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The PAART Dogumentary

Learn about our mission and see what we do

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Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team is a 501.c3 charity founded on the idea of bringing animals from danger to safety. The group operates out of Allegheny County Airport (KAGC) in Pittsburgh, PA. Animal rescue and advocacy is our passion. The core work of our group is the air rescue of at risk animals. In addition to rescues, we perform community outreach, the transportation of supplies, and fundraising and advocacy for animals. This rescue blog highlights some of our work.

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4 planes and 16 dogs later….

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Our epic rescue!!! PAART rescued 16 large breed dogs, using 4 airplanes, 5 pilots, 2 ground support pilots, a flight coordinator, and an army of ground transportation people got off without a major hitch. The planes departed KAGC and headed to Morgantown, WV to pick up the dogs. The dogs were loaded up and the […]

The Great Puppy Rescue

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10 dogs and puppies heading to Western PA Humane Society as we speak. All taken from doggie death row in West Virginia. Great team effort with BARC. Today’s flight was piloted by Bob and Jeremy. All of the puppies and dogs arrived safely and were promptly adopted. Another great mission that illustrates our mission of […]

Rescue Flight to Yeager 9/20/2014

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Beautiful morning for a little flying and a lot of dog rescuing! Multiple sending and receiving shelters today. We needed two planes to pull this off. The first plane up was the 182 with pilots Bob Calabrisi and Jeff Bonasso at the helm. Following the 182 were pilots Jonathan Plesset and Vijay Gulati in the […]

Party With PAART Fundraiser Sept. 6, 2014

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On Saturday September 6th, 2014 we held our largest fundraiser ever at the Allegheny County Airport. Over 400 people attended the event that featured food from Bella Christie, The Pittsburgh Taco Truck, Pittsburgh Mac & Cheese, and the Pittsburgh Bites. A live auction hosted by channel 11′s own Allan Jennings raised over $12,000.00 with merchandise […]

PAART receives Proclamation from Allegheny County

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On Sept 6th the team was honored to receive an Allegheny County Proclamation from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald declaring the September 6th 2014 is officially PAART Day in Allegheny County. The team was honored to receive such a great honor from the county. We want to thanks the entire team for their efforts and the […]

Operation Jakester

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Operation Jakester was a HUGE success. After being grounded last week by torrential downpours the team rebounded in a big way. Pilots Bob Calabrisi, Jonathan Plesset, Brad Childs and Jeff took to the sky on a multi-state, multi-plane rescue. At 7:30 am Bob and Jeff Bonasso took the Cessna 182 to Yeager, WV. At 7:35 […]

Maryland Rescue 7-27-14

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Pilots Brad Childs and Jonathan Plesset took the Diamond to Maryland to rescue an adorable Pit/Boxer mix puppy Miles. The flight was flown under instrument conditions since we had pretty thick cloud coverage there and back. Going down we were able to travel at 170kts with the aid of a 30kts tailwind. Coming home though […]

Diamond Academy Field Trip

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We had a group of kids visit the airport to hear about PAART and learn about what we do. Our best pilot, Jonathan Plesset, walked the kids through the airport an explained the history of KAGC. We then went down to the plane where Jon showed the kids the Diamond and explained how people get […]

Bluefield, WV Rescue

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We had a very memorable rescue this morning. Pilots Brad Childs and Jonathan Plesset took the Diamond down to Bluefield, WV and picked up 11 adorable puppies. The trip had a sad undertone when Brad found out the night before that his beloved Lab Jake was very sick. We are all hoping that Jake gets […]

Memorial Day Rescue

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What an beautiful day for a rescue flight! Pilots Robert Calabrisi and Jeremy Gugino took the plane down to Charleston, WV to rescue three amazing doggies. Upon exiting the plane one of the dogs left behind a very special parting gift that happened to get all over Jeremy and Bob. We have some amazing footage […]