What’s This Dog Thinking?

Did you know that the Humane Society of the U.S. has a bloated staff of 900 employees? That’s one nugget we found in a recent Capitol File puff-piece on HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, and perhaps is one reason why HSUS gets a “D” grade from the American Institute of Philanthropy for blowing up to half its budget on overhead. Pacelle—who bizarrely has said “I don’t love animals or think they are cute”—recently adopted a dog, and Capitol File took the opportunity to photograph Pacelle and his new pet (excuse us, companion animal).

But that pooch doesn’t exactly look too happy to be there, does it? If you were that dog, what might be going through your head? Leave a comment below and let us know.

By the way, Pacelle makes $300,000 a year, yet his workday in the article consisted of meeting with a Congressman, working on a book deal (from which he will likely profit personally), getting a soy latte, having a 10-minute radio interview, and writing a blog—all while raking in the dough from deceptive advertising.

Nice work if you can get it. Maybe that’s why he has such a smug grin.


Posted on 09/19/2013 at 3:52 pm by Humane Watch Team.

Topics: Main


  • AWM

    he sure doesn’t look like he likes TOUCHING the dog, does he??? Look at his hands…

  • Brenda Rowalt-Shellehamer Bren

    She’s thinking…Boy is he a phony!!



  • Maria Shannon

    Yeah kinda creepy to have someone with that out look working as the Top Dog in this field. I just don’t get it? Something is not right with this man..

  • Tryin Ryan

    The dog is thinking “with all that $$ your making, you couldn’t buy me a tie from the GAP for this photo shoot!!”

  • Arlene Hauck Berry

    If you don’t care for me….get your “paws” off of me????

  • MisterCadet

    “I’m a carnivore – get me out of here!”

    That dog looks depressed. There’s a McDonalds with outdoor seating next to the Starbucks. This very cute pooch has never tasted meat or cheese but knows she will never have the great smelling burgers she craves. I wish I had shown up at their table with an order of boneless ribs (Chinese style). She’s run into my arms at 900 miles per hour and I’d have a cab waiting outside. Not only would she jump for joy, the vitamin B-12 her body requires would cure her of the biochemical component of her depression – in days.

    Wayne wouldn’t miss her, since he only gives her one half of one percent of his attention anyway. His new wife might care; it’s clearly her dog. According to the puff piece, Wayne travels 130 days a year (courtesy of donors; on top of his $300,000 salary). When he’s in town, he divides most of his time between two offices. I doubt Wayne has ever walked her. He’s using her to reform his tarnished image and I think she knows that.

    Remember Libby, his ex-girlfriend’s cat? He – technically – lived with Libby, but the way he described the situation to Carla Hall of the Los Angeles Times, it was clear he felt no bond with her. I doubt he ever “confronted” her litter box but he did pose with Libby for the NY Times, had a photo shoot with her, and regularly called her “his cat” in media interviews.

    Note that the title of the article contains the words “animal rights.” Not animal protection and not animal welfare.

  • Jack

    Wonder how long the pup lived after meeting him, over 90.0% of all animals are killed once they fall into the hands of the HSUS

  • Jan Rochester

    omg I’ve fallen into vegan hell

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  • Angel Duval

    Get me the hell out of here!!!

  • Susan James

    “Of all places to be! Help! Help!”

  • Joy

    Look at the poor look in the dogs eyes. He looks scared. I want Pacelle to know ..he is the
    main reason I just took them off my will…I say make up the difference from your stupid salary…you stupid, stupid man.

  • Kathryn Smith

    WTF? I’m Screwed!

  • elaine hanson

    If the dialog balloon belonged to Wayne I could think of a lot of ways to fill it in. Most wouldn’t be fit to print, though.
    I think the dog is wondering, “What did I do to deserve this?”

  • Jahelg

    “Hmmm…. I don’t love this human or think he’s cute. Can I please go home with someone else?”

  • WORSEKarma

    “Please, God, don’t let him give me to Michael Vick…”

  • Iheartzooanimals

    “there is no chance I’m keeping my gonads now…”

  • Anne Marie Duhon

    The dog is thinking WHY ME? and you can so tell by Pacelle’s body language that he does not want to be around the dog. if it were a true animal lover the dog would be in your lap and your body curved around it lovingly not leaning away from the dog and holding it at arms length. POOOR DOG! Wonder if he is going to let his new best bud Michael Vick see this dog????

  • chienblanc4csi

    Maybe I’ve lost what’s left of my mind, but is this really Pacelle’s dog? I thought for sure he had a beagle or beagle mix, and this looks like a sort of a whippet . . . not that it matters, this is a posed pic, I suppose. That dog is not happy to be there, look at the almost ‘whale eye’, the mouth closed, the ears don’t look relaxed. Anxiety is just oozing out of that face. Poor girl, she can’t wait to escape from a cold-hearted grasp.

  • Donna Armstrong

    “i’m with stupid”

  • Dawn Panda

    Help Me! Stranger Danger!

  • Allen Cyhanick

    The dog is thinking,
    What’s that smell? Oh I know. It’s RAT!!

  • Allen Cyhanick

    I hate to insult the dog but am I the only one who sees a resemblence? Especially around the eyes. I don’t think either one of them wants to be there.

  • Valerie Maddams

    If he was not holding me ankle biting time Woof

  • Deborah Milette

    “After this pose, I get what pink shot? What for”

  • daisychain

    Am i handsome or what?

  • gr8risrael

    Caption – “Don’t touch me, you two-legged butt-wipe!”

  • Lyndell Magnin

    See how the dogs lip is curled up. He is probably saying “If you don’t take your hands off me I will rip your phony smiling face off”.

  • Ron Gillis

    being mans best friend can put a guy in lousy company sometimes

  • Cadiz

    The dog doesn’t look very happy either.

  • Magdalene Thusheetha

    Please pay the ransom… Please…