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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 01-01-24

Joel Hersh-Board Chair
Mechanicsburg, PA
Term Expires December 31, 2026


Karel Minor-Vice-Chair and Treasurer
Federation of Humane Societies of Pennsylvania
Reading, PA
Permanent Seat


Molly Dougherty
PA Emergency Management Agency
Harrisburg, PA
Permanent Seat


Nan Hanshaw, DVM, DACVPM
PA Department of Agriculture
Harrisburg, PA
Permanent Seat


Norris Benns, Jr, Esq.
Philadelphia, PA
Term Expires December 31,2026


Erica Tramuta-Drobnis VMD, MPH, CPH
PA Veterinary Medical Association
Hummelstown, PA
Permanent Seat


Douglas Dinwoodie
Ambler, PA
Term Expires December 31, 2026

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June 11th, 2024 in Allegheny County: 1 cat and family displaced by house fire in need of Pet Care Kit delivered to them.June 6th, 2024 in Indiana County: 1 dog with family involved in house fire. Pet Care Kit of supplies were delivered.June 7th, 2024 in Bradford County: 1 car Roll over with 1 dog involved June 1st, 2024 in Allegheny County: Police action temporarily displaced family from home with 1 dog, so we delivered Pet Care Kit to hotel.May 30th, 2024 in Fayette County: 3 dogs involved in house fire. Family staying in pet friendly hotel so we delivered Pet Care Kit to them.May 16th, 2024 in Bucks County: Requested to assist Quakertown Fire Department (Bucks County) with a horse down in a stall.