Nova Scotia SPCA

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

Charitable Reg. #: 13470 4741 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

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 available only upon request [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to The Cause

2013 2014 2015
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Full-time staff #16

Avg. Compensation $59,940

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

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, located in Dartmouth (provincial headquarters), Cape Breton, Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester, Hants, Kinds, La Baie, Lunenburg, Yarmouth and Queens.

Nova Scotia SPCA’s major program is its shelter services, which accounted for 55% of program costs in F2015. The charity reports total intake of 5,743 animals across its six shelter locations in F2015 – the Antigonish shelter doubled its intake from the year before. Nova Scotia SPCA facilitated 4,777 adoptions in F2015, equal to 83% of total intake for the year.

Through its Cruelty Investigations team, Nova Scotia SPCA has the mandate to enforce animal protection laws and conduct animal investigations in the province. Cruelty Investigations made up 26% of program costs in F2015. Nova Scotia SPCA reports that its team responded to 1,626 calls of suspected mistreatment in F2015, up 34% from the year before. The team acted on behalf of 4,387 animals in F2015 and removed 167 animals from their homes.

Nova Scotia SPCA runs a veterinary hospital in Cape Breton (newly opened in 2015) and SPCA clinic in Dartmouth that offer medical services for animals in need. Veterinary services and medications made up 19% of program costs in F2015. The charity’s spay and neuter clinics performed 3,465 surgeries in F2015. Nova Scotia SPCA reports that its spay/neuter activities reduced the stray cat population by 504 cats. In the coming year, the charity hopes to start its new SPCA Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic. Nova Scotia SPCA hopes that this new service will help combat feral cat overpopulation and provide care to other high-risk animal populations in the province.

Financial Review:

Nova Scotia SPCA is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.3m in F2015. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. $0.35 of every donated dollar goes toward overhead costs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Nova Scotia SPCA funding reserves of $998k can cover only 88% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Nova Scotia SPCA. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 19, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.6%19.0%6.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.2%26.9%3.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 87.7%61.8%60.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,300,806871,4271,292,319
Goods in kind 11,00024,00023,639
Government funding 240,000180,000100,000
Fees for service 554,348526,738494,322
Investment income 12,08321,05228,982
Total revenues 2,118,2371,623,2171,939,262
Program costs 1,137,2121,111,8021,304,659
Administrative costs 348,723303,837123,027
Fundraising costs 236,564234,16545,348
Other costs (95,000)9,7150
Cash flow from operations 490,738(36,302)466,228
Funding reserves 997,669687,215788,498
Note: Ci included investment income and gain on marketable securities in investment income, increasing total revenues by $12k in F2015, $21k in F2014 and $29k in F2013.

Comments added by the Charity:

In 2011, the Society saved 8,005 animals through cruelty investigations and through intake via its provincial network of branches. The Society addressed 18,000 calls to its provincial office concerning the welfare of animals in the province. In 2012, we anticipate helping more than 11,000!

2012 Results (January to July, 2012)

    • Intake is up 16% over 2011 for the same period


    • Adoption rates are up by 25% at the Provincial Animal Shelter and 21% for the entire province


    • Each branch has developed additional foster based capacity and are utilizing pet retail stores to add profile to adoptables and increase animal flow


    • Cruelty investigations are again on the rise over 2011 and there has been a 33% increase in intake related to animal cruelty


    • The inspectorate has a 100% conviction rate


    • Investigative costs are 92% more efficient than government counterparts in the Department of Agriculture and 63% more efficient than the next more efficient provincial SPCA polled


Awards and Recognition

International Summit on Urban Animal Strategies

    • Wellness (2010): Palliative Care Foster Program


    • Education (2010): Girl Guide Education Program


    • Leadership (2010): In Recognition of Executive Director’s Leadership in Welfare Sector


    • Communication (2011): Youth Art Contest


  • Homing (2012): Off-site Retail Partnership


Iams Local Heroes Canadian Contest

  • Sheltering (2010): Palliative Care Foster Program

Chamber of Commerce

  • Top Newsmaker (2011)

Advocacy and Education

The Nova Scotia SPCA remains actively engaged with all stakeholders that have a role to play in the protection of animals. In 2010, the Society helped to usher in new animal welfare legislation and in 2011, effectively advocated for additional amendments. These changes have resulted in improved functioning of the legislation, greater authority for the SPCA’s inspectorate and enhanced flexibility for courts to assign penalties.

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