118 Falcon Road, Box 2278
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P7
President: Nicole Spencer
Vice President: Dana L Martin

Charitable Reg. #:88610 0791 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 76 cents are available for programs.

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Founded in 1988 and based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NWT SPCA) works to improve the quality of life for all pets in the North. The charity runs a 3,200-square foot shelter that can hold 40 dogs and 10 cats at a time. The shelter opened in October 2012. Other programs include a Community Spay and Neuter program, a Northern Community Pet Food and Supplies program, the Northern Dog Transfer Network, a Foster program and a Community Vaccination Clinic. The charity does not provide a breakdown of its spending on its programs.
In F2020, NWT SPCA’s shelter took in 559 dogs, 104 cats, and 5 small animals. A further 68 animals were born at the shelter. Most animals came from North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories.
NWT SPCA had seven community animal health clinics in F2020. NWT SPCA performed 41 spay and neuter surgeries and gave 3,255 vaccines. Since NWT SPCA serves a large area of northern Canada, dogs are often flown to the shelter in order to receive vaccinations or surgeries. 
NWT SPCA also focuses on transportation with its Northern Dog Transfer Network program. The charity reports the program saves an average of 700 dogs by transporting them out of NWT communities for southern rescue organizations to find possible fosters or adoptions.
NWT SPCA reports sending thousands of pounds of food to communities in need every year in its Northern Community Pet Food and Supplies program. 

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Results and Impact

NWT SPCA helped 434 animals find homes in F2020. People living within the Northwest Territories adopted 214 dogs, 107 cats, and 9 other animals. People living outside the region adopted a further 103 dogs and 1 cat. Additionally, 170 dogs were transferred to other rescue organizations. NWT SPCA also helped 89 animals reunite with their owners.

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NWT SPCA is not financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are not posted on its website nor provided when requested. Charity Intelligence's financial review uses the 2019 unaudited financial statements. This is the most recent information we have received from the Charities Directorate from our request for information.

NWT SPCA is a small charity with donations and special event revenues of $383k in F2020. The charity received $25k in government funding representing 4% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 11% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 24%. For every dollar donated, 76 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

NWT SPCA has $231k in funding reserves. The charity could cover 50% or half a year of annual program costs with current reserves.  

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

Updated on June 18, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.1%3.6%2.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.1%12.4%14.4%
Total overhead spending 24.1%15.9%16.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 49.9%34.7%404.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 343,025435,744351,758
Government funding 25,61034,75024,500
Fees for service 86,086132,03879,299
Business activities (net) 015,88428,324
Special events 39,51788,482141,731
Investment income 0300
Other income 183,7892,0674,655
Total revenues 678,027708,995630,267
Program costs 462,782504,394431,761
Administrative costs 88,80725,18214,194
Fundraising costs 42,25664,77470,941
Other costs 6,00911,88010,566
Total spending 599,854606,230527,462
Cash flow from operations 78,173102,765102,805
Funding reserves 230,832175,0851,745,084

Note: Ci reported revenue information for the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA for F2019 as a revenue breakdown was not provided in its financial statements. Ci reported government funding using the charity’s T3010 filing and removed the revenue from fees for service. Ci reported calendar revenues and merchandise sales net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $5k in F2019, $7k in F2018 and $9k in F2017. Ci allocated individual line items into revenue and expense buckets as deemed appropriate, but recognizes that allocations differ substantially from figures reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filings. Fundraising costs were reported from the charity's T3010 filing. The difference between reported fundraising costs on the T3010 filing and the financial statements of $26k was removed from Administrative costs. Fundraising costs for F2018 and F2017 were not comparable and therefore not used. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. compensation: $35,148

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 F2019

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.nwtspca.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001