Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team coordinates and transports thousands of animals to their new homes free of charge. Follow along with the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team as we fly and drive thousands of at risk animals from danger to safety.
14 little beauties hopped on the new PAART Landplane full of hopes and dreams as they made the journey from our amazing friends at Wags 2 Riches Dog Rescue in West Liberty, Kentucky to our other equally amazing friends at Cross Your Paws Rescue and Steel City Dog Rescue in Western PA! Landpilot Captain Dennis Bayne and student Landpilot Andrew Morsillo headed to Kentucky on Friday, rested up at a local hotel, and then picked up our precious cargo early Saturday morning.
Along the way newbie Andrew sent a text to our Executive Director asking if it would be possible to adopt Jack, a little chihuahua who was on board. Andrew was looking for a dog and Jack stole his heart from the word go! Funny that the same situation occurred months earlier with Dennis Bayne! These transport “failures” seem to happen a lot. Hmmm…. Lisa Duffy of Cross Your Paws made this adoption happen and we are so thankful and Jack hit the proverbial “JACKPOT!” The photos tell it all! Congrats to Jack, Andrew, Jessica and brother Apollo their other rescue dog!
We love our partners and our volunteers are rockstars. So many behind the scenes loving stories like this one on each mission. Jack is hoping that his friends have the same luck that he did and find their own loving homes. We know they will! From danger to safety and beyond, second chances happening all around us. Its good to help animal.
A trip like this helps smaller shelters who can’t afford to transport. Your donations and support make that happen. Please help support our team and give us the ability to offer this service free of charge to help smaller shelters and prevent animals from being euthanized. Join us on August 25, 2018 at our Dog Days of Summer 2018 Fundraiser presented by VCA Animal Hospitals. For information visit and to purchase tickets visit our Dog Days Of Summer Website.
22 beautiful dogs and 3 little guinea pigs hitched a lifesaving ride today with PAART Landpilots Lisa Thomas and newbie Diane Fasciano who took off Friday for an 8am pick up on Saturday! Our friends at Pulaski Animal Care & Control PACC Rescue were out of room and reached out with a 911 for help! We see so many people at our sending shelters that work tirelessly to save so many! Missy Viars is one of those people! She partnered with our friends at Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Adams County SPCAand Northeast Pa Pet Fund and Nepa-northeast Pennsylvania Pet Fund & Rescue who all jumped at the chance to help out and give Missy some room at her shelter!
Special shout out to one of our very own Don Siegel for finding a ride for the 3 guineas from Lancaster PA to Adams County SPCA where they hopped on for the final leg back to Pittsburgh. Their owner had passed and these 3 little piggies were in need of a place to go. Pittsburgh is lucky to have Wheek Care Guinea Pig Rescue who stepped up as they always do when a piggy is in need. No big bad wolf for these guys, just the loving care of Julene Robinson and the crew at Wheek Care.
We cross-crossed all over the Eastern US today in what was an incredible display of so many groups working together all in the name of saving precious lives. Beautiful. Thanks to everyone who helped make this rescue happen especially our volunteers who gave up their weekend so they could bring these guys from danger to safety. We love our PAART family.
What if you could help 60 dogs find a second chance and could take them somewhere where they would have the best possible chance at becoming someone’s loving pet? Would you jump at the opportunity to help so many? PAART Landpilots Lisa Thomas and Steve Schohn jumped at that chance. The put into action their love and animals and willed themselves through a two day journey from Tennessee to Pittsburgh. Along the way they rescued our 8000th animal!
On Monday morning after we spent the weekend cleaning and outfitting the new Landplane for the journey Steve and Lisa headed out for a day long journey to a hotel in Clarksville, TN where they would spend the night and recharge. Early yesterday morning they headed over to Precious Friends Puppy Rescue and Adoption where 60 dogs were waiting for them. Once they were packed up and ready to go the team played soothing music and the doggies were calm thanks to the all natural Adaptil spray only our team uses on transports for their journey north.
