More local rescues getting hurricane dogs

Hurricane Harvey Dogs are coming to Animal Friends, thanks to volunteers with Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team. Shelter staff are urging local animal lovers to adopt dogs currently in the Ohio Township shelter to make way for dogs from Texas.

“Animal Friends helped PAART to fill their planes with supplies for the animal shelters in Texas,” says an Animal Friends news release. “PAART will deliver the supplies and return on Monday with 27 dogs. This will help to free up space in the Texas animal shelters so they can help the animals displaced by the flooding.”

PAART "planes" in this case are their land planes, which are actually very large vans that hold many more dogs than the small private airplane their pilots still fly on smaller missions closer to home.

A total of 50 dogs will be picked up in San Antonio, Texas by PAART. More than half are going to Animal Friends and others are going to Humane Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh, Beaver County Humane Society, All But Forgotten rescue in Irwin, and two rescues in Washington County -- Pet Search and Angel Ridge Animal Rescue.

People interested in adopting should go to or call the shelter at 412-847-7000. 

More information: go to the Facebook pages and websites of Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team ( and Animal Friends ( or call the shelter at 412-847-7000.