Dog Is My CoPilot receives national award

Tune in to the live broadcast on @PetcoFoundation’s Facebook page, November 14 at 5 PM PST!

Dog Is My CoPilot is being honored at the Petco Foundation Lifesaving Awards as the recipients of the Love in Action Award.  This award recognizes and celebrates an organization that put their love into action to save animals across the country.

“We are so honored to accept this incredible award from the Petco Foundation.  We are on a mission to save more lives and we couldn’t do it without the support of the Petco Foundation and from our incredible community,”  said Dr. Peter Rork, President and chief Pilot of Dog Is My CoPilot.

Tune in LIVE on the @PetcoFoundation Facebook page November 14 beginning at 5 PM PST to celebrate this achievement with us! Go to:  https://www.facebook.com/PetcoFoundation/

At the event, 500 pet-loving guests will come together to honor extraordinary animal welfare heroes, like those at Dog Is My CoPilot. Hosted by Nancy O’Dell, the awards will bring together some of the pet industry’s top brands to celebrate and recognize seven organizations and individuals from across the country for their dedication, determination and daily actions to create lifesaving impact for pets in need.

“The Petco Foundation’s Lifesaving Awards is a celebration of love that saves animal lives and represents our gratitude to animal welfare heroes who put their love into action every day,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “We are excited this year to celebrate our 20-year history of saving lives and recognize and honor exemplary performance of these seven organizations and individuals whose dedication and commitment to solutions and achieving success creates a significant lifesaving impact.”

To learn more about the Petco Foundation and the Lifesaving Awards, visit: http://www.petcofoundation.org/awards.

 

Thank you Brody for being our flight sponsor!

The Big Dog is flying into action, and will be saving hundreds of dogs and cats on our upcoming rescue flights this Spring!  We have flights departing from overcrowded shelters in Northern California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona in the next few weeks.  Our rescue flights provide communities that struggle with pet overpopulation with a fully funded transport service to rescue organizations that find each animal a home.

We would like to THANK our upcoming flight sponsor, Brody and his mom Mary Ann Cofrin!  This amazing duo has fully sponsored our flight allowing us to reach even more pets in need.  The Big Dog will be departing from Las Cruces, New Mexico and flying our furry passengers to rescue partners in Idaho.  If you would like to learn more about our awesome rescue partner organizations that will be participating on this special flight, please find them on the following social media pages: Uncaged Paws and Tails to Freedom Flights, Alpine Humane Society, El Paso Animal Services, Idaho Humane Society, and Mountain Humane.

We rely on the generous support from people like you to help fuel these rescue flights.  Join us on these first few flights in Spring by making a gift today— Your donation will fill up the fuel tanks and allow us to reach these animals to fly them to safety.  If you would like to learn more about sponsoring a full rescue flight please send a message to flightupdates@dogcopilot.org

Red will be one of our passengers and is packing his bag to board the Big Dog! Red is Pit Bull mix that loves everyone but has been overlooked by adopters in a rural Texas shelter.  By transporting him to one of our partner organizations in Idaho, he will have a second chance to find that perfect family!

            

Helping dogs like Red, and so many other dogs and cats, is only possible because of people like you! We want you to know that your gift today goes straight to saving animal lives— we receive restricted funding to cover our operational and administrative expense. Every dollar you give goes directly to animal transport, saving the lives of thousands of animals each year!

 

Rescue stories that will warm your heart

Thanks to you, this year we flew 2,741 dogs and cats to safety and also celebrated flying our 10,000th passenger! We are so incredibly grateful for the lifesaving work that people like you and our partners make possible throughout the year. 

This heartwarming video documents the arrival of a few very special passengers!  Sugar, Kona, Pico, and Ruthie were saved from an overcrowded animal shelter in San Antonio, Texas and were Pilot Peter’s CoPilots and flew all the way to Jackson, Wyoming where they finally got the second chance they deserved. Little did they know their lives would be changed forever the moment they touched ground—you can check out all the adventures that these pups are having now in the stories below! 

Sugar

“It was truly love at first sight! Sugar was extremely timid and shut down when we first got her – she didn’t play, shedidn’t run, she was terrified of everything. Within 2 weeks she was a completely different dog! We joke that she is part cheetah because she runs SO fast! Sugar is now a playful, sometimes rambunctious, puppy. She’s gentle with our kids and our cat and has been pretty easy to train. She likes to sleep on her human sister’s bed and does not like to be alone. The one difficulty we’ve had is that she is still fearful of men for some reason. Even now she gets easily frightened by her human dad and does not listen to him well. We continue to work on this.  Sugar has been a joy to have in our family and we are so thankful she found us all the way from TX. We love her somuch!!”

