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Spread the LOVE and Joy!

Mark a donation and send your special valentine a special Dog Is My CoPilot made e-card.  You’ll be helping to spread the LOVE and joy shelter pets bring to our lives this holiday!

2023 Giving Season: August 11-September 15

The Impact of Giving through Old Bill’s Fun Run

Run Day: September 9, 2023 at Jackson Elementary School Fields on Willow Street

For over 30 years, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has leveraged local philanthropy to make nonprofits more effective and our community stronger. Dog Is My CoPilot is grateful to be part of this incredible event. Each year, funds raised through Old Bill’s touch the lives of everyone including pets in Teton County!

We have expanded to SAVE more LIVES!

We now operate two Cessna caravans to transport twice as many adoptable pets from overcrowded shelters to new adoption partners all over the country. The second plane is based in Texas and will be flying adoptable animals to new partners in the central and northeast. Operating two aircrafts allows us to expand our partner network and double the number of lives that we save each year.

Fly along with us and watch this video from BOBS from Skechers! Together with Petco Love, we are giving shelter pets a second chance at life by transporting them from cities where the shelters are overcrowded, to cities where the demand for rescue is high. A win-win for everyone involved and a true mission of love.


We are looking to expand our animal-rescue team by adding a full-time paid Cessna Caravan pilot.


We are a nonprofit committed to transporting animals from communities with overcrowded municipal shelters to animal adoption centers and families waiting to adopt a new pet.


We believe that collaboration with individual animal shelters and adoption organizations, which manage the placement of animals in their local communities, is key to saving more lives!


We believe that collaboration with individual animal shelters and adoption organizations, which manage the placement of animals in their local communities, is key to saving more lives!

Recent News & Videos


Flying Dogs to their Forever Homes

Correspondent Conor Knighton takes to the skies with Wyoming pilot Peter Rork, a retired surgeon and pilot who’s found a new purpose in life by helping dogs in need find homes, flying animals to adoption centers through his non-profit, Dog Is My CoPilot.


Follow our lifesaving journey transporting pets from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers nationwide.


BOBS from Skechers™ is proud to help animals take to the skies with Dog is My CoPilot.


Wyoming Pilot Flies Rescued Pets to Forever Homes with Nonprofit


Petco Foundation Lifesaving Awards, Love in Action 2019 honoree.


Honor someone special in your life with a gift and send your honoree a personalized e-card. Remember a loved one with a memorial gift, donate to honor someone’s birthday or a special occasion.


Your purchase supports our mission to transport at-risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other geographic regions where loving families are waiting.


The Latest from Dog Is My Copilot

Saving the Lives of Shelter Animals All Comes Down to Working Together

Saving the lives of shelter animals all comes down to working together! One of the greatest experiences we’ve had is getting the opportunity to meet our shelter and rescue partners in person!

Transporting 30,000 pets to safety and counting 

We are excited to reconnect with you and share the impact our community of animal lovers has made this year. Together, with your support, and the help of our partners, we are flying nearly 1,000 animals to new forever homes every month.

Rescuing Hercules and Making a Difference in Overcrowded Shelters

At the heart of the rescue season, our two airplanes have been wheels up nearly seven days week. As the demand for transportation services grows, we recently achieved a significant milestone by flying our 30,000th passenger. We are excited to share Hercules' story, a delightful addition to our rescue family!

Old Bill’s Fun Run

We are so excited that the Old Bill’s Fun Run Giving season is upon us!  For over 25 years, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has leveraged local philanthropy to make nonprofits more effective and our community stronger.

Doubling Down on Saving Shelter Pets Nationwide 

As we're ‘flying’ into the summer months we want to celebrate our success'es during one of the hardest years for shelters nationwide. Together with our partners we are rescuing nearly 1,000 animals a month but the situation for shelter pets is becoming evermore urgent.  

Thank you 27,000 lives saved

We are humbled by the extraordinary generosity of our community and we are excited to announce that we have successfully reached our fundraising matching goal of $25,000 for my birthday fundraiser. This remarkable achievement fills us with excitement as we prepare to put these funds to work to rescue more animals.

Celebrating Pilot Peter’s Birthday and 26,000 passengers flown to safety!

As we kick off May, we're excited to celebrate our 26,000th passenger flown to safety! Our two airplanes have already touched down on both coasts and both borders of the continental United States, and have been 'Wheels up' nearly every day transporting hundreds of dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters to the safety of receiving organizations.  

