PO Box 38073 Stn Burnside
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X2
CEO: Elizabeth Murphy
Board Chair: Jim Kochanoff

Charitable Reg. #:13470 4741 RR0001


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) 83 cents are available for programs.

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About Nova Scotia SPCA:

Founded in 1877, the Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nova Scotia SPCA) runs animal shelters, offers medical care and conducts cruelty investigations to fight for animal welfare across the province. The charity has 11 branches, including the provincial headquarters in Dartmouth. Nova Scotia SPCA has three programs: Shelter Operations, Veterinary Services and Medication, and Investigations. In F2020, the charity served 11,954 animals throughout Nova Scotia.
Shelter Operations accounted for 56% of Nova Scotia SPCA’s program spending in F2020. The charity took in 6,561 animals across its 11 shelter locations in F2018. The shelters follow no-kill principles, meaning healthy animals are not euthanized.
Veterinary Services and Medication represented 23% of program costs in F2020. Nova Scotia SPCA runs an animal hospital in Dartmouth, and two spay and neuter clinics in Cape Breton and Yarmouth. The charity performed 5,465 surgeries in F2020 for animals in need.
Investigations accounted for the final 21% of Nova Scotia SPCA’s program spending in F2020. Nova Scotia SPCA reports its team responded to 1,353 calls of suspected mistreatment and rescued 4,791 animals from cruelty in F2020.
The Nova Scotia SPCA is launching an International Pet Transport program. The charity aims to rescue pets from international communities struggling with homeless pets. Nova Scotia SPCA is also fundraising to build a new shelter in Stellarton.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, 3,937 animals were adopted from Nova Scotia SPCA's shelters. In F2018, across all branches, 4,477 cats, 676 dogs, and 169 other species were adopted for a total of 5,322 adoptions. In F2018, a further 530 animals were returned to their owners.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Nova Scotia SPCA’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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Nova Scotia SPCA had donations of $8.1m in F2020. The charity's capital campaign for a new shelter has increased donations 216% from $2.6m in F2019. 

The charity received $915k in government funding, representing 8% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 17%. For every dollar donated, 83 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Nova Scotia SPCA has $6.6m in funding reserves. The charity could cover 192% or almost two years of annual program costs with current reserves. 

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

Updated on June 14, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.9%12.9%10.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.3%30.2%25.7%
Total overhead spending 17.1%43.1%36.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 192.3%22.2%21.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,0412,5502,190
Government funding 915301320
Fees for service 2,2832,1272,064
Investment income 533425
Total revenues 11,2925,0124,598
Program costs 3,4133,4833,483
Administrative costs 772642477
Fundraising costs 825770562
Total spending 5,0104,8954,523
Cash flow from operations 6,28211776
Capital spending 4661451,628
Funding reserves 6,563772972

Note: Ci included investment income and gain on marketable securities in investment income, increasing total revenues by $53k in F2020, $55k in F2019, and $18k in F2018. Ci adjusted for deferred donations relating to the charity’s capital fundraising affecting revenue by $5.1m in F2020, $16k in F2019 and ($151k) in F2018. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy was reported as government funding, increasing total revenues by $594k in F2020.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 70

Avg. compensation: $39,020

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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