 

 

Pico

“Dog is My Copilot is one of my favorite organizations now because it made it possible for Pico and me to meet. My boyfriend saw a newspaper article posted about the dogs they flew to the Animal Adoption Center, and told me “you don’t want to miss out on dogs like these.” He was right. As soon as I picked him up from the Adoption Center our first trial night, I knew I was never giving him back. Pico is my first dog, and as a newbie dog owner, he has gone pretty easy on me (only destroying 2 paper towel rolls, and putting a few holes in my tent – these were used as learning experiences for the both of us).

Within 4 days of getting to know each other, Pico went backpacking, got a new dog buddy named Denali, and fit right in to the art gallery scene in Jackson (I work at Turner Fine Art gallery, and he comes to work with me every day). He loves meeting and playing with other dogs, getting belly scratches, romping on trails, and he is getting acquainted with his first Winter (cold toes!). He road tripped to Colorado in July to go on vacation with my family where he was loved up by my brothers and parents, got to try out swimming, and went on his first boat ride. He is a perfect example of a Love-a-bull (pittbull), working to give a great breed of dogs a better reputation. I’m so glad to have Pico as my copilot!”

 

Ruthie

“To say our experience with Ruthie has been a success would be an understatement. We’ve grown so close to her over the past several months, it’s hard to imagine life without her. It feels like fate or at least serendipity brought her to the farmer’s market that day in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We’ve temporarily moved back to Louisiana so I can finish school. Before we left Wyoming, Ruthie and I took a trip into the Wyoming backcountry in a place called the “Winds” and she loved it! She’s loyal, tuned to our emotions, and has been a peach in terms of obedience and house-training. We’re so grateful to have such a wonderful pup in our lives.”  Scott and Madeline

Kona

“You would never guess Kona,would be the dog she is today. Even upon meeting her and bringing her into our home, we were a bit hesitant about her personality and temperament. WOW were we mistaken, Kona out-hikes, out- climbs, out-swims, out- runs, OUT EVERYTHING’s us! She is hilarious, sweet, goofy, WEIRD!! (some times I wonder if she is part mountain goat!) We love her and cannot imagine life without her. She is a wonderful dog.

When we brought her into our home, she was soooo scared of my fiancé (males specifically). Since then she has warmed up and even “play wrestles” with him (yes, she is the Winning Contender of the house). Everyday she warms up more and more to him, and males in general.

Kona is an amazing compliment to our German Shepherd- Border Collie mix. We even got her DNA tested to figure out just exactly what in the world she is made of. Turns out, a little Rottie, Husky, Pittie and Terrier will make the Kones… aka Kona. We seriously could not be happier with our adoption. She has been the best fit for our family and our lifestyle. THANK YOU, TEXAS and THANK YOU WYOMING!!!! 

PS. She is the best cuddler in the world and is the perfect size! She even LOVES SNOW, that’s how we know she was the perfect choice!

Thank you so much!”
Jorden, Kimberly, Atticus & Kona Trent!

Rescues stories like Sugar, Kona, Pico, and Ruthie are only made possible by your support.  Please consider making a donation to Dog Is My CoPilot to help us save more lives! Every gift makes a difference– $50 moves 1 animal and $5,000 saves an entire plane load of over 100 furry passengers!  You can make a LIFE SAVING donation HERE.

Thank you for being part of the Dog Is My CoPilot crew, we are so grateful to our entire community who make this life saving work possible!

 

Emergency Animal Rescue Flight

In the early morning of Saturday, October 20th a vehicle transporting 47 dogs from overcrowded Texas animal shelters heading to rescue organizations and adopters in Montana and Washington was involved in a car accident on I-25 in Douglas, Wyoming. The transport vehicle was totaled and with mangled cages and terrified dogs attempting to escape the scene in the middle of the night, local agencies managed to secure the dogs and brought them to a temporary staging location.  The dogs that were left stranded needed immediate transport, which is when Dog Is My CoPilot stepped in. The following day, after receiving veterinary attention and medical checks the dogs were loaded on the ‘Big Dog’, DIMC’s Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and the furry passenger were airborne with Pilot Peter!

Check out this heartwarming story:

“When we were contacted to help transport the dogs stranded in Douglas, Wyoming we just couldn’t say ‘No’.  So I jumped in the plane at 5:30am and flew to Douglas Wyoming and picked up the dogs.  We dropped off a few passengers in Missoula, Montana and the remaining in Wenatchee, Washington.  The dogs still have the golden ticket; they made it out of Texas,” said Founder and Chief Pilot, Dr. Peter Rork.

