HSUS CEO Has a $1.1 Million Mansion—Which He’s Hiding From Donors

When we tell people that only 1% of the money raised by the so-called “Humane Society” of the United States goes to pet shelters, predictably people want to know where the rest of the money goes. A lot of it is spent on overhead, pension plans, and staff salaries—including a hefty pay package for CEO Wayne Pacelle. Pacelle has taken in about $4 million through HSUS, and the payout appears to have afforded him an elegant $1.1 million Tudor-style home in the uber-wealthy community of Chevy Chase, Md., just outside our nation’s capital.

According to records, the house was purchased last fall, apparently with all cash. More intriguingly, it was purchased through a legal scheme that intentionally hides the name of the buyer. It’s a system used by the rich and famous to hide the purchasers in a real-estate transaction.  Pacelle’s new digs is owned by a legal entity without his name attached. The transaction was handled by David A. Deckelbaum, a Washington lawyer who specializes in this concealment system for wealthy clients.

And this $1.1 million property is on top of the $800,000 apartment Pacelle owns in Washington, D.C. For all of the complaints about pork farming that Pacelle makes, he sure knows how to live high on the hog.

To be clear: We don’t begrudge anyone who is financially successful–provided that the money isn’t generated through scams or other unethical activity.

And we can’t be sure that HSUS donors may not have totally funded the Pacelle’s million-dollar mansion. It’s quite possible that his wife, who works for Al Jazeera America, could have chipped in. And who’s bankrolling her paycheck? Al Jazeera is funded by the government of Qatar—a country that funds or accommodates terrorist groups including Hamas and al Qaeda. To get an idea of what Al Jazeera thinks of America, look no further than its nasty Fourth of July video mocking Americans. And we won’t even get into HSUS’s development officer who once offered to conceal money from shady Middle Eastern interests including the Muslim Brotherhood, which is at the center of much terrorism in the world.

Wayne Pacelle’s mansion may have been funded by little old ladies who thought they were helping pets. Or maybe the upstream source of the cash is Middle Eastern terrorism backers. Hard to say. One way or the other, the head of HSUS doesn’t want you to know.

Posted on 12/10/2015 at 10:45 am by Humane Watch Team.

Topics: Executive StaffFundraising & Money


  • MisterCadet

    I think this cretin has a new book coming out early next year. Last time I checked, the title was “The Humane Economy.”

    Nice digging, Humane Watch.

  • KMWP lies to the people

    Pacelle is nothing but scum.

    • Dog Lover

      Yeah, I used to like him because I thought he was a good speaker, and found his voice relaxing. But I am not naive anymore. He is a scum of the earth. In some ways he is even worse than animal abusers.

  • Greg white

    I think it would be a great thing to have a donation for humane watch to make some commercials to expose hsus, aspca,and pita for what they really want. To stop all animal use. Attack farmers,…we ( the farmers,hunters,fishermen,…) need to show people who know nothing about farming besides a song about old McDonald.what really goes on. What their main objectives are. The worse thing a farmer can do is abuse his or her animals. Which causes stress. The main thing a farmer try’s to keep from doing otherwise it becomes unprofitable. Which is exactly what hsus wants it to do. Ask for donations. They will come. I’ll be the first.

  • Daniel Corral Jr

    I never give them money and I never will.

  • Isschade

    MONEY is the name of the game and the same goes with ASPCA and PETA… they do NOTHING to help animals. ASPCA does NOT own a shelter and PETA’s kill rate is 95% consistently for over a decade. Their only goal is to line their pockets and take animals from honest people. GIVE ONLY to your local shelters. Volunteer your time… donate food, toys, blankets or whatever else they need to actually SAVE animals.

  • Carol

    Yes, how come whenever websites list the “outrageous” salaries of other non-profit organizations (like Good Will, The Salvation Army, etc.), they NEVER mention HSUS?

    • PeteAG

      It’s absolutely false to accuse the Salvation Army of paying high salaries.

  • pajamakat

    I received your postcard in the mail. Thought it was junk. Then I saw the cat with the pink background. So glad you exposed these people. A bit shocked I must say. They will never get another penny from me.

  • Deb Spanhake

    just wrong those of us who want to give and know our money isn’t going to the animals but to ceo grand lifestyle really? and the animals do without? can t something be done on that these funds are allocated more of 90 % to animals? if I ceo needs to be pay that kind of money then he and his position should be abolished for it is all about the animals and they aren’t t getting what us animal.lovers want to give for their welfare organizations with such a big name lose their objective and now come political animals die because if it is hope the next president is a avid animal.lover and does something to regulate these big names for animals need good people places homes love someone fighting NOTE NO HOPE

  • MisterCadet

    It’s now $107 million stashed in the Caribbean but who’s counting? I’ve been wondering if the extra $55 million HSUS funneled to Cayman Islands hedge funds in 2014 is related to the investigation-related shutdown of it’s money laundering depot in Hong Kong. Hard to tell since HSUS and HSI have had more scandals than the Clintons and their finances are just as murky.

  • dogger

    He should know that in this age of FB,twitter,emails,cell phones,videos,surveillance cameras every other block that this sort of dealing will come out soon enough!? Then again if you are an egotistical.arrogant little shit you figure the average donater on the street isn’t smart enough to figure anything out since they haven’t seemed to figure his Barnum Bailey hustler routine after twenty years!? The good news is that donations to his little cartel have sharpely fallen off and Brian Klippenstien coming in as the head of the USDA will further curtail this terrorist group and it’s mercenaries!! Brian is the head of protect the harvest group and very pro farmer,rancher and pet ownership,time to kick HSUS to the curb where they belong!!