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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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June 3rd, 2021 in Allegheny County: Assistance requested by Red Cross to help locate a dog removed from early am fire scene to local ACO kennel.June 13th, 2021 in Carbon County: Called at 8:38 for horse running loose in residential area on Lower Nis Hollow Road.June 12th, 2021 in Somerset County: Police requested CART assistance with 20 to 30 cats found at a residence during a welfare check. June 2nd, 2021 in Westmoreland County: Local Police requesting resource info to help disabled client with injured XL dog.June 1st, 2021 in Westmoreland County: State Police reached out for resources concerning a humane case with 6 horses.June 2nd, 2021 in Allegheny County: Apartment fire involving multiple animals. Pet supplies needed for clients now in local hotel.June 1st, 2021 in Allegheny County: Pet Care Kit needed for service dog due to owner being displaced by truck running into building.June 5th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: Stray loose horse found and caught. In need of possible transport.June 7th, 2021 in Fayette County: 7 Dogs and 1 Cat in need of supplies due to house fire.June 1st, 2021 in Somerset County: PD requested CART assistance with a bull that fell off the back of a truck and was running loose in Somerset Borough