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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 2/22/23

Joel Hersh-Board Chair

Mechanicsburg, PA

Term Expires December 31, 2023


Molly Dougherty

PA Emergency Management Agency

Harrisburg, PA

Permanent Seat


Nan Hanshaw, DVM, DACVPM

PA Department of Agriculture

Harrisburg, PA

Permanent Seat


Erica Tramuta-Drobnis, VMD, MPH, CPH

PA Veterinary Medical Association
Hummelstown, PA

Permanent Seat

Karel Minor

Federation of Humane Societies of Pennsylvania

Permanent Seat

Lenny Southam

Term Expired December, 31, 2023


Douglas Dinwoodie

Ambler, PA

Term Expires December 31, 2023

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September 30th, 2023 in Somerset County: Somerset CART contacted for medical resources for injured dog in dog fightSeptember 26th, 2023 in Somerset County: Somerset CART activated for dog struck by vehicle.September 14th, 2023 in Somerset County: Somerset CART was dispatched for 5 escaped horses running on roadway September 9th, 2023 in Allegheny County: Assisted Red Cross at sheltering location for 100 unit apartment fire for people over 55 with pets. Over a ...September 11th, 2023 in Cambria County: Cambria CART dispatched to assist Reade Twp. FD with a horse in a ravine. Cancelled shortly after dispatch a...September 5th, 2023 in Cambria County: The Penn State Extension requested Cambria CART to assist with cooling equipment for animals in 4 barns duri...