After spending the day on the road the team arrived back at the Allegheny County Airport where our friends from North Shore Animal League America where waiting to meet us and take all 60 to their facility on Long Island. Two days spent to give hope to 60. A trip like this helps smaller shelters who can’t afford to transport. Your donations and support make that happen. Please help support our team and give us the ability to offer this service free of charge to help smaller shelters and prevent animals from being euthanized. Join us on August 25, 2018 at our Dog Days of Summer 2018 Fundraiser presented by VCA Animal Hospitals. For information visit. http://paart.auction-bid.org
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When we put the word out to our team that 7 German Shepards needed our help the response was overwhelming. Lucky for us two incredible people and Landpilots stepped up to help give these 7 dogs a second chance. PAART Landpilots Ralph Harlan Jr and Nicki Dembski took the Landplane from the Allegheny County Airport to our partners at Char-Wills German Shepherd Rescue in New Ringhold, PA. Today they wake up with a new beginning and a fresh start.
What will become of these lucky 7? How will they impact the lives of the people who end up adopting them. Will one of them become a service dog? Perhaps one will become a child’s first doggie. Maybe one of these animals will be an integral part of someones journey through a difficult period. Whatever their future holds it is only possible because of PAART volunteers like Ralph and Nicki who spent the day on the road to make it happen. Actions, not just words. We are so proud of all of the volunteers who put in the hard work to make a difference.
44 dogs waited for us to make a life changing journey from danger to safety with Landpilots David Stash and Jim Moran. Pulled from rural shelters, they remained on standby for the chance to come along with our team. Our friends at Wags To Riches – Helping Animals In Need held onto these animals for the chance to jump on board the New Landplane. Usually these are missions that we fly every week but with the PAART Airplane out of the rotation while we wait for the New Plane to arrive we had to switch these to ground missions. Waiting to take so many at once helps us stretch our resources.
Jim and Dave went to Morehead, KY two days ago and spent the night. Early yesterday they loaded up the Landplane with 44 special animals and made their way north where Cross Your Paws Rescue took the first batch of dogs. From there the team met Pals4Pets Rescue Inc where some of these animals will end up in the hands of service veterans free of charge.
These missions happen because of a team of people behind the scenes. The missions take careful planning and resources. We offer this service free of charge to both the sender and receiver and we rely on your support to give these animals a second chance. Please consider a small donation to help the next run of animals. They need your help.
PAART Landpilots Christina McCool Colantoni and Kelsey Seybert gave hope to 62 puppies for which a ride in our Landplane from Tennessee to New York would mean a second chance and a new beginning. What transpires on these rescues is often lost in the excitement of seeing these animals go from danger to safety. In between this a story about perseverance and the will to spend two days on the road to play a PAART in helping bring light to animals that need us.
Christina and Kelsey departed for Clarksville, TN on Monday. The duo happens to be a mother and daughter team who have come together to share the incredible experience of giving hope to 62 puppies they had never seen before. After spending the night they woke up and loaded all 62 into the New Landplane and headed north, back to Pittsburgh where our friends at North Shore Animal League America were waiting to take these 62 to their world class facility in Long Island. Along the way they ran into massive traffic, storms, and construction. The day started at 8am and finished at midnight. What a powerful force, a mom and her daughter willing themselves to complete a 48 hour mission. They wake up today happy are ready to do it again.
Time and time again we are truly amazed and inspired at the dedication of our volunteer team. Their hearts are full of love and their passion to go further is inspiring to all of us. Well done Christiana and Kelsey.
Todays mission is done in honor of our signature sponsor at our Dog Days of Summer 2018 fundraiser, VCA Fox Chapel Animal Hospital, VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital, VCA Duncan Manor Animal Hospital (Allison Park, PA), and VCA Met Vet West Animal Hospital. Please support these amazing clinics who are helping our team give hope to thousands of animals.