   

In just a few short hours from departure in Douglas, Wyoming the ‘Big Dog’ landed at its first of two stops in Missoula, Montana.  Adopters eagerly waited on the tarmac to greet the plane full of furry passengers.  Six of the dogs were unloaded and with great big tail wags the dogs greeted their new owners.

  

After the traumatic experience that the dogs had endured over the past 48hours, this was a special moment to be part of! The Big Dog then flew to Wenatache Washington where the amazing staff and volunteers from Seattle Humane Society picked up the remaining dogs.

On the ground adopters met their new family members at Seattle Humane.  The rest of the passengers will be available for adoption at Seattle Humane and PAWS. So many agencies and volunteers from around the country came together at a moments notice.

We, at Dog Is My CoPilot, were only two of dozens who rose for the occasion of this rescue emergency. Some have told us that we must have “capes”. No, we do not have capes, but we do have wings.  Please be sure to follow along on our Facebook and Instagram pages to see updates on many of the dogs that have already been adopted!

   

We can’t complete emergency rescue flights without your support. Every gift makes a difference…for every $50 donated, we’re able to transport and save the life of another dog or cat at risk of being euthanized.  You can make a LIFE SAVING donation HERE.

THANK YOU!

 

Partnering Together to Save Lives

At Dog Is My CoPilot we believe collaboration with shelters and animal rescue organizations is key to ending the euthanasia of adoptable animals in shelters across America. And we value our partnership with each and every group we work with! Not only are our animal rescue partners key to solving the pet overpopulation problem but our business partners also play a vital role in our mission. We would like to highlight one of our supporters, On Site Management (OSM) We are grateful for their support of our mission and other animal welfare causes! We hope more businesses across America will partner with us and their local animal rescue organizations to help save animals! Support brings more awareness to the problem and helps financially with the costs associated with our mission. While Pilot Peter volunteers all his time, the costs for the aircraft are considerable.

On Site Management is a proud supporter of Dog Is My CoPilot.   The company is full of animal lovers and DIMC’s mission is near and dear to their hearts. Their office greeter, Ned, a red heeler/boxer mix was one of Pilot Peter’s first transports in 2014. He was quickly adopted by OSM Project Coordinator, Krista LaPier. Krista can personally attest to the importance of DIMC’s life saving program, as Ned would not be here without DIMC. Building peace of mind is OSM’s number one goal and providing their clients with the comforts of home. “There is nothing like home, and we hope that our support of DIMC only contributes to thousands more homes created for deserving cats and dogs”- The team at OSM

To learn more about OSM please visit their website: http://onsitemanagement.com

When we work together we can save more lives! Together, we are truly Flying Them Home.

3 Ways to Be a Hero

When you adopt a dog or cat that needs a forever home, you are saving a life, and it doesn’t get much more heroic than that!

According to the ASPCA, about 1.5 million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in the United States. Every dog successfully adopted is a life saved.

The distribution of animals in the shelter system is not even geographically. Thanks to organizations like Dog is My Copilot, dogs are now being efficiently moved from areas where pet overpopulation is much higher than demand for these pets, to areas where these lovable second chance dogs and cats are in short supply.

That means that no matter where you live, there are adoptable dogs and cats to choose from!

Here are three ways you can find the perfect pup to adopt:

1. VISIT YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER

The widest variety of adoptable dogs and cats in need of a home in your area is likely the local animal shelter. Most now have an online presence, so if going to the shelter feels like too much pressure, search for a local shelter on Facebook where they often post updates on the new arrivals.

In addition, online sites such as Petfinder can help you see the adoptable dogs at several nearby shelters at once.

2. BREED RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS

Are you looking for a specific breed? Contrary to popular belief, many shelters have purebred dogs waiting to find a new home. Often these dogs have been surrendered because of a change in life circumstances such as death or financial hardship.

If you don’t feel like waiting for the right breed to come along at your local shelter, then search for breed specific rescue organizations in your state.

Whether you are looking for a Pitbull or a Weiner dog, almost every single breed now has dedicated volunteers working hard to locate the right homes for the animals in their care.

3. SPECIAL NEEDS DOG RESCUE GROUPS

Among the dogs in the adoption system, seniors, the deaf, the blind, and the physically disabled, are among the hardest to adopt. And yet, for some people, giving a home to a dog with special needs is the most rewarding experience of their lives.

