Posts by Jonathan Plesset

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7 Tosas and 7 Goldens

by Jonathan Plesset

For complicated missions we call in the Disaster Relief and Rescue Team or Team DIRT as we like to call them. Landpilots Teresa Gamble, Ralph Harlan Jr, and Mindy Wirick are on the home stretch of a mission that left Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The trio took the Disaster Relief and Rescue Trailer to Sarasota, […]

Rescuing The Rescuers

by Jonathan Plesset

Imagine being stuck on a hurricane ravaged island for 2 weeks surviving on rice and water while living in a house with no roof. Animal rescuers Chris and Adam have been helping animals on the small island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands which was completely devastated by Hurricane Maria. Stranded without any means […]

9 Dog Air Rescue Flight

by Jonathan Plesset

With the Landplane and Trailer already on the road headed to different states the only asset left in our dog saving arsenal was the PAART Airplane. 9 dogs needed an immediate airlift and we had the best possible tool for the job, our Piper Saratoga with Chief Pilot Pete Lehmann at the controls. Pete flew […]

42 Animals Saved

by Jonathan Plesset

42 animals, 10 Cats and 32 Dogs, woke up this morning with a second chance thanks to PAART Lanpilots Kim Lenz and Lisa Thomas. The duo left late Monday night for Martinsville Henry County SPCA. After spending the night in a hotel they woke up early to meet these incredible animals. Some of these dogs […]

22 Animals Saved From Hurricane Irma

by Jonathan Plesset

Hurricane Irma created a terrible situation for our furry friends in the Caribbean. Shelters were destroyed and animals were left in dire despair. With a second Hurricane fast approaching the Caribbean animals that had already survived one hurricane needed immediate evacuation. Kent and Sherry Knight of Pet Search jumped into action and helped organize an […]

49 Dogs Cleared of Hurricane Irma

by Jonathan Plesset

49 dogs are safe and sound thanks to PAART Disaster and Rescue Team Landpilots Ralph Harlan Jr, Teresa Gamble, and Kim Lenz. The trio departed Pittsburgh late Thursday to travel to Charleston Animal Society. The purpose of the the trip was to both clear room for Hurricane Irma animals and protect the Shelter in case […]

23 animals saved from a fight ring

by Jonathan Plesset

We are just leaving the scene in Smithfield, Fayette County where we have been onsite with law enforcement collecting and transporting 23 animals who were the victims of a fight ring. We are exhausted but exhilarated by the incredible acts of kindness of the individuals who put themselves at risk to help animals in crisis. […]

3 special dogs from South Korea

by Jonathan Plesset

Landpilots Kathleen Yarnick and Nancy Pitcavage made our 6th trip to JFK Airport in the last 10 days for 3 amazing dogs. Teddy, Poppy, and Joey are all Jindu mixes that arrived from an illegal South Korea Meat Farm that was shut down by our friends at Humane Society International. HSI partnered with our team […]

A mission for John Richard “Nicko” Nicolson

by Jonathan Plesset

18 dogs and 9 cats took a second chance ride on a special mission we are dedicating to John Richard “Nicko” Nicolson. A few months ago we had someone sponsor a mission in his honor. Since then we have continued to receive donations from his friends and family. John was loved by a lot of […]

A special air mission

by Jonathan Plesset

Those who put their life on the line to help others always have a special place in our hearts. The story of The Upper St Clair Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Lilly Caudill was one of those stories that had special meaning for PAART. Lilly lost her dog and fell in love with an animals one […]