The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) in Quebec gets its head out of the water. The organization is on track to return to financial health in 2019.
“Without a major change in the finances, it was the survival of the SPA in the medium term that was questioned,” concedes Felix Tremblay, president of the Quebec organization, adding that the animal shelter has reduced by approximately 94% its deficit in 2018.
To refresh his memory, in 2017, the SPA, which has about twenty employees, had been forced to write the figure of $ 300,000 in red pencil in his budget. The latter oscillates annually around $ 1.2 million.
Last year, the balance sheet was also negative, but it was just under $ 20,000. To assume its losses, the organization had to dig into its “reserve fund,” notes management.
“Today we can say that a very large part of the recovery effort has been successfully completed,” says Tremblay. “What we can be most proud of is that our budget austerity actions did not have a negative impact on the shelter’s animal population,” he continues.
Among the various measures put in place in recent months to restore finances, the management has, among other things, reviewed the institution’s opening hours for the general public, increased its adoption fees and deployed a new practice to better orient animals to new families. This method has reduced the length of stay of animals at the SPA Quebec City about 36 hours.
“That’s thousands of dollars in savings,” says the president. “We did not give our employees enough time to handle all the cases. Before, the animal was evaluated only two or three days after arrival. If there was an infection, it had sometimes degenerated, so we had to do more to treat it, “he says.
As other factors that have also contributed to the improvement of the portfolio, the number of targeted sterilizations has increased. Last year, this service recorded revenues of approximately $ 25,300, compared to $ 9,350 in 2017. In addition, the number of adoptions also increased by 2% over the previous year, with a total of 1929 animals that have found a new home.