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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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May 19th, 2022 in Carbon County: pig wandering in persons yard, that was not owner.May 10th, 2022 in Somerset County: Somerset CART was requested for a public service detail to help transport cattleApril 1st, 2022 in Schuylkill County: Animals removed due to fire at the dwellingApril 27th, 2022 in Schuylkill County: HSPO requested assistance to remove domestic and farm animals from a hoarding situation. April 28th, 2022 in Schuylkill County: was not able to respond, because I was not in areaApril 19th, 2022 in Lehigh County: Requested by Allentown Fire Department with a row home fire and numerous animals were pulled from homes.