Winnipeg Humane Society

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

Charitable Reg. #:11964 7907 RR0002


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



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 Winnipeg Humane Society:

Founded in 1894, Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest animal shelter and welfare organization in Manitoba. It works to protect animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity. WHS runs various programs which fall into four main buckets: animal care, hospital and clinic, advocacy and education, and investigations.

Winnipeg Humane Society’s animal care programs made up 44% of total program spending in F2018. Animal care programs include animal intake, behavior, and training programs; shelter maintenance and repairs; and adoptions and foster programs. WHS fostered 1,637 animals in F2018.

Hospital and clinic operations made up 34% of Winnipeg Humane Society’s total program spending in F2018. The charity runs a clinic with three full-time and several part-time and contract veterinarians who examine, treat, and perform surgery on animals from all over Manitoba. WHS reports that it completed over 7,000 spay and neuter surgeries on adoptable animals for low income families in F2018.

Winnipeg Humane Society’s advocacy and education programs made up 13% of total program spending in F2018. WHS offers courses in dog obedience, pet first aid, kid camps, shelter tours, school field trips, and more.

Emergency response and animal welfare investigations made up 10% of Winnipeg Humane Society’s total program spending in F2018. WHS responded to 324 complaints about animals locked in vehicles complaints, 543 calls of complaint for not providing food or water, 228 calls regarding abandoned animals, and 532 calls regarding animals unduly exposed to cold or heat in F2017. It also completed 970 emergency pick-ups in F2018.

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Results and Impact

Winnipeg Humane Society reports that it reunited 560 lost pets with their owners in F2018. WHS says that the number of cats being euthanized decreased over 62 per cent compared to three years ago. This is largely due to a 77.5 per cent decrease in upper respiratory infection diagnoses in cats.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Winnipeg Humane Society’s results and impact.

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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. In F2017, the charity changed its fiscal year end from December to March. The F2017 numbers stated are for the 15-month period of January 2016 to March 2017.

WHS is a ­­­­large charity, with total donations and special events revenues of $5.5m in F2018. Administrative costs are 12% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. For every dollar donated, 71 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Combined, WHS and the Foundation hold funding reserves of $7.6m, of which $551k are donor endowed. Total reserves can cover 1.6 years of annual program costs. Excluding donor-endowed funds, WHS can cover 1.5 years of annual program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Winnipeg Humane Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 22, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.5%10.8%9.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.8%19.8%18.0%
Total overhead spending 29.2%30.6%27.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 149.6%116.7%117.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,7945,4175,168
Goods in kind 135128135
Fees for service 1,6532,0951,473
Business activities (net) 72151136
Special events 669700632
Investment income 11335166
Other income 5212330
Total revenues 7,4888,9657,641
Program costs 4,7125,4074,253
Administrative costs 846926682
Fundraising costs 9701,2121,046
Other costs 432745
Total spending 6,5717,5726,027
Cash flow from operations 9181,3931,614
Capital spending 611221,166
Funding reserves 7,5586,7815,482

Note: Ci reported sales revenues net of retail operations expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $222k in F2018, $260k in F2017, and $238k in F2015. Grants of $15k in F2018, $20k in F2017, and $16k in F2015 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 excluded allocation from the Society, affecting revenues by ($600k) in F2018, ($1m) in F2017, and ($60k) in F2015. Ci included amortization, affecting expenses by ($371k) in F2018, ($460k) in F2017, and ($383k) in F2015.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 64

Avg. compensation: $45,048

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

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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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001