1245 East 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1R1
Board President: Marylee Davies
CEO: Craig Daniell

Website: www.spca.bc.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11881 9036 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

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 for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #232

Avg. Compensation $57,445

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 5
$80k - $120k 4
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2014

About BC SPCA:

Founded in 1895, the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) protects and improves the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals across British Columbia. The charity’s programs are designed to protect five essential freedoms for animals: freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from pain, injury and disease; freedom from distress; freedom from discomfort; and freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.


The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the only charity in BC formed under the British Columbia Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. With this, the society has three major capabilities: the ability to enforce laws related to animal cruelty; the ability to prepare cases for the prosecution of people who inflict suffering on animals; and the ability to investigate complaints of abuse towards animals.


BC SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations program responded to 10,205 suspected animal cruelty complaints in 2015, which has increased by 30% over the past two years. The program removed 1,110 animals from dangerous situations in 2015. This is a 13% decrease from 2014 and 17% decrease from 2013. A combined increase in reporting of suspected mistreatment and decrease in truly abusive situations shows an improvement in animal safety across the province.


The majority of BC SPCA’s spending is on sheltering and kenneling programs. The charity reports that its shelters took in 27,187 animals in 2015 – a 10% increase from 2013. The shelter found homes for 15,811 of these animals with its adoption program. Based on the animal intake in 2015, the BC SPCA was able to find a safe home for 58% of the animals it cared for.

Financial Review:

With donations of $35m in F2015,  the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 11% of donations, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The Society has $34.8m in funding reserves, of which $1.5m are donor-endowed. Total funding reserves can cover program costs for 1.5 years. Omitting donor-endowed funds, the charity's reserves can cover program costs for 1.4 years.


Updated on June 7, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.6%9.6%8.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.1%16.7%13.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 148.4%107.2%102.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 34,99522,77222,369
Fees for service 8,2607,4517,202
Lotteries (net) 729646644
Investment income 4091,287936
Total revenues 44,39332,15631,151
Program costs 23,43121,89520,526
Administrative costs 2,9132,9732,549
Fundraising costs 3,8963,7923,074
Other costs 357360342
Cash flow from operations 13,7963,1364,660
Funding reserves 34,77823,46720,941
Note: Ci adjusted for deferred donations and contributions, increasing donations by $11.5m in F2015, $1.3m in F2014 and $3.1m in F2013. Gains and losses on disposal of property, buildings and equipment and intangible assets have not been included in Ci revenue analysis, changing total revenue by ($20k) in F2015, $14k in F2014 and $1k in F2013. Amortization of deferred capital contributions is reported separate from revenues on the charity’s audited financial statements and has not been included in Ci analysis.

Comments added by the Charity:

The BC SPCA has a broad animal welfare mandate. We help animals in direct need through province-wide cruelty investigations and by sheltering and rehoming abandoned, unwanted, neglected and injured animals – dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and more. We are also proactive advocating for improved laws and codes of practice for farm animals, companion animals, animals used in research and wildlife.

The Society operates a provincial animal cruelty and injured wildlife call centre handling more than 21,000 calls a year. We also run four veterinary clinics focused on spay/neuter and helping those animal guardians most in need. We rescue and treat over 3,000 injured and orphaned wildlife through Wild ARC, a wildlife rehabilitation centre near Victoria. We also operate SPCA Certified, a unique program that inspects and certifies farms that meet high welfare standards (beef, chicken, eggs, pork, lamb and turkey).

Through our Drive for Lives transfer program, the BC SPCA utilizes its 36 shelter locations to move animals to locations where cats, dogs and small animals have the best possible chance for adoption. At the same time the SPCA invests proactively in community spay/neuter programs performing close to 10,000 subsidized procedures a year as well as lobbying for improved municipal bylaws which address the root causes of pet overpopulation.

To prevent cruelty, the BC SPCA invests in youth education programs including a provincial Kids Club, school presentations, teacher curriculum units, youth summer camps and workshops, as well as behaviour and animal care information for the general public.

The BC SPCA is almost entirely funded by private donations. For clarity, of its nearly $33 million budget, the BC SPCA receives approximately $250,000 in federal grants from Canada Summer Jobs to hire students to teach humane education to children and support operations. The BC SPCA also receives municipal grants totaling just over $250,000 to aid in local spay/neuter and other animal welfare initiatives. The BC SPCA does not receive operational funding from the B.C. government but did receive a $5m capital grant in F2015 to fund replacement of aging facilities.

The BC SPCA is one of less than 200 Canadian charities, and the first animal welfare organization, accredited by Imagine Canada for demonstrated excellence in financial accountability and transparency, board governance, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. We encourage supporters to discover more about the BC SPCA’s work by visiting spca.bc.ca and to sign up for our e-newsletters – Anim@ls, FarmSense, WildSense, e-Teacher and e-Kids – to learn more about the national, provincial and community-based work of the BC SPCA.

Thank you for supporting the BC SPCA!

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