There are now several groups devoted to helping these dogs get placed in loving homes. To find out more, search for “disabled dog rescue” followed by your state to find local groups looking for homes and fosters for these loving animals.

Scratch, Scratch…could it be allergies?

By: Jackie Edwards – featured in: https://www.nomnomnow.com/dog-food-allergies

Keeping Dog Food Allergies at Bay

If you have just adopted a dog who has been rescued by DIMC, then you undoubtedly know of the exciting journey your pooch has made before finding his forever home. DIMC makes patent the extent to which those who love and appreciate animals are willing to go to ensure they are freed from overcrowded shelters and have a greater chance of finding a human best friend. Over 8,000 animals have been flown to safety by DIMC; could your pooch be one of them? If Fido has just arrived, then without a doubt you have made the necessary preparations to keep him safe and sound. In addition to comfy bedding, regular exercise, and plenty of love, make sure he isn’t battling food allergies and stay watchful for any signs and symptoms.

What Do Dog Food Allergies Look and Feel Like?

Canine food allergies can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including itchy skin, hot spots, hair loss, swelling in skin, ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting and other digestive disturbances. If any of these symptoms are present, it is important to see your veterinarian, to ensure there isn’t another reason causing your pet’s distress. For instance, hair loss can occur because of a bacterial or fungal infection. If your veterinarian tests your dog and discovers he has a food allergy, you an elimination diet will most probably be recommended.

What Ingredients are Causing My Dog’s Symptoms?

From the first day you bring your dog home, it is vital to feed him quality food, recommended by your vet. Feeding low-quality sources of protein (some brands use beaks or hooves instead of quality meat) can spark an allergic reaction, as can food coloring, preservatives, flavor enhancers and other ingredients that are as unhealthy for dogs as they are for humans.

Almost any food can trigger dog food allergies, including eggs, dairy, high-carb fillers such as starches or potatoes, corn, milk, etc. Interestingly, one of the most common sources of allergies, are proteins; chicken, beef, fish etc. could be the culprit in your dog’s case. Often, the problem is ‘leaky gut’ syndrome, in which semi-digested (rather than fully digested) nutrients make their way into your dog’s bloodstream, triggering an immune response.

What is an Elimination Diet?

This diet involves feeding just one protein source and one carbohydrate source to your dog for around eight weeks. You will then change either the protein or the carbohydrate source, being vigilant of any possible allergic reactions. Ideally, your dog should be able to consume a wide variety of foods, especially if you weed out harmful ingredients and alternate between the foods he can tolerate.

Some vets recommend the use of hydrolyzed food, which contain protein that has been broken down into tiny particles which do not trigger and allergic reaction in dogs. As noted by Dr. Karen Becker, veterinarian, however, “the animal’s body is not actually being returned to health. It’s only being tricked into not responding to the food it has grown allergic to, assuming the hydrolyzed protein behaves as advertised. Secondly, the methods and chemicals used in the hydrolysis process don’t convert the protein into amino acids in the same natural way your pet’s body does.”

The Novel Food Approach

Dr. Becker recommends adopting the elimination diet using novel foods such as ostrich, goat, duck, venison, or even kangaroo. These meats can help your dog recover from the damage done by previous foods. Three or four protein sources can be rotated regularly, to lower your dog’s chances of becoming sensitive to just one ingredient.

Most dogs can eat a wide variety of foods without a problem but if yours has allergies, take heart. By preparing his meals yourself using just one protein and carbohydrate source, and giving his digestive system time to recoup, he will be on the road to a healthy, happy life in a matter of weeks.

 

Lens And Leash

We believe that collaboration with animal welfare organizations is key to saving the lives of homeless animals. By working together we can help promote shelter adoption around he country! This week we would like to feature one of our newest partners….Lens And Leash!

Lens And Leash was created with a specific goal in mind; to find every adoptable animal a forever home! To do this, they partner with professional photographers around the country to showcase different animal shelters and each of the adoptable animals. This also allows them to connect with people around the country and share adoption stories and information that can help encourage more people to adopt!

Currently they are looking for new partners! Weather you are a professional photographer or an animal shelter this might be a great opportunity to reach out to Lense and Leash!

Photographers

If you are a photographer that would like to give back and help local rescue animals, you are in the right place! Just fill out this form: https://lensandleash.com/partner-with-us/

Animal Shelters

If you work at an animal shelter and would like to partner with Lens And Leash, we are extremely honored and would love to discuss setting up a photoshoot and larger campaign.

Please fill out the form: https://lensandleash.com/partner-with-us/

We think this is a very worthwhile mission and we hope our followers, partners and supporters will take the time to reach out to the awesome folks at Lens And Leash!

