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24 dogs have a second chance and a new start thanks to the students at the The Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf. These amazing kids raised money to sponsor their own rescue mission. Their hard work and dedication to help make a difference resulted in this special mission to give hope to 24 dogs that needed some extra help.

On Friday PAART Landpilots Alicia Dible and Christina McCool Colantoni departed for West Liberty, KY in the Landplane. After spending the night in a local hotel they headed off to the Morgan County Animal Shelter where 24 dogs were anxiously waiting. Moving these animals out the shelter gives them a better chance at finding their furever homes while simultaneously creating space in the shelter so they can help 24 more animals in the region.

Once loaded the team headed back to Pittsburgh where they met up with 4 receiving shelters who had open space and a need in their region by their local population for adoptable animals. These dogs went to Pet Search, LaMancha Animal Rescue, Steel City Dog Rescue, and All But Furgotten. Please check out their pages for information on how to adopt these dogs. Great work everyone!

Thanks again to the kids at the Western PA School for the Deaf.

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81 dogs made a second chance journey with our incredible volunteer team. One of those dogs was the 7000th we have rescued. Its an amazing feeling to see that number and we want to thank everyone who has helped get us there. The sacrifice, the teamwork, the passion, without that there is no PAART. For every volunteer who has helped us in the past, and present, this mission is dedicated to you. You inspire us and make us all want to fly higher, drive further, and do our PAART to help give animals hope.

Landpilots Ralph Harlan Jr, Don Siegel, and Dennis Bayne hoped in the PAART Disaster Relief and Rescue Trailer while Landpliots Christina McCool Colantoni and Dawn Sepulveda took the Landplane. These 5 hero Landpilots headed off for Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter, Inc. two days ago. After spending the night they arrived at the shelter and loaded 81 special dogs for their journey to a new life. The team headed north and in the middle of the night, while most of us were sleeping, delivered all 81 to our friends at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.

Both teams are exhausted and are still making their way back. Thousands of miles, multiple days on the road, 81 lives saved. This is just the norm when you have passionate people like Ralph, Don, Dennis, Christina, and Dawn out there making a difference for animals.

Its beautiful….

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25 dogs had a simple choice, either move or become another statistic. PAART Landpilots Lisa and MIchael Duffy, Lisa Thomas, and Lori Carey were determined to give these 25 animals a second chance and a new purpose. All of them special dogs with beautiful stories. 4 of these dogs were even specially trained by inmates in a Kentucky prison to become free adoptable animals for vets.

Husband and Wife duo Lisa and Michael set off for the Morgan County Animal Shelter in Morehead, KY. After spending the night they met up with the “Fab Four,” Michele, Dori, Tonya, and Mitzah, and loaded up 25 special animals in the Landplane. Now at capacity Lisa and Michael made their way back to Pittsburgh to switch drivers and unload animals bound for Pittsburgh.

At the PAART Headquarters at the Allegheny County Airport the team met up with Pet Search, Paws Across Pittsburgh, and All But Furgotten who each took animals to their incredible shelters. The day was not over though for the PAART Team as a second team boarded the Landplane and headed off to Meadville, PA to meet Pals4Pets Rescue Inc. Landpilots Lisa Thomas and Lori Carey took the 4 specially trained by prison inmate animals to Pals4Pets along with a few other animals.

It was long few days but we are thrilled to see 25 lives saved by a group of incredibly dedicated people. Great work Landpilots, Coordinators, and Shelters. It takes a Team to make this happen and we are thrilled to have the best of the best on ours.

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21 cats who had run out of time have a second chance thanks to Landpilots Mary Kennedy Withrow and Don Siegel. We got an urgent call from our friends Animal Friends of Barbour County about their shelter being extremely over capacity. Its times like these that our team is needed the most. There was only one solution, we had to go rescue these cats. So we did what we love to do, we started planning, loaded up, and set out for a run to Bellington, WV.

After a long day or driving we headed off with our special passengers for their journey to North Shore Animal League America where they will have as best chance as anywhere. These kitties hit the jackpot!

Its missions likes these that symbolize how we feel about animals. When we found out we jumped at the chance to help. We put together a rescue mission ASAP. Since this was going to be a long mission we did the little things like spray the crates with Feliway, a natural pheromone that cats produce, to keep them calm. We built little beds for each one so they would be comfortable. These cats purred for hundreds of miles.

Special crates, custom equipment, these are all tools that your support helps us offer for our furry friends. But beyond that, its the love and support you all show us that makes what we do easier. Its the shares, the likes, and the comments that reach new people who want to join and be a part of the story. Its the awareness you bring to the issues impacting animals. Each of you plays a PAART in helping these animals when you like and support our mission. On behalf of the whole team and our furry friends we just wanted to take a second to thank you.

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The longer animals sit in a shelter waiting to be adopted the harder it becomes psychologically. This is a central issue for all of us in Animal Rescue. 15 dogs who were some of the longest tenured in the shelter was the target of a rescue mission that PAART Landpilots Jim Moran and Lisa Thomas conducted yesterday. The team set out to give hope to 15 dogs in Dublin, Va at the Pulaski County Humane Society.

These lucky 15 were taken to New Lease on Life Rescue in Ohio were they are getting a second chance to find their furever home. Instead of giving up good people got together to make a difference and help the unwanted. Along the way something that happens a lot to us as you can imagine made the story even better!

When we put word out for this mission one of the Landpilots on the mission Jim Moran fell in love with one of the dogs after seeing her online. Jim, like so many PAART volunteers before him, made one of the dogs he went to rescue his own. Her name is Murphy and we are sure Jim will post some pics of Murphy in her new home. Great work Jim and Lisa and welcome to the family Murphy!

