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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Houston SPCA

Promoting commitment to and respect for all animals and freeing them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation.

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four stars

91.01

7007 Old Katy Road Houston, TX 77024
tel: (713) 869-7722   Web Site
EIN: 74-1287171

Board Leadership
Douglas Clarke
Board Chair

CEO
Patricia Mercer
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.01 four stars
  Financial 87.29 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1924, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Houston SPCA) is Houston's first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation. The Houston SPCA provides quality, humane care to companion, farm, equine, wild, and exotic animals. All programs offered by the Houston SPCA -- excluding adoptions, relinquishment, and Critter Camp -- are free of charge. We proudly place 100% of our healthy adoptable animals into new homes.

Founded in 1924, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Houston SPCA) is Houston's first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Our mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation. The Houston SPCA provides quality, humane care to companion, farm, equine, wild, and exotic animals. All programs offered by the Houston SPCA -- excluding adoptions, relinquishment, and Critter Camp -- are free of charge. We proudly place 100% of our healthy adoptable animals into new homes.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of animals rescued
7,274
Number of animal adoptions
7,016
Number of animals spayed and neutered
4,885
Number of animals placed in foster care
2,168
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.29

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
81.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.11
  Program Expenses Growth 5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston SPCA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston SPCA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston SPCA (TX) 91.01 four stars
Animal Refuge League (ME) 86.09 three stars
Humane Indiana (IN) 91.56 four stars
Pasado's Safe Haven (WA) 98.43 four stars
MSPCA-Angell (MA) 92.20 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $19,089,003
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $765,046
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $19,854,049
   Program Service Revenue $843,028
Total Primary Revenue $20,697,077
   Other Revenue $1,843,954
TOTAL REVENUE $22,541,031
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,462,367
   Administrative Expenses $896,532
   Fundraising Expenses $1,179,805
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,538,704
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,002,327
   
Net Assets $59,110,564

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Animal Adoption, Shelter, Rescue, & Rehabilitation $8,462,367 100.0%

Ratings History
Houston SPCA has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.01 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 95.65 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 96.82 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.36 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 06/01/2015 82.80 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 88.64 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 85.85 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 83.85 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 81.71 three stars
2009-12 12/01/2011 79.40 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 74.75 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 89.08 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 93.03 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 95.70 four stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 92.96 four stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 98.69 four stars
2004-12 09/01/2006 98.78 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 90.58 four stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 87.34 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 93.50 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 74-1287171
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
NTEE Code D20
NTEE Classification Animal Protection and Welfare
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(927) Fundraising
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1948
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$291,000 2.76% Patricia E. Mercer President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston SPCA (TX) 91.01 four stars
Placer SPCA (CA) 90.22 four stars
Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester (NY) 96.13 four stars
Willamette Humane Society (OR) 91.06 four stars
Coulee Region Humane Society (WI) 91.24 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston SPCA
7007 Old Katy Road
Houston, TX 77024
tel: (713) 869-7722
fax: (713) 869-5857
EIN: 74-1287171

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Board Leadership

Douglas Clarke
Board Chair

CEO

Patricia Mercer
President & CEO

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