‘CBS This Morning’ Highlights El Paso Shelter Dogs’ Journey Home

“CBS This Morning” had an animal rescue segment on their Sunday show that featured some local shelter dogs on their journey to their forever homes. If you caught the latest episode of “CBS This Morning” on Sunday, you may have noticed a familiar animal shelter being highlighted during the show. The show did a feature on one rescue dog’s journey from the Sun City to his forever home in Oregon.

Peter Rork is a retired orthopedic surgeon and part-time pilot who founded Dog Is My Co-Pilot back in 2012. The 501(c) program works with cities with overcrowded shelters to send dogs to areas where there is a demand for adoptable animals. El Paso is one of the areas that Rork flies animals out of to get them adopted. Dog Is My Co=Pilot has successfully transported over 15,000 animals, and the special followed the journey of 72 animals from the El Paso Animal Services shelter. Rork made stops in Salt Lake City and Sun Valley before making his last stop in Troutdale, Oregon. The majority of the animals on this flight were being dropped off in Troutdale, which is outside Portland. There, animal rescues find loving forever homes for these animals in areas where the supply of adoptable shelter dogs is low. One of the Portland animal rescues that work with Rork said that the want for foster dogs and dogs available for adoption has been high ever since the beginning of the pandemic. Thankfully, these organizations are willing and able to take in some of the overflow animals that are here at the El Paso Animal Services shelter.

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Dog is my Copilot honored at Petco Foundation Lifesaving Awards


JACKSON, Wyo. — On November 14, a local organization, Dog Is My CoPilot, will be honored along with six other organizations at the Petco Foundation’s Lifesaving Awards in San Diego, Calif.

Dog Is My CoPilot, which could also be referred to as one man with a small plane and a big heart, will be presented with the Love in Action Award. This award recognizes and celebrates an organization that put their love into action to save animals across the country.

Dog Is My CoPilot partners with nearly 100 animal welfare organizations to save animal lives across the country by transporting pets from shelters in areas in need to geographical locations where adopters are eagerly awaiting their new family members. Since 2012, Dog Is My CoPilot has flown more than 13,000 animals to safety.

The local community can watch Dog Is My CoPilot accept their accolade during this year’s Lifesaving Awards while it streams live on the Petco Foundation Facebook page. The Red Carpet kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and the Awards Show starts at 8:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. MST).

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.”

The 2019 Lifesaving Award Winners include:
• Helping Heroes Award presented to K9s for Warriors
• Paul Jolly Compassion Award presented to Angels of Assisi
• Unsung Hero Award to Kayla Denney from the City of Taft Animal Control Department
• Innovation Award presented to Dallas Animal Services
• Lifesaving Impact Award presented to Montgomery County Animal Services
• The Love in Action Award presented to Dog Is My CoPilot
• Love Amplified Award presented to Bill Abbott and Crown Media

Pawprint Animal Rescue Podcast

50: Peter Rork, Dog is My CoPilot: Up in the Air for Animal Rescue & Welfare

Peter Rork is Co-Founder and Chief Pilot for Dog is My CoPilot (DIMC). He and Co-Founder Judy Zimet have rescued over 4,000 dogs and cats by flying them from high kill shelters in places like California to the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions.

Peter worked for many years as a surgeon, while Judy is an attorney and real estate agent.

I highly recommend listening to the entire interview, Peter’s journey is pretty incredible.

If you want to learn more about Dog is My CoPilot, see some photos, or want to make a donation to an amazing cause, go to our show notes at thisispawprint.com/50

photo credit for Peter Rork photo: Jaclyn Borowski