Winnipeg Humane Society

45 Hurst Way
Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3
CEO: Javier Schwersensky
Board Chair: Jeff Eckstein

Charitable Reg. #:11964 7907 RR0002


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 64 cents are available for programs.

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About Winnipeg Humane Society:

Winnipeg Humane Society is a 2-star rated charity. Neither Winnipeg Humane Society nor its Foundation are financially transparent. The charity has an above average results reporting grade but its overhead costs are just outside Ci’s reasonable range. Winnipeg Humane Society has $8.8m in reserve funds, which can cover a year and eight months of annual program costs.

Founded in 1894, Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest animal shelter and welfare organization in Manitoba. It works to protect animals from suffering and to support their welfare and dignity. WHS runs various programs which fall into four main buckets: shelter and animal care, clinic and medical care, advocacy and education, and investigations.

While Ci had access to the charity’s F2022 financial statements at the time of this profile update, the charity had not yet released its F2022 annual report, thus the program information below summarises the charity’s results from F2021. The charity reports it helped over 10,000 animals in F2021.

Shelter and animal care – 54% of program spending in F2021

Animal care programs include animal intake, behavior and training programs, shelter maintenance and repairs, and adoptions and foster programs. Upon arrival, each animal undergoes a behavioural and medical evaluation. In F2021, Winnipeg Humane Society took in 5,571 animals including 4,174 cats, 1,091 dogs, 284 bunnies and critters and 22 wildlife.

Clinic and medical care – 24% of program spending in F2021

The charity runs a clinic with three full-time and several part-time veterinarians who examine, treat, and perform surgery on animals from all over Manitoba. The charity’s clinic team consists of veterinarians, technologists, assistants, receptionists and volunteers. WHS reports that it completed over 5,000 surgeries in F2021 and performed 5,127 spay-neuter services. These spay-neuter procedures are a main area of focus for the charity as it tries to address cat overpopulation in Winnipeg. In addition, it provided veterinary services for 128 companion animals from remote communities in Northern Manitoba. Winnipeg Humane Society does not endorse euthanasia as a means for population control. It uses euthanasia as a last resort and employs humane methods. In F2021, WHS reports a euthanasia rate under 13%, which is its lowest rate on record.

Investigations and emergency response – 12% of program spending in F2021

The charity’s Investigations and Emergency Response department responds to concerns of animal neglect, abuse and emergent animal situations in Winnipeg. In F2021, WHS attended to 1,809 wildlife cases. It responded to 583 emergency calls and to a total of 2,748 calls.

Education and Advocacy – 10% of program spending in F2021

Winnipeg Humane Society’s Education department strives to inform people of the importance of animal welfare, empathy towards animals and responsible pet care. The charity offers courses in dog obedience, pet first aid, kid camps, shelter tours, school field trips, and more. In F2021, it held six virtual speaker series on subjects such as zoonotic disease and ethical consumerism. It delivered 28 presentations, hosted six birthday parties and had 37 drop-in centre bookings.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, Winnipeg Humane Society supported 3,661 adoptions including 2,777 cats, 743 dogs and 141 bunnies and critters. It also returned 364 animals to their owners including 262 cats, 101 dogs and 1 bunny or critter. The charity euthanized 672 animals including 556 cats, 80 dogs and 19 bunnies and 17 wildlife.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Winnipeg Humane Society’s results and impact.

This charity is not yet rated for impact (n/r).

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The Winnipeg Humane Society is not financially transparent. Its audited financial statements are not publicly available on its website.

This report represents the consolidated financial position of Winnipeg Humane Society and the Winnipeg Humane Society Foundation (the Foundation), a separate registered charity that fundraises for WHS. Similar to the operating charity, the Foundation’s audited financial statements are not publicly available.

Ci received Winnipeg Humane Society’s audited financial statements from the CRA but did not receive the Foundation’s financial statements. As such, Ci used the financial information provided on the Foundation’s T3010 filing with the CRA for the financial analysis below.

