Winnipeg Humane Society

45 Hurst Way
Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3
CEO: Javier Schwersensky
Board Chair: Jeff Eckstein

Charitable Reg. #: 11964 7907 RR0002
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements available only upon request [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #63

Avg. Compensation $42,287

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 7
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Winnipeg Humane Society:

Founded in 1894, Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) operates out of Winnipeg, Manitoba and protects animals across the province. It is the largest animal welfare charity in Manitoba and runs an open admission shelter, which means that it accepts any animal in need of care. WHS’s major programs include animal care, clinic services and investigation and emergency response services.

Winnipeg Humane Society’s focus area is animal care – combined shelter, adoptions, and intake costs accounted for 45% of total program costs in F2015. WHS took in 8,832 animals in 2015, the majority of which were cats (6,044). The shelter experienced a 22% increase in incoming animals compared to 2014. The charity’s adoption center found homes for 4,607 animals in 2015, of which 3,238 were cats. Adoptions increased by 18% compared to 2014 and represent 52% of animals taken in during the year.

The WHS clinic is Winnipeg Humane Society’s health services program that treats animals in need of medical care. Clinic expenses accounted for 29% of program costs in F2015. WHS reports that its clinic performs 5,000 to 6,000 procedures annually, which includes spay and neuter surgeries. The charity’s most recent newsletter reports that its clinic spayed and neutered 1,341 cats between February and March 2016.

Winnipeg Humane Society’s Investigations and Emergency Response program accounted for 10% of total program costs in F2015. Through this program, WHS helps injured, abused and distressed animals in partnership with the Winnipeg Police Service. The WHS Emergency Response team handled 435 calls regarding animals in extreme weather conditions, 375 calls of malnutrition and 226 calls of animals locked in vehicles in 2015. The team also made 625 emergency pick-ups in 2015.

Financial Review:

This report represents the consolidated financial position of Winnipeg Humane Society and the Winnipeg Humane Society Foundation (the Foundation), a separate registered charity that fundraises for WHS.

Winnipeg Humane Society is a big-cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $5.8m in F2015. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. $0.27 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Combined, WHS and the Foundation hold funding reserves of $5.5m, of which $0.5m are donor-endowed. Total reserves can cover annual program costs for 1.3 years, which drops to 1.2 years when donor-endowed funds are not included.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Winnipeg Humane Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 26, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.0%12.5%10.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.0%22.8%20.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 128.9%126.0%133.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,1683,1703,862
Goods in kind 135107161
Fees for service 1,4731,3901,308
Business activities (net) 136116133
Special events 632740689
Investment income 66290195
Other income 302334
Total revenues 7,6415,8376,383
Program costs 4,2533,8903,574
Administrative costs 682690669
Fundraising costs 1,046892951
Other costs 454636
Cash flow from operations 1,6143191,153
Funding reserves 5,4824,9034,764
Note: Ci reported sales revenues net of retail operations expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $238k in F2015, $205k in F2014 and $216k in F2013. Ci reported shelter and general gifts in kind of $135k in F2015, $107k in F2014 and $161k in F2013 in donated goods in kind and backed these figures out of donations. Bank charges, professional fees and investment management fees related to the Foundation’s operations of $45k in F2015, $46k in F2014 and $36k in F2013 are included in other expenses. Grants of $16k in F2015, $17k in F2014 and $18k in F2013 from the Foundation to WHS represent a transfer of funds and were not included in the financial analysis, lowering both revenues and expenses respectively. Ci did not recognize allocations from WHS to the Foundation of $60k in F2015, $76k in F2014 and $886k in F2013. Ci did not report forgiveness of amounts due to the Foundation from WHS of $883k in F2014, or allocation from the Foundation to WHS’s Capital Fund of $100k in F2013.

Comments added by the Charity:

The charity provided these comments for a previous version. Updated comments may be provided shortly.


The original incorporation papers for the Winnipeg Humane Society are dated April 11, 1895.  It was through the volunteer efforts of a small band of Winnipegger’s, which included two future mayors, that The Winnipeg Humane Society for the Protection of Women, Children and Animals was launched.  Today the WHS is far different from the original starting effort yet our mission remains exactly the same.  I am very sure that the original small band would be extremely proud of the work being undertaken by our generation.  In 1895 there was no such thing as “puppy mills.”  Huge operations solely dedicated to the production and selling of puppies for a profit.

In January of 2012 The WHS assisted the Chief Veterinarian’s Office in closing down another one of these dreadful operations.  This one contained a mix of breeds, both poodles and bulldogs.  The 79 dogs were living inside plastic crates, the kind you would use for transporting your dog.  Some were living with two or three to a crate.  The small band from 1895 would be shocked to the core to witness what we are dealing with today.  We rescued dogs forced to stand for endless periods in their own urine and feces.  Many of the bull dogs had serious foot infections and required numerous treatments and foot baths before becoming ready for adoption.  No vaccinations, no dental care, not even any exercise!  What a heartbreaking scene for our staff to witness.

During this operation we couldn’t help but think of conditions in 1895.  We asked ourselves, has anything changed since 1895?  Is cruelty just the same but on a larger scale? Why are we still dealing with animal abuse and cruelty?  Can’t human society change?  We have to believe that it can and it is only with the help and support from people like you that we can continue to strive to reach that goal.  Please consider supporting our work for the animals.

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