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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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February 17th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 1 dog and 1 cat involved in a house fire. Delivered Pet Care Kit to owner.February 13th, 2024 in Indiana County: Requested to assist a family with multiple Cats that were forced from their apartment due to a fire in a nei...February 10th, 2024 in Fayette County: 2 dogs and family displaced by house fire in need of Pet Care Kit.February 10th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 3 dogs and family displaced by house fire in need of a Pet Care Kit and crate.February 9th, 2024 in Somerset County: CART was activated to extricate a senior horse that had fallen into a culvert on a local farm.February 2nd, 2024 in Lehigh County: Requested help for horse down in it's stall.January 23rd, 2024 in Lehigh County: State Police called asking for help with 2 piglets found taped up box out side a restaurant.February 4th, 2024 in Westmoreland County: 3 cats and their owners were displaced by house fire. Pet Care Kit delivered to pet owners.February 2nd, 2024 in Allegheny County: 1 lg. dog needed Pet Care Kit due to house fire that all items were destroyed.January 31st, 2024 in Somerset County: PSP activated CART for a horse running loose in the Windber area.