118 Falcon Road, Box 2278
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P7
President: Nicole Spencer
Vice President: Dana L Martin

Charitable Reg. #:88610 0791 RR0001


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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a 4-star rated, financially transparent charity. It has an average results reporting grade and its overhead spending is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has $469k in reserve funds, which can cover a year of program costs.

Founded in 1988 and based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NWT SPCA) works to improve the quality of life for all pets in the North. The charity runs a 3,200-square foot shelter that opened in October 2012. Other programs include a Community Spay and Neuter program, a Northern Community Pet Food and Supplies program, the Northern Dog Transfer Network, a foster program and a community vaccination clinic. The charity does not provide a total program spending, nor does it provide a breakdown of its spending for each program. 

In F2022, NWT SPCA’s shelter took in 361 dogs, 98 cats, and 6 small animals. Most animals came from the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories. The charity reports that 54% of the cats it received in F2022 were from Alberta, which has an overpopulation of cats.

The charity had nine community animal health clinics in F2022. The charity performs spay and neuter surgeries, as well as deworming and vaccinations. Since NWT SPCA serves a large area of northern Canada, animals are often flown to the shelter to receive vaccinations or surgeries.  

NWT SPCA also focuses on transportation with its Northern Dog Transfer Network program. The charity reports that it transports hundreds of dogs out of the province and to southern rescue organizations each year, to find possible fosters or adoptions.

NWT SPCA runs the Northern Pet Food Pantry program, which provides hundreds of pounds of pet supplies to communities in need. The charity also runs a foster program and education programs.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals enabled the adoption of 197 dogs, 131 cats and 6 critters in the Northwest Territories. Another 21 dogs found homes outside the Northwest Territories.

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

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

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NWT SPCA’s financial statements are unaudited. The charity is financially transparent as its financial statements are publicly available on its website.

NWT SPCA is a small charity with donations and special event revenues of $635k in F2022. The charity received $41k in government funding representing 6% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 17% of revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 20%. This means that for every dollar donated, 80 cents are available for programs. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

NWT SPCA has $469k in funding reserves. The charity could cover 98% or just under a year of annual program costs with current reserves.  

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

Updated on July 4, 2023 by Victoria Allder.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 17.0%12.7%5.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.4%3.8%11.0%
Total overhead spending 20.4%16.6%16.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 97.6%89.4%53.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 416,531418,627319,336
Government funding 41,03444,41353,312
Fees for service 5,780219,21869,519
Business activities (net) 000
Special events 218,75446,145110,798
Investment income 2112430
Other income 00154,396
Total revenues 682,310728,646707,361
Program costs 466,954491,378553,650
Grants 13,1395,0000
Administrative costs 116,08892,76636,440
Fundraising costs 21,75917,76447,085
Other costs (525)3,6020
Total spending 617,415610,510637,175
Cash flow from operations 64,895118,13670,186
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 468,722443,557293,959

Note: The charity’s financial statements did not disclose any breakdown of revenue so Ci reported donations, fees for service, interest income, revenue from fundraising and other revenue from the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Ci reported revenue from fundraising as special events revenue. Ci allocated individual line items into expense buckets as deemed appropriate but recognizes that allocations differ substantially from figures reported in the charity’s T3010 CRA filings. The fundraising values reported on the charity's financial statement are much lower than those reported on its T3010 filing. The latter seem more accurate, so Ci reported fundraising expenses from the charity's T3010 filing and backed these out of administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. compensation: $4,232

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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Charity Contact

Website: www.nwtspca.ca
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001