Staff and Partners

Shelby Bobosky

Position: Executive Director Email: Donate to THLN on my behalf
Shelby is the Executive Director at the Texas Humane Legislation Network since October 1, 2019. She began her service as a volunteer with THLN on January 1, 2011, as a board member. Since 2011 and under her leadership as President, Vice President and Legislative Chair, the organization has had three successful legislative sessions wherein THLN successfully passed the Anti-Gassing Law (passed in 2013), the Mandatory Canine Encounter Training Law (passed in 2015) and the Animal Cruelty Enhancement Law (passed in 2017). Ms. Bobosky also helped pass many other animal welfare bills since 2011 with testimony and legal and legislative research. Ms. Bobosky attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree, earning a double major in History and Spanish in 1996. She then attended the University of Tulsa Law School and spent a year as a visiting law student at Northwestern University School of Law graduating in 1999. In 1999, Ms. Bobosky moved from Chicago, Illinois to Dallas, Texas, to begin her law practice. For sixteen years, Ms. Bobosky has continued practicing general civil litigation until 2017 when she decided to do only pro bono work putting in hundreds of hours for THLN as well as assisting animal welfare advocates and rescues when possible. Ms. Bobosky was heavily involved in the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, co-chairing the Animal Welfare Committee for four years and raising thousands of dollars for local 501(c)(3) rescues during her terms. Ms. Bobosky served as Board President for THLN from January 1, 2016, until October 1, 2019. She has traveled thousands of miles with THLN in order to promote its mission.

Karen Rankin

Position: Office Manager Email: Donate to THLN on my behalf
Karen joined THLN in May 2019 to provide administrative support to the staff, board members and volunteers. Karen has a passion for service and working with nonprofits. She recently worked for a local river authority coordinating their grant program and says giving money to other nonprofits in need is the best. Originally from Houston, Karen loves day tripping in central Texas and making sweet treats.


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