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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 



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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October 20th, 2021 in Fayette County: Fayette Cty: 2 dogs involved in house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to owner staying with friends.October 16th, 2021 in Allegheny County: 1 Cat & 1 Kitten involved in house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to owner staying with family.October 21st, 2021 in Somerset County: Somerset CART was activated to recover 50 chinchillas from a vehicle accident. October 11th, 2021 in Allegheny County: Pet Care Kit delivered to assist a fire client with 2 adult dogs and 1 puppy.October 1st, 2021 in Somerset County: Somerset CART requested to pick up 2 dogs with porcupine quills found in a remote area.