Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

16586 Woodbine Avenue
Stouffville, ON L4A 2W3
CEO: Doug Brooks
Board Chair: Adam Delle Case

Charitable Reg. #:88969 1044 RR0002


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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) 68 cents are available for programs.

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About Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a 4-star charity that is financially transparent. For every dollar donated, 68 cents are available to go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $35.5m in reserve funds which is enough to cover two years and almost ten months of program costs.

Founded in 1873, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) works to ensure animal wellbeing in Ontario. The charity provides shelter care, medical assistance, and adoption services for animals across the province. OSPCA values all animals and engages its communities to treat animals with respect and kindness. OSPCA ran two main programs in F2023: Animal Care and Adoption, and Community Outreach and Education. In 2023, OSPCA spent $12.3m on these programs, a 32% increase from 2022.

Animal Care and Adoption was 93% of program spending. This includes adoption services, lost animal care, shelter care, medical procedures, and shelter transfers. In 2023, OSPCA supported 40 dogs in a rehab center, performed 96 dental procedures, gave 648 wellness checks, and gave 5,502 vaccinations. In 2023, OSPCA performed 7,152 spay/neuter surgeries which is a 6% increase from 2022.

Community Outreach and Education was 7% of program spending. This includes mobile wellness services like the Neuter Scooter, feral cat support programs, emergency sheltering, northern outreach, and the pet food distribution program. In 2023, OSPCA’s community support services webpage received 113,000 views, a 225% increase from 2022. In 2023, OSPCA also distributed 528,290 lb of food, provided 1,549 days of emergency boarding to displaced animals, and had 181 winter shelters built for feral cats. For its Northern Outreach program, the charity transferred 232 animals to new homes and distributed 232,432 lb of food.

OSPCA’s Education services provide presentations on animal care and advocacy to students in grades 1-8. In 2023, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals delivered 355 presentations to 7,346 students.


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Results and Impact

The following results are from the 2023 impact report: 

4,041 animals were adopted including 1,166 dogs, 2,617 cats, 250 small animals, and 8 birds. Out of the 4,041 animals adopted this year, only 7% were returned to the shelter. Also, 737 lost animals were reunited with their families. From the wellness and rehabilitation centre, 25 dogs were adopted. Due to the spay/neuter surgeries, 410,000+ potential offspring were prevented. 

While Ci highlights these results, they may not be a complete representation of Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ results and impact. Ci has not yet rated OSPCA on impact (n/r). 

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Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received $17.4m in donations, a 10% increase from $15.8m in 2022. In 2023, OSPCA also received $1.0m in government funding. Administrative costs are 18% of revenue and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. Overhead costs are 32% meaning that for every dollar donated, 68 cents are available for programs. In 2023, program costs of $12.3m were 53% of total revenue. 

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has reserve funds of $35.5m. This is an 11% increase from $31.9m in 2022. In 2023, the reserve funds can cover two years and ten months of annual program costs.

Profile updated on May 30, 2024 by Abby Stout

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 18.2%18.3%19.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.4%13.6%10.7%
Total overhead spending 31.6%31.8%30.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 281.2%333.8%289.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 17,44115,83816,389
Goods in kind 1385355
Government funding 1,0059463,011
Fees for service 2,9392,5891,464
Investment income 1,654237516
Other income 231231213
Total revenues 23,40919,89421,649
Program costs 12,3299,3429,289
Grants 0096
Administrative costs 3,9603,5934,169
Fundraising costs 2,3342,1451,754
Other costs 174219191
Total spending 18,79715,29915,499
Cash flow from operations 4,6124,5966,150
Capital spending 1,142788446
Funding reserves 35,54531,93227,761

Note: LEGACIES: Ci included legacies in donations, increasing total revenue by $10.0m in 2023, $7.8m in 2022, and $9.0m in 2021. DEFERRED REVENUE: To report on a cash-basis, Ci adjusted for deferred revenue. This affected revenue by ($14k) in 2023, $30k in 2022, and $14k in 2021. GRANTS: Ci included grants to OSPCA affiliates and Humane Societies in grants, increasing expenses by $nil in 2023, $nil in 2022, and $96k in 2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 171

Avg. compensation: $50,988

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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About Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being.

With 12 animal centre locations across the province, as well as two spay/neuter services locations accessible to the public, the Ontario SPCA is an integral part of each community, promoting mutually beneficial human-animal interactions

Mission-based programs include:

  • Community-based sheltering
  • Animal wellness services
  • Provincial animal transfers
  • Shelter health & wellness
  • High-volume spay/neuter services
  • Animal rescue
  • Animal advocacy
  • Indigenous partnership programs
  • Humane education

Helping animals during covid

To support animal centres as they continued their essential services during COVID-19, and to assist families across Ontario struggling to care for their animals, the Ontario SPCA launched the Urgent Animal Care Fund in 2020.

Food was one of the biggest needs; by the end of 2020, more than 500,000 lbs of food for animals had been distributed across the province thanks to the generosity of donors and corporate partners.

Deemed an essential service by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario SPCA was able to remain open by appointment during the pandemic. After careful consideration and research to determine the best way to keep communities safe, limited contact adoptions were introduced at Ontario SPCA animal centres.  Over 3,400 animals found loving homes through the Ontario SPCA in 2020.

A limited contact approach was also implemented in the Ontario SPCA’s spay/neuter services locations in Barrie and Stouffivlle. A total of 4,539 spay/neuter procedures were performed in 2020, preventing an estimated 209,000 offspring. The SPCA’s Mobile Animal Wellness Services Units also made four community stops in 2020, performing 319 spay/neuter surgeries, which prevented an estimated 12,600 offspring. 

*Note: provincially mandated lockdowns and restrictions to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 affected programs, services and adoption statistics in 2020.


Charity Contact

Website: www.ontariospca.ca
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