Our Rescue Log

The PAART team is passionate about saving animals. Whether it be by land or by air the team is on constant standby, ready to mobilize at a moments notice. Over the last few years our missions have varied in both size and scope. Every mission has unique circumstances and challenges. From large land rescues, to spur of the moment air missions, to humanitarian missions, the team is ready and willing to go to any lengths to leave No Dog Left Behind.

This rescue log features stories and pictures from some of our missions. Please take a look and feel free to share the posts. Bringing awareness to the plight of these animals is a part of our mission. With enough awareness on the issues facing shelters, rescues, and animals in general, we hope to put an end to needless suffering.

Animal welfare is our passion.  If you see or hear about animal abuse or neglect, call the Western PA Humane Society at 412-321-4625 ext 216

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26 Dog Rescue

by Jonathan Plesset

26 dogs overcame weather delays, frozen shelter pipes and a four day postponement but are on their way to a second chance and a new beginning with the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. PAART Pilots Kate Blakley and Cara Giannanandrea have been on the road for 10 plus hours to give these animals something they […]

34 Animals Rescued After Shelter Loses Heat

by Jonathan Plesset

Temps in the single digits, a shelter without heat, and a box of puppies found in a field by a hunter. Its a nightmare scenario and one that required immediate help from our Team. PAART Landpilots Don Siegel and Kelly Kincaid braved the freezing cold, unexpected snow squalls, and winds that rocked the Landplane to […]

18 Dog New Years Mission

by Jonathan Plesset

Of the millions of animals euthanized in 2017 18 were spared at the last moment on the last day of the year thanks to Landpilots Jim Moran and Lisa Thomas. After snow postponed the trip the Landplane finally made it to Huntington, WV to meet ASAP- Advocates Saving Adoptable Pets early this morning. The team […]

4 Dogs For Christmas

by Jonathan Plesset

Can we get 4 dogs delivered to military veterans in time for Christmas? This was the challenge we faced with only two days to go till the big day. These special animals were trained by inmates in Kentucky as a second chance for both the prisoners and the animals. Landpilots Teresa Gamble and Brandon Lyda […]

38 Dog Rescue

by Jonathan Plesset

When we dream we think of 38 families waking up on Christmas morning with a new dog and years of happiness that animal will bring them. Landpilots Lisa Thomas and Terry Holleran didn’t just dream that dream, they went out and made it happen. Early this morning, after spending yesterday on the road, our PAART […]

16 Animals From South Korea

by paart

For the past 96 hours our team has been making runs back and forth from Dulles International Airport to a private rescue outside of Pittsburgh. We have been meeting international flights with very special cargo onboard. Our friends at Humane Society International have been working on shutting down a dog meat farm in Namyangju, South […]

13 Dogs Rescued By Air

by Jonathan Plesset

Some of the most vulnerable in the shelters are the pregnant animals or those who have just given birth. These situations can stretch resources thin and the need to get these animals out is dire. PAART Pilots Jonathan Plesset and Pete Lehmann got the call and jumped into the PAART plane on a cold and […]

30+ Dogs and Cats rescued from St. Croix

by Jonathan Plesset

Dogs and cats who were once victims of Hurricane Maria have a new lease on life while residents that had to flee the island months ago are finally reunited with their pets. It was an uplifting experience for our team to partner with the ASPCA in helping bring 100 of these incredible animals from Danger […]

19 dogs and 16 cats get a second chance

by paart

When you hear that two of the dogs that needed us where found in a garbage bag your heart sinks into your stomach. All you can do is shed a tear and get to work organizing a rescue mission. PAART Executive Director Mary Kennedy Withrow was so moved that she insisted on securing a seat […]

13 Year Old Greyhound Saved

by Jonathan Plesset

A 13 year old Italian Greyhound named Gigi was in need of immediate life saving transport today and our air team stepped up to give hope to this beautiful animal. We got a call from Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center where Gigi was seeking treatment. Her time was running out and she needed a […]