About

Mission

To prevent animal homelessness in our community and provide care and assistance to animals in need

The Humane Society of Pinellas is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been caring for animals and our community since 1949. The Humane Society of Pinellas is dedicated to providing individualized care for every animal that comes our way and we ensure that every treatable animal is treated. This means we have made a promise to our community that no animal will be euthanized for a treatable condition.

 As Pinellas County’s largest no-kill animal shelter, we do not receive any State or Federal tax dollars, or funding from any national animal organizations including the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA.


Shelter Staff

The Humane Society of Pinellas employs experienced, professional and compassionate staff.

Humane Society Directors


Paloff

David Paloff

Chief Executive Officer (acting) / Director of Operations

David was in the public safety field for over 20 years serving in various roles such as Firefighter/EMT, Lieutenant, Captain, Chief EMS Coordinator and Emergency Management Coordinator.  He found his passion for animal welfare when he went to train as a K9 handler for Search and Rescue and it quickly progressed into helping others train for similar roles.  In 2015, David had the opportunity to become the Assistant Director for a municipal animal services agency where he spent the next 2 ½ years learning the trade.  In 2018 David was drawn back into the public safety field but quickly realized his passion and heart was in animal welfare when he made it back into the field in July 2020 as the Director of Operations for HSP. 

Some of David’s hobbies are camping in his travel trailer as much as possible, he is an avid football fan and loves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he has recently taken on organic vegetable gardening.


Brenton Gallas, DVM

Medical Director

Brenton was born in Youngstown, Ohio into a family that supported his love and curiosity of animals. Two of his favorite childhood pets include Fred and Ethel, a fun loving pair of Pekin ducks. He graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida after earning a degree in business from Fordham University, as well as a degree in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida. Brenton has worked with animals for over 16 years, starting as a veterinary assistant during high school in northeast Ohio. Since then he has worked in several animal care settings and with many different animals, including manatees! His interests include surgery, preventative veterinary care, and healthy behavior.
 
Brenton most enjoys partnering with pet owners and community members towards improving the overall wellness of pets in our neighborhood and working to end pet homelessness. In his free time, Brenton likes to go on outdoor adventures with his partner Sarah Grace, as well as relax at home with their pets: Comrade the snuggly dog, Albie (“Pudd”) the mischievous cat, and two sun-loving turtles. Most recently Brenton and Sarah Grace have ventured into the world of backyard chicken raising with their very own flock of very beautiful and rambunctious hens: Lulabelle, Darcy, Samara, and Lena (who should be laying their very first eggs any day now!). 


Meg Lokey, CFRE

Director of Development

Meg joined our HSP team in July of 2022. Before joining our team, Meg served as Executive Director of The Payton Wright Foundation and previously as Development Director of The Clearwater Free Clinic. She brings over 20 years of fundraising experience to our shelter. In 2002, Meg received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Florida. Her passion for philanthropy has been a lifelong venture.

Born and raised in Pinellas County, Meg takes great pride in her community. She is a graduating member of Leadership Pinellas class of 2017 (best class ever), a sustainer with the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, and has served on numerous fundraising committees throughout the area including Silver Coffee, and Martinis + Matisse.

Her passion and commitment to animal welfare and her furbaby, Maisy, are a great addition to our development team. She hopes to make our area an even better place to live for all, whether you walk on four legs or two.


Board of Directors

The Humane Society of Pinellas is governed by a Board of Directors that volunteer their time to support HSP’s mission and improve the lives of animals in the Pinellas County area.

Chair

Kim Mahoney, RN, BSN, MBA

Former Owner Medical Diagnostic Businesses

Vice Chair

Helen henwood

Community Philanthropist

Director

steve sika

President & CEO, Nurses Choice, Inc

Director

Mike Oliviero

Promotions Director, Cox Media

Director

Brent Gordon

Attorney, The Gordon Law Firm

Secretary

wendy watson, dvm

Owner & President,Trinity Oaks Pet Wellness Center

Director

Scott kistler, MHA

Vice President for Strategy & Business Development, Empath Health

Director

Kelli Weaver, VMD, DACVIM

Internal Medicine Specialist, Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care Center

Treasurer

ROBERT BRINK, CPA

Hacker, Johnson and Smith PA

Director

Dara cooley

Trial Attorney, Dara Cooley Law, PA

Director

Kit van Pelt

Attorney, Griffin & Van Pelt, PA

Please note the HSP Board of Directors do not have direct emails or phone numbers through HSP. Communication with the Board can be provided through the Chief Executive Director at [email protected].

Want to work at the Humane Society of Pinellas?

The best professions are those that allow you to do what you love every day. At the Humane Society of Pinellas, we strive to provide a work environment that excites and inspires. Check out our open positions, including veterinary internships and externships.

Statistics & Financials

 The Humane Society of Pinellas is proud of our ethical business practices and financial responsibility. Asilomar accords are a standardized way to show the condition of animals entering and exiting our shelter. This data allows anyone interested to view how many animals we save each month. 

While these numbers summarize what we do, our animals are never numbers to us – they are individual stories of hope, compassion and love.

Live Release Rate YTD: 99%
Adoptions YTD: 874


Asilomar Annual 2022

2021 HSP INFOGRAPHIC

Live Release Rate YTD: 99%
Adoptions YTD: 1,388


Asilomar Annual 2021

2021 HSP INFOGRAPHIC

Live Release Rate YTD: 99%
Adoptions YTD: 2,146


Asilomar Annual 2020

2020 HSP INFOGRAPHIC

2020 IRS 990 Form

2020 Financial Statement

Live Release Rate: 99%
Adoptions 2019: 2664
Adoption Conversion Rate: 95.2%*


Annual Asilomar Report 2019

2019 HSP Infographic

2019 IRS Form 990

2019 & 2018 Financial Statement

Live Release Rate: 98%
Adoptions 2018: 2477
Adoption Conversion Rate: 92%*


Annual Asilomar Report 2018

2018 IRS Form 990

Annual Report 2018

2018 & 2019 Financial Statement

Live Release Rate: 99%
Adoptions 2017: 2390
Adoption Conversion Rate: 95.9%*


Annual Asilomar Report 2017

2017 IRS Form 990

2017 Audited Financials

*Adoption Conversion Rate is all incoming pets who are adopted into loving homes. This excludes wildlife intake numbers, as these animals cannot be adopted.

100% OF CONTRIBUTIONS ARE RETAINED BY OUR ORGANIZATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION (REGISTRATION NUMBER SC-01422) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR VISIT 800HELPFLA.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. HSP DOES NOT USE PROFESSIONAL SOLICITORS.


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saving buddy.

Meet Best Boi Buddy! From severely injured to loved member of his forever family. Meet best boi Buddy! One and half year old Buddy sustained significant injuries when he was hit by a car. A kind stranger found Buddy on the side of the road and took him to one of HSP’s municipal partners.Buddy suffered…

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Bucky the pug.

Bucks for Bucky. Donate in honor of Bucky the pug. Bucky was a lively, spirited three-year-old black pug. His owner Eric Adeson had gotten him as a companion for his 12-year-old Puggle Sandy, who was undergoing cancer treatments last year.  Bucky gave Sandy something to live for. On Sunday, February 27, a senseless act of violence…

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