Edmonton Humane Society

13620 - 163 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5V 0B2
CEO: Liza Sunley
Board Chair: Summer Bradko

Charitable Reg. #:11923 1066 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



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) 56 cents are available for programs.

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About Edmonton Humane Society:

Edmonton Humane Society is a 3-star charity with an above average results reporting grade. It is financially transparent and its overhead costs are outside Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Founded in 1907, Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) protects sick, injured, and homeless animals in Edmonton. EHS has one shelter in Edmonton that includes medical services, a pet shop, and a dog wash station. The charity also educates children and pet owners about caring for animals. EHS focuses on Shelter Operations and Programs and Services. 

Shelter Operations accounted for 73% of spending in F2020. The program includes animal care, adoptions, transfers, and veterinary services. In F2020, EHS cared for 2,206 animals in the shelter. This is compared to 4,646 animals in F2019. While in the shelter, 1,752 animals were neutered and 278 other surgeries were performed. 13% of animals received surgeries in F2020, an increase over 6% in F2019.  

Programs and Services accounted for the remaining 26% of program spending in F2020. This program includes education and training for pet owners, dog training classes, cremation services, dog parks and others. The charity's two neuter services, Trap-Neuter-Return and Prevent Another Litter (PALS), work to prevent unwanted litters. PALS neutered 523 dogs and cats from low-income families in F2020. Trap-Neuter-Return performed free spays and neuters on 28 feral cats in the Edmonton area in F2020.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, Edmonton Humane Society found new homes for 1,907 animals. This is a 50% decrease over 3,850 adoptions in F2019. 65 animals were returned to their guardian in F2020. Not including the number of animals returned to owners or transferred, Ci calculated that 94% of admitted animals were adopted in F2020. This is an improvement over the calculated 89% adoption rate in F2019.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Edmonton Humane Society’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).  

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Edmonton Humane Society has donations of $4.1m in F2020. This is a 47% decrease from F2019 donations. The charity received $598k in government funding, representing 10% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 15% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 29% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 44%. For every dollar donated, 56 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. This may be due to the charity's decrease in donations and revenues but comparable administrative and fundraising costs.

EHS has $12.0m in funding reserves. The charity could cover 278% or around two years and nine months of annual program costs with current reserves.

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

Updated on July 20, 2021 by Brenleigh Jebb.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 15.0%5.8%9.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 29.0%15.9%24.9%
Total overhead spending 44.0%21.6%34.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 291.6%202.9%190.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,0527,6155,727
Government funding 59800
Fees for service 1,3192,1932,407
Investment income 237462(72)
Total revenues 6,20510,2698,061
Program costs 4,1055,9755,245
Administrative costs 898565749
Fundraising costs 1,1741,2071,427
Total spending 6,1767,7477,421
Cash flow from operations 292,523640
Capital spending 104404862
Funding reserves 11,96712,1269,976

Note: EHS does not report administrative costs in its audited financial statements. As a result, Ci reported administrative costs as the difference between reported overhead costs on the charity's T3010 CRA filings and fundraising costs reported in the audited financial statements. Ci backed out the difference between reported total expenses in the T3010 and audited financial statements from program costs. In F2020, Ci included the government wage subsidy in both government funding and in program and fundraising costs, increasing total revenues and expenses by $598k. Ci backed amortization out of program costs. Ci reported unrealized gain on investments, affecting revenue by $129k in F2020, $334k in F2019, and ($166k) in F2018. Ci adjusted for deferred contributions and deferred capital contributions affecting donations by ($502k) in F2020, $2.1m in F2019, and ($292k) in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 67

Avg. compensation: $48,963

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 F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.edmontonhumanesociety.com
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 780-471-1774


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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001