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Montreal SPCA

5215 Jean-Talon West
Montreal, QC H4P 1X4
Executive Director: Elise Desaulniers
Board President: Isabelle Brodeur

Charitable Reg. #: 11921 9954 RR0001
Sector: Animal Welfare
Operating Charity

Donor Accountability

Grade: C+

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 #57

Avg. Compensation $66,864

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 2
$40k - $80k 8
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Montreal SPCA:

Founded in 1869, Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Montreal SPCA) is Canada's first animal protection charity and the largest humane society in Quebec. Its mission is to protect animals against negligence, abuse and exploitation, represent animals’ best interests and ensure their well-being, and raise public awareness and develop compassion for all living beings. Montreal SPCA’s activities include animal care, animal inspections & investigations, a lost & found program, a foster program, spay & neuter programs, and advocacy.

Montreal SPCA runs a shelter – the Annexe – to care for animals in need. The Annexe helps animals with special behavioral or medical needs, animals awaiting transfer to other places, and animals brought in from seizures or extreme hoarding situations. Montreal SPCA reports that seven staff and 50 volunteers run the shelter and since inception, thousands of animals have been placed due to the program.

Montreal SPCA’s spay & neuter activities include the Trap-Neuter-Release-and-Maintain (TNRM) program and the Mittens-Montreal SPCA Targeted Permanent Sterilization Clinic. Mittens-Montreal was newly introduced in 2015 after the charity received a large donation to fund renovations to build the clinic. Both programs work to reduce the cat and dog overpopulation problem in the city. In 2015, Montreal SPCA reports sterilizing 914 animals.

Through its Inspections & Investigations Department, Montreal SPCA enforces laws protecting animals from crime. The charity’s six inspectors conduct investigations to enforce these laws in response to reports of abuse, neglect and abandonment. In 2015, the department received and investigated 1,339 new complaints and conducted inspection of 1,945 animals. Inspectors seized 659 animals because of these investigations, and the charity reports laying several crime and penal charges as well.

With its new advocacy program, Montreal SPCA fights for improved animal protection laws in Quebec. In 2015, the charity reports it played a key role in passing Bill 54, an Act to Improve the legal situations of animals, which passed in December. Montreal SPCA also reports collecting over 22,000 signatures for its Keeping Families Together campaign between March and June of 2015; the campaign aims to eliminate no-pet clauses in lease agreements.

In its most recent 2015 annual report, Montreal SPCA reports caring for 15,008 animals in total – this includes 8,635 cats, 2,132 dogs, 2,113 wild animals, and 1,214 exotic animals. Based on total operating costs for the year, Montreal SPCA spent an average of $492 per animal.

Financial Review:

Charity Intelligence analyzed the Montreal SPCA’s french audited financial statements to the best of our abilities but we recognize that detailed financial information is beyond our linguistic expertise. Material omissions may not be reflected in Charity Intelligence’s analysis.

Montreal SPCA is a big-cap charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $5.7m in F2015. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues and fundraising costs are 35% of donations and special events fundraising. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.63 goes towards its programs, which falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci could not allocate salaries and rent costs between administrative and program costs – common expenses are reported entirely in program costs. When using administrative costs as reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filing, administrative costs increase to 12% of revenues.

Montreal SPCA’s net funding reserves are ($448k) – interest-bearing liabilities exceed liquid assets. There is a large funding need.

Montreal SPCA uses external fundraisers as parts of its fundraising activities. In F2015, Montreal SPCA reports external fundraising costs of $1.7m. External fundraisers raised $3.7m on behalf of the charity. Per dollar donated to external fundraisers, Montreal SPCA receives $0.55.

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

Updated on June 15, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.7%2.5%8.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 34.5%40.2%37.6%
Program cost coverage (%) (9%)(2.1%)6.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 5,4685,2385,921
Goods in kind 431510
Government funding 971866876
Fees for service 1,2001,0631,195
Business activities (net) 696460
Special events 152218106
Investment income 4046
Total revenues 7,9077,4658,213
Program costs 4,9804,6144,295
Administrative costs 210183671
Fundraising costs 1,9412,1922,269
Other costs 251236193
Cash flow from operations 525240785
Funding reserves (448)(95)296
Note: Ci reported telephone donations and subscription donations gross of fundraising costs in revenues, increasing both revenues and expenses by $1.7m in F2015, $1.9m in F2014 and $2.1m in F2013. Ci reported sales of accessories net of direct expenses in business activities, decreasing revenues and expenses by $166k in F2015, $156k in F2014 and $133k in F2013. Ci reported all interest-related expenses in other costs. Based on expensed donations run through the charity’s income statement, Ci reported donated goods in kind figures and backed the amounts out of donations.

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