Our History as a For-All Shelter

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Tampa Bay is the only non-profit, animal welfare agency that runs an open-admission For-All animal shelter and veterinary center in Pinellas County. The SPCA Tampa Bay animal shelter in Largo cares for over 8,000 animals annually that have been surrendered by their owners, along with injured wildlife. Plus, our pet hospital in St. Pete provides pet health care for dogs and cats! 

SPCA Tampa Bay cares for dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotic animals, and livestock like goats and pigs. Animals receive immunizations, medical care, enrichment and loving care while they live at our shelter. Our adoptions team and volunteers work to match families with animals that are a good fit with the family’s home, lifestyle and personalities. Every animal receives compassionate care, regardless of its breed or size.

Our Vision:
Create a community where every animal matters.

Our Mission:
Through passionate collaboration with our community, we transform the lives of animals.

Our Core Values:
Compassion, Community, Customer Experience and Teamwork. Learn more.

SPCA Tampa Bay is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit locally governed by a volunteer board of directors. Like most U.S. animal shelters, we rely entirely on our program revenue and fundraising to sustain our operations, provide care for animals and serve the community. Despite a similar name, we are not affiliated with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or Humane Society of the U.S.

A team of 100+ staff members and more than 250 dedicated volunteers help us fulfill our mission.

Largo Services Directory | 727-586-3591

Wildlife Assistance 727-586-3592
Adoptions x124
Donations x113
Volunteer Opportunities x162
Fund Raising Events x163
Shelter Medical Department x117
Marketing and Media/Community Outreach x164
Human Resources x127
Finance and Administration x158

For media information or to book an interview with one of our staff contact: Eric Keaton, Chief Marketing Officer: 727-586-3591 x 164

Management Team

Martha Boden

Judy Thompson CFO SPCA Tampa Bay

Judy Thompson

Chief Finance Officer
Eric Keaton CMO SPCA Tampa Bay

Eric Keaton

Chief Marketing Officer
Tara Yurkshat Photo

Tara Yurkshat

Chief Operating Officer
Dr Cynthia Mitchell SPVC

Cynthia Mitchell, DVM

Chief Veterinary Officer
Howard Qualls CHRO SPCA TB

Howard Qualls

Chief People Officer

To reach the SPCA Tampa Bay Board of Directors with compliments, suggestions or concerns, please email us here. Please direct any inquiries through that page rather than attempting to contact board members at their home or place of employment. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address along with your inquiry. Correspondence sent to board members anonymously and at any addresses other than the one provided here will not receive a response. Note: all board members are independent, voting members

Board of Directors


  • Catherine Mitchell - Co-President
  • Tina Thomas - Co-President
  • Andy Gaunce - Past President
  • Trevor Tillwick - Secretary
  • Dr. Julie Kessel - Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
  • Stacy Nethercoat - Governance Chair


Sasha Lohn

Mark Martukovich

Erica Maxwell

Stephanie Morge

Julie Rockwell

Erin Maloney