Northeast Animal Shelter is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director, Bob Citrullo. Citrullo will lead Northeast Animal Shelter’s efforts in continuing its mission to save homeless pets across America and succeeds Randi Cohen who served until 2018.

“After conducting a thorough national search, the board is exceptionally pleased to welcome Bob Citrullo to lead Northeast Animal Shelter, “ said Cindi Shapiro, NEAS’ president and founder. “Bob’s visions align perfectly with our values to provide a caring community where every adoptable and treatable pet finds a life-long, loving home. Bob brings to NEAS a deep knowledge of all aspects of animal rescue. His business, financial and management expertise, combined with his medical background, will enable Bob to lead our organization as we prepare for the future. We are delighted to bring Bob on board and feel fortunate to find such a qualified executive.”

Citrullo joins NEAS with extensive experience in the animal welfare world. He has nearly two decades of experience in nonprofit shelter management and community engagement where he focused on increasing lifesaving efforts for animals in underserved communities. Before getting involved in animal welfare, he was an ER nurse and ran a military hospital in the U.S. Army for nearly 25 years.

“I am excited to join the NEAS family, and to build upon the Shelter’s past success and unwavering commitment to saving homeless animals over the last 43 years,” said Citrullo. “I am deeply inspired by the human-animal bond and believe we must not only work to save animals’ lives, but have a responsibility to serve the community where we play a vital role. Northeast Animal Shelter has made significant strides on behalf of animals, but our work does not stop here. I look forward to working with the management team, staff and volunteers to continue to pursue our mission, deepen our presence within the community, and develop successful initiatives and programs to enrich the lives of those we serve.”

Throughout his career at various rescues and shelters, Citrullo was instrumental in reducing euthanasia rates and increasing medical efforts to not only save lives, but to keep those in his care comfortable, healthy, and happy; a mission he plans to continue to pursue at NEAS.

“Northeast Animal Shelter constantly strives to improve everything we do,” said Donald Shapiro, a member of the Shelter’s board of directors. “Now, with Bob Citrullo leading the way, Northeast Animal Shelter is poised to really develop its vision to become one of the most admired and successful no-kill animal shelters.”