Rescue Team Changes Mission And Delivers 100,000 Pounds Of Dog Food
They usually fly to the rescue when animals are in danger. Now they're rescuing family pets from hunger during this unprecedented time of need.
For more than a decade the men and women who volunteer with the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) have been coming to the aid of animals in danger. Usually they're flying to overcrowded shelters and natural disasters to rescue dogs, cats and other pets.
Now their mission is taking a different turn because of the economic situation created by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. They're grounded from flying to physically to rescue animals, so they're "rescuing" family pets by making sure these animals have enough to eat.
They've already flown and driven around the country to pick up and distribute pet food for distribution to animal shelters (check out our previous story). This time they did their own distribution to families in need. They started with a tractor trailer stacked with 100,000 pounds of dog food to give away.
Cars, trucks, vans, all lined up at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. Each one pulled through the line where volunteers loaded a free bag of food in backseats or trunks.
PAART co-founder and pilot, Brad Childs, told me how it all came together and why they decided to take action. He also shares how you can help.
This is all part of PAART's COVID-19 Emergency Pet Food Program: Feed Them All
"In order to spare the lives of these animals PAART is working to get food into the hands of families with pets to keep these animals where they belong, inside their loving homes, offering comfort during this crisis."
The dog food isn't being donated, but PAART is buying it at a discounted price. That's why they're asking people to help support the cause with donations. Every dollar they receive equals two pounds of pet food.