To see examples of some of the shelters they have featured along with the animals, photographers and adoption stories, please check out their website at https://lensandleash.com/.

You can also check out their Facebook Page and Instagram page to see some of the features they have done on the animals to help them get adopted:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lensandleash/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lensandleash/

Photo: Karissa Akin of Après Events

It’s Hip to Snip!

One of the largest issues we face is keeping the animal population down to prevent euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals. According to the Human Society of the United States, “there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year.” This leads to overcrowded animal shelters, which means many animals are euthanized since there is not enough space and resources to keep all of the animals in the shelters.

Spaying and neutering animals helps keep the animal population down, meaning less homeless animals in shelters. But not only does spaying and neutering your animal help prevent overcrowding, it can help your pet’s health as well.

The organization Best Friends state, “Spaying or neutering can help your pet live a longer, healthier life. Spaying females eliminates the risk of ovarian or uterine infections and cancer, and may reduce the incidence of mammary cancer. In males, neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.” Spaying and neutering can also help with unwanted behaviors, such as marking issues, howling, and the urge to roam.

There are some worries and myths concerning spaying and neutering animals. To ease those concerns, the Humane Society of the United States say that even though spaying and neutering your animal can help changed behaviors like the ones previously listed, their fundamental personality will not change, like their protective instinct. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also state that getting your pet spayed or neuter will not fix all of their unwanted behaviors, but will help. They also state that the myth that spaying or neutering your pet will make them overweight is not true. To keep your pet from becoming overweight, you should review their food as well as their exercising habits.

Overcrowding is a serious issue and we encourage everyone to talk to their veterinarian and consider spaying and neutering their pets. It will help decrease the amount of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized as well as make animals healthier for doing it. Visit your veterinarian to discuss spaying and neutering and/or alternative methods such as ovary-sparing spays or vasectomy.

 

References

http://m.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

https://utah.bestfriends.org/our-programs/spay-and-neuter

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet

https://www.parsemusfoundation.org/projects/ovary-­‐

 

Are You Lost?

This time of year is a time to celebrate with friends, family, and fireworks! Even though this time can be exciting and fun for us, some animals get lost and confused with all the excitement and noise. If your pets get lost, or if you find a lost pet, below are some things you can do to either find them, or help them be found.

If your pet gets lost:

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals advise putting a collar on your pet at all times with an ID tag with your name, phone number, and any relevant contact information on it. If your pet is microchipped, make sure your information is current. If you have changed your address or gotten a new phone number recently, make sure you update their chip as soon as possible.

If your pet has gotten out and you have not been contacted, reach out to as many people as you can. There is a chance your neighbors or friends might have seen them wondering around. Also, be sure to check any place they might be hiding, like under the bed or in a dark place, in case they are hiding or sleeping. Shaking food and treats might help lure them out if that is the case.

If they are not hiding and you are still not able to call them out, take a slow ride or walk around the neighborhood, maybe on a route they normally take during walks with you. While you are searching your neighborhood, call your local animal control agency, veterinary hospitals, and shelters to see if someone might have taken your pet there.

If still missing, place fliers around the neighborhood with a bold title to get attention. Add specific information about your pet as well as two contact numbers, in case someone isn’t able to reach you through the first number. Lastly, put up your pet’s picture on your social media. There are typically neighborhood Facebook pages of some kind available where you can contact the administrators about posting information about your missing pet. This way, more people are aware and might be able to recognize your pet.

 

If you find a lost animal:

American Humane recommends you try to capture and contain the animal if there is no danger in approaching them. Proceed slowly and cautiously and speak gently to them so they feel safe. Temporarily contain the animals until a more permanent solution becomes available. Dogs should be contained in a fenced yard or leash while cats will do better inside a cat carrier or secure box with holes in it for breathing. You could also place them in a small room in your home where they are secure until someone is able to pick them up.

If the animal is aggressive, do not attempt to contain them. If this is the case, call your local animal control or police department with details of the animal so they can professionally and safely handle the situation.

If you do contain a lost pet, check for a collar or an ID tag. If none are present, take them to your local animal shelter or contact animal control to pick them up and check for microchips.

Lastly, take a picture of the animal and post it on social media and create fliers to put around the area. Someone might be able to recognize the animal and help find the owner so they can be reunited.

This is a wonderful time of year where we get to celebrate and be with the ones we love, including our furry friends. In the event that a pet does get lost or found, we hope these tips will help so all animals can be reunited with their families.

References

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/finding-lost-pet

https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/if-you-find-a-lost-pet/