About

PET is a faith-based, volunteer-powered, humanitarian, and worldwide organization,
registered as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Early PET Prototype

Early PET Prototype

Early PET Prototype with car-like seat

Early PET Prototype with car-like seat

Beginnings

PET began in 1995 when 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 West at drill press

Mel West at drill press

Mel contacted Earl Miner, product designer and longtime friend and mission partner, and the process of the prototype design began.

Earl Miner on PET

Earl Miner on PET

In 1996, 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 Hills on early PET

Larry Hills on early PET

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. See history for the full story.