Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston SPCA

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Houston SPCA
Address: 900 Portway Drive
  Houston, TX 77024
Phone: 713-869-7722
Web Address:
Also known as:Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1924, Texas
Affiliates: The Wildlife Center of Texas
Stated Purpose: To promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston SPCA meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Houston SPCA provides the following programs and services: Adoptions (placed over 11,000 animals in 2013), sheltering of all animals, cruelty investigations (investigated over 7,000 cases of abuse and cruelty in 2013), 24-Hour animal rescue ambulance (over 3,000 animals were rescued from immediate danger and distress), disaster relief and rescue, foster care, spay/neuter of all animals prior to placement, humane education, lost and found e-bulletin board, PetSafe, and aniMeals on Wheels in partnership with Interfaith Ministries.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Houston SPCA's program expenses were:

Program services 6,050,427
Total Program Expenses: $6,050,427
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Chief Executive : Patricia E. Mercer, President

Chair of the Board: Martha Seng
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Architect, Jackson & Ryan Architects

Board Size: 12

Paid Staff Size: 100

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,593,235, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Houston SPCA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Direct Mail 1,709,043
Investment Income 1,676,232
Trusts and Bequests 1,373,946
Contributions 1,057,786
Capital Campaign 829,853
Fundraising 817,794
Adoptions 813,035
Online Contributions 575,670
Fees for Services 253,690
Foundations 229,143
Admissions 172,081
Other 122,314
Total Income $9,630,587


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $9,630,587
Program expenses $6,050,427
Fund raising expenses 755,417
Administrative expenses 507,326
Total expenses $7,313,170
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,317,417
Beginning net assets 32,720,683
Ending net assets 35,038,100
Total liabilities 4,137,940
Total assets $39,176,040

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The BBB processed a total of 2 complaint(s) about this business in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period. Of the total 2 complaint(s) closed in the last 36 months, 0 were closed in the last 12 months. 

These complaints concerned:
1 regarding Advertising Issues
1 regarding Refund / Exchange Issues
These complaints were closed as:
2 Resolved
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