CINCINNATI — After 42 years of serving Cincinnati's SPCA, former president Harold Dates passed away Saturday.
Dates retired in 2017, but the organization said Saturday in a Facebook post that he "is considered a pillar of the SPCA Cincinnati's foundation."
"You were the spirit and passion behind our evolution and you will be missed," the post reads. "Godspeed Mr. Dates."
In a 2017 Facebook post congratulating Dates on his retirement, the organization lauded Dates on his impact in Cincinnati and within the organization. According to the SPCA, he helped to decrease the organization's intake of animals from 37,000 to 13,000, thanks to his influence in many areas, such as building a second facility in 2008, partnering with other animal rescue organizations and promoting spaying and neutering, among many other initiatives.