Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

16586 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, ON L4A 2W3
CEO: tba 0
Board Chair: Catherine MacNeill

Charitable Reg. #:88969 1044 RR0002


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) 71 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 4-star charity. It has an above-average results reporting grade and reasonable overhead costs.

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 12 animal centers across the province. OSPCA’s services include Animal Care and Protection Programs, Humane Education and Public Awareness Programs, and grants to OSPCA partners. 

In F2019, OSPCA’s Animal Care and Protection programs made up 86% of total program spending. This includes Animal Care, Shelter & Community Medicine, Animal North Network, and Provincial Legislation Enforcement. In F2019, OSPCA fed 83,000 lb of food to animals in its care and transported 15,726 pounds of food to northern communities. It also performed 11,621 spay/neuter procedures on 4,105 dogs, 7,277 cats, 111 rabbits, and other animals.

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Humane Education and Public Awareness programs made up 6% of total program spending in F2019. It runs the AnimalSmart™ program, which helps children learn how to develop positive relationships with compassion animals. It also launched the Environmental Needs & Behavioural Health section on its shelterhealthpro.ca website.

OSPCA used 6% of total program spending in F2019 on grants to OSPCA affiliates and Humane Societies in other provinces. It works with these partners to open spay/neuter clinics, expand animal care facilities, and more.

In F2019, OSPCA advised the Government of Ontario that it would not be renewing its contract to provide enforcement of provincial animal welfare legislation because the current enforcement model was not working. The contract ended in June 2019. OSPCA enforced provincial animal welfare legislation in Ontario for over 100 years.

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Results and Impact

In F2019, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that 6,131 animals were adopted, including 4,116 cats, 1,216 dogs, 659 small animals, 129 birds, and 11 other animals. It also claims the spay/neuter procedures it performed potentially prevented 523,298 unwanted animals.

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 received total donations of $13.8m in F2019. Administrative costs are 18% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. This means overhead costs are 30%. For every dollar donated, 70 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity's funding reserves of $19.8m can cover 1.3 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 19, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 19.7%21.3%18.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.6%10.6%12.1%
Total overhead spending 29.3%31.9%30.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 292.6%238.1%128.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 18,27216,55413,768
Government funding 1,1691,5485,479
Fees for service 1,4641,3012,731
Investment income 516367693
Other income 213247480
Total revenues 21,63520,01623,152
Program costs 9,2899,51513,962
Grants 00873
Administrative costs 4,1694,1844,054
Fundraising costs 1,7541,7581,671
Other costs 191174181
Total spending 15,40315,63120,740
Cash flow from operations 6,2324,3862,412
Capital spending 3535521,196
Funding reserves 27,76122,98219,761

Note: Legacies have been added to revenues to reflect donations received on a cash basis, increasing donations by $6.3m in F2019, $5.9m in F2018, and $4.9m in F2017. Distributions of grants to affiliates and Humane Societies in other provinces is reported as a grants expense, increasing total expenses by $873k in F2019, $1.3m in F2018, and $750k in F2017.

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

Comments added by the Charity:

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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