About PTTR

First Rescue

In the summer of 2014, friends Michael Schneider & Brian Orter embarked on their first rescue mission. A litter of abandoned “ditch” puppies, a Chihuahua and some mutts from North Carolina were slated to be euthanized. Springing into action, Michael and Brian rose to the occasion and volunteered their piloting skills for the last leg delivering 10 dogs so they could be adopted by loving homes.

Brian & Michael are best flying friends!


Ditch puppies from North Carolina taking their first (and hopefully last) flight!


Skeeter working the trim wheel!
This one literally got away running across an active taxiway!


Michael with Nitro, a sweet black lab mix!
Michael & Brian 10 rescues on the very first mission!


PTTR Foundations

Less than a year later, with the powerful life curriculum taught at Landmark, Michael’s dream combining his love of aviation and rescuing animals turned into a reality. In less than 48 hours, Michael enrolled those closest to him and raised more than $10,000 in startup funds for Pilots to the Rescue.


PTTR’s Mission

Pilots to the Rescue’s mission is to save potential pets facing euthanasia utilizing an advanced rescue flight system. Enrolling a network of trained pilots, shelters, ground teams and veterinarians, PTTR gives little souls filled with unconditional love a second chance in a furever home.