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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Get to Know Us – Pete Lehmann

by Jordan

Get To Know Us: Part 1 On a regular basis, the PAART Landplane and Airplane Pilots go to extraordinary lengths to extend a helping hand to dogs, cats, and other animals in need. Satisfaction to them is in the rescue. Knowing that they’ve helped an animal – taken them from a possibly dangerous environment to […]

40 Dogs and 9 Cats Landplane Rescue Mission

by Jordan

The PAART Landplane departed from Pittsburgh and went on a 3-day journey to rescue 40 dogs and 9 cats from underfunded, rural shelters in Virginia to take to safety in New York. The mission was sponsored by hometown Major League Baseball star Sean Casey whose love of animals runs just as deep as his love […]

15 Dog Flight – From Danger To Safety

by Jordan

Over the weekend, 15 dogs were given a second chance at life when the PAART Airvan picked them up for a journey from Danger to Safety. Our team, including PAART Pilots Jonathan Plesset and Pete Lehmann, took the nearly 500 mile round trip rescue mission to pick up these dogs from Wolfe County Animal Shelter, […]

Air Mission 4/12/19 – In Memory of Gerald Luptak

by Jordan

Sometimes, It Takes A Village To Rescue A Dog That old adage certainly holds true when people are moved to such a good cause as saving a dog. On Friday, April 12th, our team at PAART, the participation of Pennsylvania SPCA Officers Nicole Wilson and  Jason Martinez, and Adopt a Sato, and most importantly the charitable […]

Kentucky Rescue Mission 4.7.19

by Jordan
PAART Rescue Mission Case File - Kentucky Rescue

Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team is off again! The ground team had suited up and transported dogs from Kentucky to Pennsylvania and New York. Due to food shortage at the Morgan County shelter, the team also loaded up with donations from Cross Your Paws to restock the shelter with food supplies! Let’s take a look […]

31 Dog Rescue Flight

by Jonathan Plesset

31 dogs flew to their new lives today on a windy day that tested the abilities of pilots Jonathan Plesset and Rebecca Mihalcik. Undeterred, they flew with a sense of purpose for the opportunity to bring hope to 31 animals. Some amazing dogs on this flight! Special thanks to the work of the our friends […]

27 Dog Rescue Trip

by Jonathan Plesset

27 dogs looked out of their shelter and saw hope in the form of a giant rescue truck with a distinctive airplane on its side. Inside was PAART Land Pilots David Stash and Marie Regula who spent two days in the field to help 27 animals on their journey from danger to safety. 1200 mile […]

30 Dogs and a delicious Pizza!

by Jonathan Plesset

30 dogs had run out of time in shelters but the dawn of a new day meant a second chance on the wings of our rescue plane. Watch along as pilots Jonathan Plesset and Brad Childs make a 600 mile flight to give each dog hope while helping to enrich the lives of people. This […]

20 Dog Rescue Journey

by Jonathan Plesset

It was a simple proposition. 20 dogs that had run out of time in their shelters could find a new beginning if we could make the long road journey to give them a chance. PAART Landpilots Brittany Lewkowicz and Emily Lewkowicz were ready and willing when the call went out to help these 20. First […]