Our Rescue Blog

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.

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Thanksgiving Rescue

by Jonathan Plesset

Thousands of hours volunteering their time. Countless land and air missions, over 2000 animals rescued so far this year. From the operations, to the pilots, landpilots, staff, and the board of directors, a simple thank you doesn’t do enough justice. Today we are thankful, grateful, and in awe of the men and women who volunteer […]

Happy Birthday Pete

by Jonathan Plesset

What did PAART Pilot Pete Lehmann and Co-Pilot girlfriend and Annie Valdes do on Pete’s birthday? They helped save 21 cats in two part air and land rescue mission. Pete and Annie took the PAART Plane to Charleston, WV where thy met up with our old friends at B.A.R.C Boone Animal Rescue Coalition who had […]

46 Special Dogs

by Jonathan Plesset

These missions leave an imprint on our hearts as we form bonds with both the animals and the passionate people who share our goal: to leave no dog left behind. Today 46 dogs have a chance at a new beginning because the love we share for animals bonds us together. PAART Landpilots Elizabeth Zappa and […]

Huge News!!!!

by Jonathan Plesset

Since the first rescue flight in 2006 we have always dreamed of having a special waiver from the FAA so that PAART could pay for all of the costs associated with our rescue flights. For all of these years the pilots have had to pay for half of the variable costs associated with the flights, […]

10 Animals And One Special Mission

by Jonathan Plesset

When we got the call that a shelter was in trouble and needed to clear their animals asap we jumped in with both feet. After helping 6 animals from the shelter the day before, in between another rescue mission, we decided to send a second team. 10 animals who needed to be helped, or they […]

Double Mission

by Jonathan Plesset

We are in the midst of responding to an emergency overcrowding situation at a shelter in Virginia. We have a team arriving today along with this team that arrived yesterday. 6 dogs were loaded up along the way as the team headed to another rescue mission within this same trip. 41 animals are now safely […]

9000 Animals Rescued

by Jonathan Plesset

It’s fitting that for the 9000th animal our team has rescued it was a mission that saw the Airteam and Landteam join forces to help 30 guinea pigs and 6 rats find salvation from inhumane conditions. PAART Pilots Jonathan Plesset and Rebecca Mihalcik first flew to Philadelphia to where 36 animals were waiting with the […]

40 dogs and a Butterfly

by Jonathan Plesset

A reunion for a lost dog, 39 dogs needing a second chance, and 1 Monarch Butterfly who had to go south to survive, yup…another incredible PAART Mission that we cant wait to share. PAART Landpilots Mark Britton and Carolyn Jochymek started the mission on Monday by meeting up Maggie, a dog that had been lost […]

A Special Reunion

by Jonathan Plesset

There is no better feeling that reuniting a lost dog with their owner. Imagine waiting and wondering for over a year where your best friend went. Late last night we had the honor to help Maggie find her way home.


by Jonathan Plesset

Their bodies might have been broken but nothing could break their souls. 5 dogs were found with severe malnutrition, evidence that they had been being used for a fight ring, and chained up outside on a rural property. It’s something we have seen before and it’s these kinds of stories that hang heavy on our […]