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


Jeff Voelpel

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff was born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a family of dog lovers. He was particularly influenced by his childhood best buddy, a golden retriever named Chester. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Business management and marketing. Jeff worked in the import industry for 5 years after college before realizing his true passion lies in animal care. He decided to leave Corporate America and begin pursuing a career working with animals. He immediately attended a professional dog grooming school and began composing his first business plan. Upon graduating from grooming school and a one year mentorship, Jeff opened the first of his businesses, a small grooming salon and doggie daycare facility in Cincinnati. Within 2 years of opening his first business, he was approached by a like minded customer with similar ideas about opening a much larger facility.  Jeff and his customer decided to create a partnership and soon opened The Pet Spot, one of the largest boarding and daycare facilities in the United States. After operating The Pet Spot for 10 years, Jeff and his partner decided to sell the business to a large capital investment firm and begin looking for their next adventures. Fortunately, in HSP, Jeff found the perfect home, one that allows him to combine his business experience with his love for animal rescue.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys boating, fishing, and the beautiful beaches of Pinellas County. He is joined by his beautiful wife Kellie, two amazing daughters, Alivia (12) and Aubrey (11), and the best dog ever, a goldendoodle named Murphy. Jeff and family are excited to continue adding to their fur family!


David Paloff

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!). 

Sam Rubenzer

Director of development

Sam grew up in Wisconsin surrounded by all kinds of pets.  He was especially fond of his dogs, including his first, a three-legged dog named “Dingo.”
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Sam moved to Tampa to work in Marketing and Sponsorships for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He soon adopted a wonderful little dog from the Humane Society of Tampa, and gave “Zoe” a loving home for 17 years.
Sam spent several years in the Development department for the non-profit Ruth Eckerd Hall before going to work for Visit Tampa Bay as their Director of Business Development.  He joined the Humane Society of Pinellas recently and brings over 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Fundraising.
He and his 9-year old son recently adopted a sweet little dog named “Cooper” from the Humane Society of Pinellas, and are very happy to have him as the newest member of the family.

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.


Kim Mahoney, RN, BSN, MBA

Former Owner Medical Diagnostic Businesses

Vice Chair

Joan Ghassemi

Attorney, Berkowitz and Myer


Helen henwood

Community Philanthropist


Steve sika

President & CEO, Nurses Choice, Inc


Brent Gordon

Attorney, The Gordon Law Firm


wendy watson, dvm

Owner & President,Trinity Oaks Pet Wellness Center


Scott kistler, MHA

Vice President for Strategy & Business Development, Empath Health


Kelli Weaver, VMD, DACVIM

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



Hacker, Johnson and Smith 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 Executive Director.

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: 2,146

Asilomar Annual 2020


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

Annual Asilomar Report 2019

2019 HSP Infographic

2019 IRS Form 990

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

Annual Asilomar Report 2018

2018 IRS Form 990

Annual Report 2018

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.



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