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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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April 16th, 2021 in Fayette County: Our team members helped in the extrication of a small dog stuck in drainage pipe under the roadway.April 16th, 2021 in Berks County: Lehigh County CART was requested to assist Topton FD (Berks County) with multiple animals involved in row home fire.April 14th, 2021 in Washington County: At 15:57 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down in a stall. April 7th, 2021 in Somerset County: A passerby reported a horse loose on the roadway. Somerset CART was dispatched to assist.April 7th, 2021 in Westmoreland County: 3 Dogs involved in a house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to fire client staying in pet friendly hotel.April 7th, 2021 in Northampton County: LV CART requested to assist with horse down in pastureMarch 28th, 2021 in Lehigh County: LV CART was requested to assist with 3 horses running loose. March 30th, 2021 in Lehigh County: LV CART requested to assist with horse down in stallApril 4th, 2021 in Washington County: At 09:48 WaCART, was activated by Washington County 911 for a horse down stuck in a creek.September 25th, 2020 in Cambria County: Cambria CART requested to assist with horse down.