On a rainy and cloudy day PAART Pilots Jonathan Plesset and Pete Lehmann took the inaugural flight in the New PAART Airplane, N412AR. The devastation from Hurricane Florence is still being felt in the Carolinas. With flood levels still rising, moving animals out and getting supplies into the region is proving to be a challenge. Flying into small airports remains one of the best ways to help and PAART is excited to use our new cargo plane for a such a worthy mission.

With 300 pounds of animal medical supplies from the BIG EASY Animal Hospital and VCA Animal Hospitals Jonathan and Pete left Allegheny County Airport and flew south to Statesville, North Carolina where they met Hurricane Pets Rescue Inc. (HPR) to hand over medical supplies that will go to shelters in critical need. Once the supplies were offloaded, volunteers from Alexander County Animal Services arrived with 15 animals that were being moved out to create room for displaced animals in the region. Creating this space enables families who lost everything to be reunited with their pets.

After dodging in and out of severe weather on the way home, the pilots landed landed back at Allegheny County where Cross Your Paws Rescue, 2 Ladies 4 Paws Rescue, Bridge To Home Animal Rescue and Pittsburgh Cat/HCMT met the plane and took these wonderful animals off to a second chance and a new life.

We are thrilled to be back in the air and wish to thank everyone who helped us get there. Thank you friends.