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

Cents to The Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #251

Avg. Compensation $57,959

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 1
$120k - $160k 4
$80k - $120k 5
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About BC SPCA:

Founded in 1895, 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 the province. The charity’s programs 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 behaviors that promote well-being. Based on F2016 program spending, BC SPCA runs 4 core programs: Sheltering, kenneling and bylaws; Hospital and clinic; Vet, spay and neuter; and Cruelty Investigations.

Most of BC SPCA’s spending is on sheltering and kenneling programs. Sheltering, kenneling and bylaws spending made up 51% of total program costs in F2016. The charity sheltered 26,213 animals in 2016 and registered 21,707 new animals in the province’s Pet Registry. The shelter found new homes for 15,594 animals, representing 59% of the animals it sheltered during the year. The charity also reports reuniting 3,692 lost animals with their families in 2016.  

Hospital and clinic made up 15% of total program costs in F2016. BC SPCA reports running 5 hospitals and clinics for animal care in 2016 and helped 3,013 injured and orphaned wild animals.

Cruelty investigations made up 14% of total program costs in F2016. BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the only charity in British Columbia 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 conduced 9,788 new cruelty investigations in 2016, removed 1,515 animals from dangerous or neglectful situations, executed 140 warrants and submitted 26 charges to Crown Counsel.  

Veterinary, spay and neuter programming made up 11% of program costs in F2016. The charity spayed and neutered 16,757 animals in 2016 to help reduce pet overpopulation in BC.

Overall, BC SPCA helped 42,970 animals in 2016. Based on total operating costs for the year, the charity spent $763 per animal helped.

Financial Review:

BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is one of Canada’s 100 largest charities in terms of donations – it collected $26.4m in donations in F2016. Fees for service revenue of $9.3m in F2016 comes from kenneling and bylaw enforcement services as well as sheltering, medical and clinical services. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues and fundraising costs are 15% of donations. 76 cents of every donated Canadian dollar go to the cause, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

BC SPCA holds funding reserves of $11.2m in F2016, of which $1.6m are donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover only 38% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by BC SPCA. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 26, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.6%6.6%9.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 15.4%11.0%16.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 44.5%45.8%107.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 26,37235,37623,121
Fees for service 9,3198,2607,451
Lotteries (net) 815729646
Investment income 1,5974091,287
Total revenues 38,10344,77432,505
Program costs 25,22923,43121,895
Administrative costs 3,1412,9132,973
Fundraising costs 4,0603,8963,792
Other costs 360357360
Cash flow from operations 5,31314,1773,485
Funding reserves 11,22810,72423,467
Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci did not report amortization of deferred capital contributions, backed out deferred contributions recognized as revenue from donations and reported deferred contributions received during the year in donations, affecting revenues by $3.7m in F2016, $12.2m in F2015 and $1.9m in F2014.  Ci reported endowment contributions in donations, increasing revenues by $92k in F2016, $25k in F2015 and $60k in F2014. Non-cash 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 $3k in F2016, ($20k) in F2015 and $14k in F2014. Ci reported unrealized losses of $847k in F2014, reducing revenues accordingly.

Comments added by the Charity:

The comments below are from a past profile. Updated comments may be forthcoming.

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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