Saving Lives Together with our Shelter Partners

This Spring, our team hit the road to visit our shelter partners in Texas. This was one of the most impactful rescue trips we’ve ever made!

Flying into the new year with dogs landing in homes!

Quasi was a rescue we met at the end of 2022. He was left by his owners at a large municipal shelter in Merced, California. He had an infection in his body that was life threatening and he needed help right away.

We are thrilled to parter with Pet Notify a company that provides technology solutions protecting pets and pet parents!

Join our flight team to learn more about the lives we save.

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🥳 Happy New Year! 🎊 🎆 

The best part of 2023 was getting to see our furry passengers landing in homes! 

Our biggest heartfelt thank you to everyone who has made it possible for the 30,000 (and counting lives) we have flown to safety! Be sure to leave a 💙 in the comments below to spread the joy and love shelter pets bring to our lives! 🎉
Hi there, it’s Pilot Peter and my cute CoPilot! We wanted you to hear this exciting news straight from the cockpit— that one of our favorite pups Abba just increased our matching campaign! All donations until the end of the year will be matched up to $50,000: Link  in bio to donate.  That means your end of year gift will go twice as far helping us fly homeless pets to new homes in 2024.

Thank you for all your love and support!  We are so close to reaching our goal! 🐾✈️🏠
Happy Holidays! Thank you for being part of the Dog Is My CoPilot family. We are celebrating 30,000 (and counting) lives saved and are truly grateful for all your love and kindness supporting our mission. Wishing you a joyful holiday with your family, friends, and furry loved ones. 

Bubba, currently living ‘The Good Life’ in Portland Oregon thanks to our friends @epanimalsvc and @otatpdx.
Huge shout out to our very good friend @rita_earl_blackwell for ALWAYS sharing and spending time with urgent dogs in need from overcrowded shelters. 

Sophia (now Sophie) arrived as a stray at one of the higher intake and lower adoption shelters in Los Angeles.  Just 11 days after arriving she was cleared for euthanasia.

One of dear volunteer pilots, Jeff and his wife Erica saw her on Instagram and headed straight to the shelter. They met and had an instant connection. They ADOPTED her at that very moment! 🥰

This is proof the more you share the more lives will be saved!  PLEASE share this video and drop our friend Rita a 💙 in the comments below to show Rita some appreciation for all the time she spends at shelters taking photos and videos to ensure these lovely dogs get a chance to be seen and SAVED.
Each year, Dog Is My CoPilot saves thousands of homeless pets by flying them to safety, all thanks to lifesaving supporters like YOU.  Giving Tuesday is here and all donations will be 🎉MATCHED 🎉by a special supporter, so your gift will make DOUBLE the impact.  To make a lifesaving donation, you can simply click the “donate” button or go to our fundraiser online:  https://dogcopilot.org/year-end-campaign/ or find the link in our bio. 

We hope you will join us in raising funds for the animals who need it the most— the pets in shelters waiting to find homes.  We are truly grateful for your support and humbled by your generosity. 💙 - Pilot Peter

✨Life after being rescued! ✨Watch this video to see how life is going for sweet Titan! 

Picked up as a stray, emaciated with infected skin, our shelter partners @robert.pawsandstridesrescue immediately stepped into action to save his life. Fast forward and Titan landed in the arms of his new family thanks to our amazing partners @lifesaversanimalrescue 
Thank you to all our supporters and life saving shelter and rescue partners we feel so honored to work alongside you!
It was dark and a little chilly this morning as Captain Maresca loaded The Big Dog with our friends from Amazing Grace Pet Rescue, Lovington Animal Shelter, and DC PAWS.  This crew is ready to start their next adventure in Colorado so stay tuned for updates as these sweet passengers settle into the good life and find homes in the Rockies 🏔️! Thank you @petcolove  for helping to fuel our mission and helping thousands of shelter pets nation wide! Captain Maresca is heading startight back to Texas to save more lives! To all our followers, supporters and shelter and rescue partners, you make this lifesaving work possible, THANK YOU! 🙌🐾✈️
Wheels up!  Nothing but tail wags and smiling faces with our incredible lifesaving partners and our amazing pilots as we fly 40 dogs from our good friends at @epanimalsvc and @theundergrounddog sponsored by @petcolove ! 

This crew never stops working as they save the lives of adoptable animals that come into their care!  These furry passengers are getting excited to land with freinds in the Pacific North West from @otatpdx @wetnosesfosterpaws
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