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PET Project Tampa

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Thomas Behrens

on 25 June 2011

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P.E.T. Project Tampa Giving the Gift of Mobility to the World The Need There are more than 22 million people in the world today who have little or no mobility due to:

Land mines
Disease (AIDs, Polio, Diabetes, etc.)
Animal bites
Birth defects

The present network of PET workshops across the world are only able to meet less than .01% of the need each year. The Solution A vehicle that goes past where the sidewalk ends... What is a P.E.T.? Basic Construction is wood, with specially formed metal components PETs are built in more than twenty two workshops around the world (19 in the U.S.A.) PETs are shipped to those who are identified as ones in need of a transportation vehicle that accommodates loss or impairment of leg use. THIS is a PET! Weighs approximately 90 pounds
Shipped partially disassembled in a heavy cardboard box
Shipped with a tool kit for repairs, spare parts, seat belt, and instruction packet
Produced in three variants Adult
"Pull PET" New Shops:
PET Mexico – Reynosa
PET TX – Rio Grande Valley
PET MI – East Michigan
PET MI – Ann Arbor
PET TN – Memphis 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Reverend Larry Hills, missionary in Zaire (now Congo), Africa, told Reverend Mel West of the great need for three-wheeled, hand-cranked wheelchairs for victims of polio and landmines. Mel contacted Earl Miner, product designer and long-time friend and mission partner; and the process of the prototype design began. When prototype development was ready for field testing, four were shipped to Larry Hills with the instructions to “put these in the worst place you can find, and see if they pass the test.” Larry did, and the PETs did. Shipments began to Zaire, where Larry had set up a place to receive the frames, put on the wooden beds, and distribute them. Later the operation moved to Zambia and is now PET Zambia at New Life Center, led by Delbert Groves, United Methodist Missionary, Kitwe, Zambia, Africa. Bishop Machado of Mozambique saw the PET and requested a project there. Others did likewise. With limited funds and operating out of the West’s garage, and a room at Community United Methodist Church, the project grew. Tom Algiere, shop teacher, was sent by the United Methodist Church to Mozambique where he set up two PET production shops. Reverend Mel West set up a production, receiving and shipping facility in Columbia, Missouri USA. The PET Place facility receives parts made by volunteers and donated by businesses. Then the PETs are assembled and shipped to various areas of need around the world. Reverend Larry Hills set up a production shop in Penny Farms Retirement Center located in Penny Farms, Florida USA to focus on mobility needs in Haiti. Jake and Gwen Royall, members of First Christian Church, set up a production shop in Luling, Texas USA. New Shops:
PET NY – East Jewett
PET WA – Spokane
PET KS – Moundridge New Shops:
PET TX – San Antonio
PET South Africa – Cape Town New Shops:
PET Mexico – Nuevo Progresso
PET IA – Hawarden New Shops:
PET ME – Waterboro
PET FL – Jacksonville New Shops:
PET TX – Austin
PET MI – Holland Over 1,000 PETs are produced and shipped from across the US.

PET International is incorporated

New shops:
PET TN - Murfreesboro
PET FL - Tampa
PET MO - Southwest PET FL - Tampa produces 1000 PETs How are PETs Distributed? * PET International is a faith-based, volunteer driven, non-profit organization that coordinates the construction and distribution of PET vehicles.
* Each PET workshop is carefully set up and sanctioned by PET International so that every vehicle is built identically.
* PET International qualifies overseas partners by requiring:
- Ability to receive shipments and process importation
- Ability to identify qualified PET recipients
- Ability to assemble vehicles, fit, and train recipients
* PET International and PET Affiliates coordinate shipment logistics
* PET Affiliate loads container or transports to freight forwarder
* PET International Partner coordinates receiving and distribution of PET vehicles The History of PET Who Receives a PET? Physically Handicapped Individuals
Landmine Victims
Polio Victims
Animal Attack Victims
Amputees The Reward Changing Lives... ...one at a time. Sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Bringing dignity and respect to those who need it most. Demonstrating love and concern for those in need. PROTOTYPING PILOT WORKSHOPS SEED WORKSHOPS CULTIVATION MATURITY What can I do to help? Volunteer:
- Production and packing of PETs
- Administrative tasks
Financial Support:
- It takes about $250 in materials to build a PET
- How many PETs do you want to give?
Collect packing items for PET shipping (gallon water jugs, plastic water bottles, cardboard) You Can: Workshop:

1109 E. Osborne Ave.
Tampa, FL

P.O. Box 320126
Tampa, FL 33679

director@pettampa.org PET Tampa P.E.T. is an acronym for a Personal Energy Transportation vehicle. 
Each PET vehicle is a sturdy hand cranked wheelchair built to withstand demanding off road terrain. 
Uses solid wheelbarrow wheels
48”long x 40”high x 30”wide Where do PETs Go? PETs are in 92 countries around the world on four continents Metal Parts are cut, formed, and welded to make the body frame and front fork assembly (shown above) Loading a shipment of 174 PETs to Ecuador!
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