Executive director

Tammy Loughlin is the Executive Director at Columbia Animal Shelter, residing in Columbia, PA. She was born and raised in Indiana before moving to Rhode Island in 1993. She attended Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut. She has five grown children and one grandchild who are spread out throughout the country. She is also the owner of Fern, of the infamous Mornings with Fern posts.




Courtney Sombers is the Assistant Director at Columbia Animal Shelter. She was born and raised in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, she lived and traveled across the country. She and her husband recently moved back to Pennsylvania where they purchased a home and now reside in York county with their numerous fur babies.


Dr. Jennifer Johnston, DVM.


Dr. Jennifer Johnston did her undergraduate work in Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State University and went on to graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Upon graduation, she completed an equine internship in Rochester, NY from 2000-2001. She then moved back to PA and worked for various small animal veterinary hospitals in the Harrisburg area. In 2011, she joined the York County SPCA as a staff shelter veterinarian and became their Veterinary Medical Director from 2015-2018. In the winter of 2018, Dr. Johnston joined the Columbia Animal Shelter as their staff veterinarian. Besides her work as a shelter veterinarian, she is an adjunct faculty instructor at the York Technical Institute for their Veterinary Technician program and is an active member of the Code 3 Associates technical animal rescue team.