Did you know that chickens prefer classic rock? We didn’t either until we had 8 rescued chickens on a PAART Transport with Landpilots Rachel Logan and Amber Porter. 8 chickens made the journey from Danger to Safety yesterday on mission that started at 3:45am. Rachel and Amber made their way to Sate College, PA to meet Christine of Second Chance Chickens Microsanctuary where 8 Cornish Chickens crossed the road and took a second chance journey with our team. Once back in Pittsburgh all 8 chickens were taken to Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary where they now live out their lives free of danger and in farm luxury! Great work Rachel, who happens to be our Operations Manager, and Amber. #nochickenleftbehind
Help us continue to offer these kinds of missions free of charge to the sending and receiving shelter. These trips can mean life and death for an animal. Support our cause by coming to our 5th Annual Dog Days Of Summer Fundraiser presented by VCA Fox Chapel Animal Hospital. Tickets now on sale.
Almost a year later and we are still feeling the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. Imagine having to flee your home to save your life but in the process you have to leave your pet behind. Its heartbreaking to think but that is what happens. Hope has come though for those people who had to leave their pets behind. We are thrilled to partner with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center to unite these pets with their owners. Today is part one of a three part rescue involving multiple PAART Teams.
Landpilots Don Siegel and David Stash left for New Jersey yesterday where they spent the night and woke up to meet 9 dogs who would board our Landplane for the journey back to Pittsburgh to be reunited with their owners. The guys are currently in the road and will arrive later this afternoon. 9 families are going to be reunited after months. Its beautiful and we are holding back lots of tears of joy today.
63 dogs packed up their toys and hopped onboard the new PAART Landplane and headed north from Tennessee to Pittsburgh on a journey from danger to safety! The mission was sponsored and done in honor of the 4th grade class at Adat Shalom Pittsburgh. The students raised money to sponsor their very own rescue mission and we are thrilled to have the support of the entire class. Well done kids, well done.
After several hours of singing songs, playing Car Bingo, Punch Buggy and I Spy, the puppies arrived at PAART headquarters where they met up with our friends from North Shore Animal League America! They will move on to their shelter in Port Washington NY and will be placed up for adoption! All the puppies could talk about on the ride was getting the chance to live in a home with people to love, a place to lay their little heads, good food, new smells, and one even said he hopes to be a therapy dog some day and help people! Puppies with goals, you gotta love it!
PAART Land Pilot Captain Christina McCool Colantoni and her co-captain and daughter Kelsie Seybert left Pittsburgh on Monday morning, rested up in a hotel, loaded the baby four leggers up early Tuesday and headed back to Pittsburgh! Christina reports there was a lot of puppy breath in the air and her and Kelsie got lots of kisses of thanks for giving these puppies a lift to a wonderful life! Happy trails little puppies!
Thank you to our volunteer drivers for giving up their time so that we can save these precious lives and to our donors and supporters who make it all possible!
20 doggies went from danger to safety with three amazing Landpilots who pulled off a complicated but rewarding mission. Jim Moran, Rachel Logan and Michelle McGregor teamed up in the new PAART Landplane to help 20 tiny souls get the second chance they need to find their furever homes.
The day started before sunrise as the team headed to Charleston, WV to meet the The Paws Squad and our friend Robin. Once the team was loaded they headed north to Morgantown, WV to meet Pet Helpers Inc where the first few doggies would be going. From there they departed further north to meet Bridge To Home Animal Rescue and finally the Butler County Humane Society. These dogs all went to those three places. Please check their pages out and take a look. You may fall in love with one of the dogs we brought them or even another animal waiting in their shelter for you to bring them home.
Missions like this are done at no charge to the sending and receiving shelter. We rely on your private donations to give animals second chances. Please consider even a tiny donation. As little as a $5 donation helps our team on these runs. Thank you. Don’t forget we can always use new road and air pilots. Please visit our website at nodogleftbehind.org for more information on how to join our team.