In F2022, Winnipeg Humane Society received donations and special events revenues of $4.0m. It also received $59k in donated goods-in-kind. It received $1.4m from the government, representing 17% of total revenue. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 36%, which means that for every dollar donated, 64 cents are available for programs. This is just outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Combined, WHS and the Foundation have $8.8m in reserve funds which can cover 165% or a year and eight months of annual program costs.

­­This charity report is an update that has been sent to Winnipeg Humane Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 10, 2023 by Victoria Allder.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 13.8%7.9%11.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 21.9%15.4%26.3%
Total overhead spending 35.7%23.3%38.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 164.7%175.1%80.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,3605,0932,680
Goods in kind 59100141
Government funding 1,3842,1881,462
Fees for service 2,2521,9512,100
Business activities (net) 10810592
Special events 634601634
Investment income 5071,138160
Other income 8381048
Total revenues 8,38711,9867,317
Program costs 5,2904,6704,844
Grants 48542,561
Donated goods exp 11014890
Administrative costs 1,088856851
Fundraising costs 876877871
Other costs 5349262
Total spending 7,4656,6539,480
Cash flow from operations 9225,332(2,163)
Capital spending 22980122
Funding reserves 8,7918,2745,961

Note: To consolidate Winnipeg Humane Society (the operating charity)’s financial information with that of the Foundation, Ci used the financial information provided on the Foundation’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci adjusted for deferred revenue, affecting donations by ($129k) in F2022, $109k in F2021 and $92k in F2020. Ci backed out general and shelter gifts-in-kind from donations and included these as goods-in-kind. Ci reported the charity’s government funding from its T3010 filing with the CRA and backed out these amounts from donations. Ci reported sales net of retail operation expenses in business activities, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $137k in F2022, $88k in F2021 and $173k in F2020. The consolidation of the operating charity’s audited financial statements with the Foundation’s resulted in revenues and expenses decreasing by the amounts exchanged by these two parties reported above the line. This resulted in revenues decreasing by $355k in F2022, $1.0m in F2021 and nil in F2020 and expenses decreasing by $165k in F2022, $162k in F2021 and nil in F2020. Ci backed out the operating charity’s amortization pro-rata from program, administrative and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 86

Avg. compensation: $48,013

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
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Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The charity added these comments to a previous profile. Ci hopes that updated comments will be provided shortly.

The original incorporation papers for the Winnipeg Humane Society are dated April 11, 1895.  It was through the volunteer efforts of a small band of Winnipegger’s, which included two future mayors, that The Winnipeg Humane Society for the Protection of Women, Children and Animals was launched.  Today the WHS is far different from the original starting effort yet our mission remains exactly the same.  I am very sure that the original small band would be extremely proud of the work being undertaken by our generation.  In 1895 there was no such thing as “puppy mills.”  Huge operations solely dedicated to the production and selling of puppies for a profit.

In January of 2012 The WHS assisted the Chief Veterinarian’s Office in closing down another one of these dreadful operations.  This one contained a mix of breeds, both poodles and bulldogs.  The 79 dogs were living inside plastic crates, the kind you would use for transporting your dog.  Some were living with two or three to a crate.  The small band from 1895 would be shocked to the core to witness what we are dealing with today.  We rescued dogs forced to stand for endless periods in their own urine and feces.  Many of the bull dogs had serious foot infections and required numerous treatments and foot baths before becoming ready for adoption.  No vaccinations, no dental care, not even any exercise!  What a heartbreaking scene for our staff to witness.

During this operation we couldn’t help but think of conditions in 1895.  We asked ourselves, has anything changed since 1895?  Is cruelty just the same but on a larger scale? Why are we still dealing with animal abuse and cruelty?  Can’t human society change?  We have to believe that it can and it is only with the help and support from people like you that we can continue to strive to reach that goal.  Please consider supporting our work for the animals.

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