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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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July 10th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 1 dog taken into temp foster care for elderly owner going into hospital via ambulance.July 9th, 2024 in Somerset County: The Humane Officer requested CART assistance with transporting of 2 dogs, 2 horses and 2 cats. CART is foste...July 6th, 2024 in Somerset County: Somerset Humane Officer requested CART assistance with transporting and fostering a dog of a person who had ...July 1st, 2024 in Somerset County: Police requested assistance from CART for a suspected animal cruelty case. CART transported cats, dogs and ...July 4th, 2024 in Allegheny County: 4 guinea pigs and their two owners displaced by apartment fire in need of temp foster care and Pet Care Kit.July 3rd, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 1 dog removed and fostered for emergency medical situation with client.May 31st, 2024 in Carbon County: HoardingJune 28th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 3 dogs and over a dozen cats given a Pet Care Kit of supplies to support until HPO can remove most of the cats.June 26th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: Pony trapped under a tree that went down from tornado.June 25th, 2024 in Lehigh County: Fire Department requested assistance for dog in car involved in a vehicle accident.