Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP) today announced that Dan Rossi, CEO, will depart the organization on January 21, 2022. HARP’s board of directors was notified in early December of Rossi’s plans to relocate to California to serve as Executive Director of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.

“The animal welfare community in Pittsburgh has been lucky enough to have Dan at the helm for the past 12 years,” said Gerry Delon, president of the board of directors. “We are thankful for his passion, enthusiasm and commitment to saving the lives of animals in the region. We are all excited for Dan’s next chapter and I know he will take with him the resolve of this great community.”

During this transition, the board of directors has announced that Delon will serve as the interim Executive Director of HARP, effective January 22, 2022. Delon and Rossi have worked alongside one another for over a decade in the region serving the community.

The organization has undergone significant growth through their joint efforts and has achieved many accomplishments including:

  • Forming one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, merging the Animal Rescue League and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society
  • Leading a $15 million capital campaign to build the Animal Resource Center in the East End
  • Launching a new brand to reflect the organization’s energy and passion, highlighting HARP’s services and collaborations throughout the region

“I am really proud of what we have accomplished over the years. The organization is in a great position to really take off and build on what we have started. I know Gerry is the right person to take the baton. He will serve the animals and families of Western Pennsylvania— like he has done alongside me for years. His expertise and passion have been invaluable to the organization and will continue to be,” said Rossi.