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Board of Directors

Mission Statement

Pennsylvania Animal Response Team (PART) was created in 2005 to address the needs of domestic animals in large scale disasters.  PART provides animal handling, emergency sheltering, and temporary foster care, all available to assist law enforcement and emergency responders with a simple call to 911.  We also provide guidance and training to local County Animal Response Teams faced with responding to any emergency related to domestic animals in the state of Pennsylvania.

PART is a nonprofit and is an organization ensuring the safety of animals in the face of an emergency. It is important to note that PART is not an animal shelter nor an adoption agency for animals.

We provide hands on response as well as training and guidance to emergency responders saving the lives of domestic animals including pets, equestrian, and agricultural animals.

These efforts benefit and represent the lives of millions of our innocent animals that are residents of Pennsylvania that do not have a voice, while also protecting human lives.

Pennsylvania’s animals are worth over 2 billion dollars and are ensuring their safety is vital to our state’s economy.

All Directors Serve Without Compensation

Effective 01-01-19 

 

Member

Joel Hersh-Board Chair

Mechanicsburg, PA

Term Expires December 31, 2023

 

Jeffrey Thomas

Pa Emergency Management Agency

Harrisburg, PA

Permanent Seat

 

Nan Hanshaw, DVM, DACVPM

PA Department of Agriculture

Permanent Seat

 

Katie Semuta, CVT

PA Veterinary Medical Association
Hummelstown, PA

Permanent Seat

 

Karel Minor

Federation of Humane Societies of Pennsylvania

Permanent Seat

 

Lenny Southam, VMD, MPH (Secretary)

Chester County PA

Term Expires December 31, 2023

 

Douglas Dinwoodie

Ambler, PA

Term Expires December 31, 2023

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July 28th, 2021 in Perry County: Perry CART dispatched to assist PSP at Newport with 3 aggressive Pitbull's at a crime scene.July 22nd, 2021 in Fayette County: Two dogs involved in a house fire with no injuries. Pet Care Kit delivered to parents home where clients are staying.July 21st, 2021 in Fayette County: Two dogs stuck in a well. FD on scene able to extricate. No further unmet needs.July 20th, 2021 in Fayette County: 1 momma dog and 4 puppies displaced with owner by house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to hotel where owner was staying.July 12th, 2021 in Somerset County: PSP requested CART pickup a dog involved in a motor vehicle accident because the owner was being transported...July 13th, 2021 in Allegheny County: 6 dogs involved in a house fire. Advice to ACO on scene given, and dog taken to local emergency Veterinarian.July 13th, 2021 in Allegheny County: 3 dogs were involved in a house fire. All are displaced to different homes. Pet supplies delivered to thos...July 13th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: House fire involving 26 cats/kittens. Large Pet Care Kit of supplies delivered. Assisted owner with surrend...July 8th, 2021 in Lehigh County: Red Cross requested assistance with after fire help for 2 animals, involved in Dwelling FireJuly 5th, 2021 in Somerset County: CART was activated to pickup a dog that was in a vehicle accident because owner was being transported to the hospital.