume spay/neuter services
  • Animal rescue
  • Animal advocacy
  • Indigenous partnership programs
  • Humane education

Helping animals during covid

To support animal centres as they continued their essential services during COVID-19, and to assist families across Ontario struggling to care for their animals, the Ontario SPCA launched the Urgent Animal Care Fund in 2020.

Food was one of the biggest needs; by the end of 2020, more than 500,000 lbs of food for animals had been distributed across the province thanks to the generosity of donors and corporate partners.

Deemed an essential service by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario SPCA was able to remain open by appointment during the pandemic. After careful consideration and research to determine the best way to keep communities safe, limited contact adoptions were introduced at Ontario SPCA animal centres.  Over 3,400 animals found loving homes through the Ontario SPCA in 2020.

A limited contact approach was also implemented in the Ontario SPCA’s spay/neuter services locations in Barrie and Stouffivlle. A total of 4,539 spay/neuter procedures were performed in 2020, preventing an estimated 209,000 offspring. The SPCA’s Mobile Animal Wellness Services Units also made four community stops in 2020, performing 319 spay/neuter surgeries, which prevented an estimated 12,600 offspring. 

*Note: provincially mandated lockdowns and restrictions to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 affected programs, services and adoption statistics in 2020.


Charity Contact

Website: www.ontariospca.ca
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