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WATCH: Volunteers in Pittsburgh welcome nearly 70 shelter dogs from SA

42 dogs transported, 25 flown out to make room in SA shelters

Courtesy: PAART YouTube Page
Courtesy: PAART YouTube Page

SAN ANTONIO – As hundreds of organizations across the nation continue to lend a helping hand in the Harvey relief efforts, the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team is contributing by giving nearly 70 shelter dogs from San Antonio a second chance almost 1,500 miles away.

The relocation provided by PAART, an animal rescue team from Pittsburgh, allows the San Antonio Humane Society to progress in the effort of rescuing pets from areas affected by Harvey.

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SAHS has continued to rescue animals from some of Texas’ hardest-hit areas, bringing the displaced pets to the Alamo City.

However, in order for SAHS to continue that effort, PAART offered to transport 42 dogs by land and 25 by air to Pittsburgh to make room in local shelters.

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PAART’s pilot, Pete Lehman, said giving animals a second chance in life “feels really good.”

“I like animals. I like some people too, but I like animals," Lehman said.

According to PAART’s YouTube page, the organization sent its Disaster Relief and Rescue Trailer to San Antonio and the crew spent “62 hours over a 72-hour period to drive 3,000 miles to help” arriving Sunday.

PAART said its crewmembers “took off work, canceled their holiday plans and left behind their families.”

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On its YouTube page, PAART recorded the heartwarming moment as the organization's trailer and airplane arrived at the final destination.

The shelter dogs from San Antonio were immediately greeted by volunteers and will be soon taken to various rescue groups across the Pittsburgh-area.

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Along with providing new homes for the rescued pups, PAART also delivered thousands of pounds of supplies to the San Antonio Humane Society.

agarcia@ksat.com


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