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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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 […]

7 dogs take flight

by paart

One of our favorite stories we like to share is about second chances, both for animals and for the people’s lives they change. 7 dogs took to the sky’s on Sunday from a unique situation with PAART Pilot Pete Lehmann and Co-Pilot Ann Valdes. The animals that flew were shelter dogs who were trained by […]

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 […]

67 animals rescued to help Hurricane Harvey Survivors

by paart

The first 42 dogs from the San Antonio Humane Society in Texas arrive at 5pm! Our team of Teresa Gamble, Ralph Harlan Jr, Kim Lenz and Lisa Davis Riccardi will pull in to a heroes welcome in front of the main terminal at the Allegheny County Airport! The last 25 arrive by plane with Pete […]

Hurricane Harvey Relief

by paart

Humanity. It’s a word that today takes on unique meaning in light of Hurricane Harvey. From devastation and destruction comes hope. The very best of humanity, of Americans, and of Pittsburghers, is on full display today as we gear up to depart for the 24 hour drive to San Antonio, TX. 4 PAART Landpilots; Teresa […]

A special joint Land and Air Mission

by paart

Well this is an interesting sight! A PAART Pilot and a PAART Landpilot on a mission together! Pilot Pete Lehmann and Landpilot Kathleen Yarnick united the Land Team and the Air Team to help 2 animals make it all the way to Chicago! These were two special dogs who originally transported by Land last weekend. […]

30 Dog Rescue

by paart

30 dogs boarded the Landplane each with a story that just melts your heart. Landpilots Teresa Gamble and John Busin made the trip from Pittsburgh to Kentucky this weekend to meet teams from Tunica HumaneSociety and Helping Hands For Animals. Dogs that were victims of abuse, hoarding, and sometimes just unwanted, all resurrected by the […]

8 dog Air Rescue Mission

by paart

A mom and her 7 puppies took a first class flight to a second chance thanks to PAART Pilot Pete Lehmann. On a crisp summer morning Pete took off from Allegheny County for Charleston, WV to meet our rescue partners at B.A.R.C Boone Animal Rescue Coalition. Pete took off with the cutest sight, all 7 […]