PITTSBURGH AVIATION ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM

from danger to safety

aka PAART   |   West Mifflin, PA   |  www.nodogleftbehind.org

Mission

Vision Statement PAART seeks to improve the lives of people by connecting the animal welfare community through its lifesaving resources and rescue services, giving second chances to animals in danger. Mission Statement To save the lives of animals in danger while enriching the lives of people.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mary Kennedy Withrow

Main address

15 Allegheny County Airport

West Mifflin, PA 15122 USA

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EIN

45-5576740

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We would like to be able to hire someone to help with fundraising, we do an unbelievable job in saving animals on the resources available. Aviation is very expensive, we would like to be able to say yes to everyone who asks for help. We do not charge for any of our services and don't ever want to. Many of the shelters we deal with have limited resources and it's a goal of ours to be able to help them in some way. Spay neuter, vaccines, and other initiatives to help the animals and people in some of the regions we work with that have so little is something we would love to be able to do. When we travel to rural Kentucky, or rural Tennessee or pick one from the south and see how some of the animals are living, or how much accidental breeding happens and dogs end up on the side of the roads. We would really like to have a "give back" program and help these shelters and the educational programs or lack thereof that they have or need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transportation of At-Risk Animals

We rescue animals who are in overcrowded, underfunded shelters, animals who are in areas of natural disasters and animals who are victims of animal cruelty. We then take those animals to locations where they have a chance at a new life.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To be able to bring any animal from danger to safety. There are parts of the country where there are still so many animals in danger that we just don't have the resources to get to them. Now that we have a shortage of dogs in the Northeast, we need to get to the healthy dogs who are being euthanized in the southwest and Texas. Pets play such an important role in the health and well being of people, and we realize this every time we rescue an animal. Some of the places the animals end up are so amazing, as therapy dogs in hospitals, as service dogs for a veteran with PTSD, as a loving companion for someone who has no one. It's endless.

Trying to find more grant opportunities, trying to purchase a plane that has two engines so we can cross the Rocky Mountains and get into the lower parts of Texas and help the people and the animals there as there are just so many.

We operate the only land and air rescue operation in the country. We have ground vehicles for when the weather is not suitable for flying. Our executive director is going to make her goals for the coming year around searching for and seeking funds via grants or otherwise to be able to get a larger aircraft, to be able to pay for spay and neuter and educational programs in those areas of the country where animals are desperate and where people who own animals are in need of help, help with medical costs that would keep their animals from leaving their homes and going to a shelter.

We are closing in on 10,000 animals rescued in the last 6 years. By growing from two pilots and one very small twin engine plane to over 100 volunteers, two ground transport vehicles, and a Mahindra airvan that can hold 6 times as many animals as our last airplane. We now have a paid executive director, we have grown from working with just a few rescues to over 100 rescues around the eastern United States. We did our first international rescue after Hurricane Maria and had a donor charter a plane to take emergency veterinary medical supplies as well as generators, batteries, water, toiletries and insulin to the island of Tortola. We returned with 45 animals and two rescuers who had been stranded. To date in 2018, we have rescued just over 2,000 animals. We took our plane and one of our ground transport vehicles to Texas to help out with Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017. We believe where there is a will there is a way and we want to do so much more!

Financials

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PITTSBURGH AVIATION ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM

Board of directors
as of 10/22/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jonathan Plesset

Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team

Term: 2017 - 2017


Board co-chair

Brad Childs

Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team

Term: 2017 - 2017

Jan Kerr

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No