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26 dogs overcame weather delays, frozen shelter pipes and a four day postponement but are on their way to a second chance and a new beginning with the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. PAART Pilots Kate Blakley and Cara Giannanandrea have been on the road for 10 plus hours to give these animals something they deserve but have been missing, hope.

It takes a village. Its a saying you hear a lot in animal rescue and its worth pointing out especially on a rescue like this with tons of moving parts, delays, and people. The “Fab 4” in Kentucky as our director Mary Kennedy Withrow likes to call them, Michele Coldwell, Tonya Spencer, Mitza Smith, and Dori McCalvin; your 4 are incredible! The mission started with less animals but with the weather delay and shelter losing water causing a delay these 4 worked hard to add more to the trip. From 12 to 26. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. We have officially adopted you 4 into the PAART family.

24 of the 26 are coming to Pittsburgh to the Beaver County Humane Society, Paws over Pittsburgh, and Pet Search. The two German Shepards are going to Char-Wills German Shepherd Rescue in Philly. Thank you to everyone at the Morgan County Humane Society, the Wolfe County Animal Shelter, and the Albany County Shelter.

And one more thing….Lets all congratulate Kate on her 100th animal saved! Good work Kate. We are lucky to have you on the team.

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Temps in the single digits, a shelter without heat, and a box of puppies found in a field by a hunter. Its a nightmare scenario and one that required immediate help from our Team. PAART Landpilots Don Siegel and Kelly Kincaid braved the freezing cold, unexpected snow squalls, and winds that rocked the Landplane to rescue 34 animals from imminent danger.

The duo set out for Dublin, VA early yesterday morning after we got the call from a shelter that was without heat. The pups and cats were the most vulnerable so that is where we focused our attention. 34 animals, a mixture of dogs and cats, made it on board for our life saving mission. The animals were taken North to Ohio and the New Lease on Life Rescue where they will get a second chance to find their furever home.

We will let Don end this by using his own words when describing to us how this mission went:

“Some may wonder if the volunteers at PAART are crazy to meet the driving, scheduling and weather
challenges that volunteers encounter on every mission, but we think it would be crazy not to do it,
because at PAART this is what we do” – Don Siegel.

We couldn’t agree more Don and thank you for changing the lives of these animals.

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Of the millions of animals euthanized in 2017 18 were spared at the last moment on the last day of the year thanks to Landpilots Jim Moran and Lisa Thomas. After snow postponed the trip the Landplane finally made it to Huntington, WV to meet ASAP- Advocates Saving Adoptable Pets early this morning. The team is loaded and on their way to Ritner Kennel Rescue in eastern PA.

While most of us are getting ready for tonights big moment Jim and Lisa will be on the last part of this special mission to give a second chance to 18 souls. 2017 saw a lot change for PAART but one thing we can always rely on is incredible people like Jim and Lisa who think nothing of giving up their holiday to give 18 dogs a chance.

Thousands of animals have a new family in 2017 thanks to the amazing people who make up our team. Every mile flown, every toll road or gas break, every dirty crate, funny animal, and new friends made, you were a part of these moments that made up 2017.

It started as a simple idea to provide free transport to shelters who couldn’t afford to move animals that were going to be euthanized. It grew, it expanded, and along the way we learned that hope is alive and well and people, when given the chance to be a hero, will line up to try. Happy New Year everyone!!!

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Can we get 4 dogs delivered to military veterans in time for Christmas? This was the challenge we faced with only two days to go till the big day. These special animals were trained by inmates in Kentucky as a second chance for both the prisoners and the animals. Landpilots Teresa Gamble and Brandon Lyda were up for the task of driving from Pittsburgh to Kentucky and then to Erie to make this special Christmas rescue a reality. For Brandon, a Vet himself, the mission took on special meaning.

These dogs would have been lost if it wasn’t for this incredible rehabilitation program. Teresa and Brandon met up with the folks at the Morgan County Animal Shelter and loaded these special dogs for their journey. Like all of our missions there are challenges and pitfalls that make each one difficult. This mission had its challenges but with the clock running we had to grant these vets, who have given so much to all of us, their wish and get them these special dogs that each of them received free of charge from our friends at Pals4Pets Rescue Inc.

We are thrilled to report that as many of us are getting ready for tomorrows holiday, and tonights festivities, there are a few vets and their pooches in New York right now getting used to each other and developing that special bond that keeps all of us here at PAART ready and willing to go the extra mile to try and make a difference. Merry Christmas everyone. We hope your holidays are as special and that tomorrow brings another day of hope for our furry friends.

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When we dream we think of 38 families waking up on Christmas morning with a new dog and years of happiness that animal will bring them. Landpilots Lisa Thomas and Terry Holleran didn’t just dream that dream, they went out and made it happen. Early this morning, after spending yesterday on the road, our PAART team members arrived in Martinsville, VA to bring hope to 38 dogs. These animals had no other choice but to move or become another statistic as we close out 2017.

All 38 of these animals have a unique story but the common theme is that sometimes there just isn’t enough room in shelters, and for no fault of their own, they face a heartbreaking choice. Either they have to put these animals down, or hope that someone will come for them. Our team is that someone and what we do is offer a third choice, we will take these animals, free of charge, and bring them somewhere that can provide for them and give them the best possible chance at waking up Christmas morning in the arms of a loving family. Its a second chance rescue that we can offer as alternative, paid for by our incredible donors.

All of these animals went to North Shore Animal League America. Please contact them if you or someone your know is looking to make one of these animals a new member of their family.

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