Dog Is My CoPilot started in 2012 and soon became a victim of its own success. After just a few short years, we acquired a larger Cessna 208B Grand Caravan — aka “The Big Dog” — that was retrofitted from a 12-passenger plane to one that can carry hundreds of pets. The Big Dog and […]
Pilot Peter (and one of our NEW volunteer pilots, Daniel) were wheels up last week with over 50 Texas dogs (and a few kittens)! We are so excited to announce we are partnering with Austin Pets Alive! monthly to help reach the most under-resourced shelters in the state of Texas. APA! staff works directly with […]
Dog Is My CoPilot is a busy and growing organization. We are flying thousands of animals every year from hundreds of locations across the country. Coordinating volunteer pilots, working with shelter and rescue partners, and coordinating animals that will be transported, is a time consuming task. Our Executive Director, Kara Pollard, has been the only […]
Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we are only two weeks into the new year and we have already had our first life saving flight. We were able to rescue 76 animals and lucky number 21,000 on this flight. 2022 is already shaping up to be an amazing year! Rescue 21,000 Ricco […]
As 2021 comes to a close, we are thankful for you! Our success over the last year would not be possible without the support of our loving community which has helped us save the lives of 21,000 dogs and cats from the southern tip of Texas, to the northernmost reaches of Washington State, Idaho and […]
Our partners and volunteers are the glue that makes our mission possible and we’re humbled to have their constant support. From the logistics of flying throughout the West to the physical moving of crates on the tarmac, our volunteers and partners are the ones on the ground who get thousands of rescued animals into forever […]
Every year, we fly thousands of animals to new homes and rarely do we know their journey. Join our Giving Tuesday matching campaign this November 30th, and help us continue to be “wheels up”! Let us show you how Rolly and Polly beat all expectations and are thriving in Montana! The Backstory We first met […]
Wondercide Brings their Fierce Love® to Another Texas Fight! Dog Is My CoPilot is thankful for all our partnerships and we are extremely thankful for organizations like Wondercide, who have made a direct impact on our ability to save more animals in Texas. What is Wondercide? Wondercide is based in Austin, Texas and is the […]
Our rescue flights wouldn’t exist without the support of hundreds of volunteers and our many shelter partners. Last month, Jenna from the Animal Adoption Center jumped aboard the Big Dog and was able to spend a day with our shelter partners in Texas and helped to fly over 60 dogs to their new homes. Jenna […]
Dog Is My CoPilot is fortunate to have so many great partners who help organize the transportation of rescue animals. It takes time, coordination, and patience to transport at-risk animals from source-shelters to destination shelters. In part one of the American Pets Alive blog post, “10 Tips all Source Shelters should know for Successful Transfer Partnerships”, […]
20,000th Animal Rescued in 2021 https://dogcopilot.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Untitled.mp4 It is hard to believe that just 3 short years ago Peter the Pilot rescued his dog, Mr. Hobbs, from Amazing Grace Pet Rescue in Hobbs, NM. This week, Peter the Pilot was fortunate enough to go back to Hobbs, New Mexico and pick up Cisco with Pilot Jen […]
Rolly and Polly began their quest to find a forever home months ago. Recently, their search was accelerated when Archangel Animal Network + the staff at the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control shelter in Texas realized the urgency of their care. Rolly and Polly needed to find their way out of Texas, before their […]
This week, Cinnamon and Buns were our lucky 18,000 and 18,001 passengers! We picked up these cute duo at Laredo Animal Services in Laredo, Texas and flew them, along with about 80 other pets, up to the Humane Society of Utah and other Colorado + Idaho partners. Loredo is a city on the Mexican border, […]
This month, we are celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with our partners Petco Love, a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by encouraging more people to foster pets. Did you know that if less than 2% of the 85-million pet-owning households in […]
We are proud to announce that Petco Love, a national nonprofit working to lead and inspire change for animals, is partnering with Dog Is My CoPilot and shelters across the country to provide lifesaving pet transportation! On June 5th, 2021, Petco Love announced a $750,000 grant to our ongoing lifesaving work and volunteer pilot program. To celebrate […]
Wondercide sponsored Texas rescue flight On May 26th, Austin-based Wondercide, the leader in safe and effective, plant-powered pest protection for pets, people, teamed up with Dog Is May CoPilot to rescue 45+ dogs from overcrowd shelters in West Texas and flew them to homes in Salt lake City, Utah and Portland, OR! Wondercide is also […]
May has been a busy month and we are thrilled to share a few updates with you! Our transport plane, the Big Dog had critical maintenance completed to make it safer for our volunteer pilots to fly! Peter’s birthday matching campaign also surpassed our expectations ❤️ We are thankful for every donor who supports Dog […]
Dog Is My CoPilots is grateful for our volunteers that support our mission! We have seven dedicated volunteer pilots that fly the Big Dog for our rescue missions. This volunteer pilot team saves our organization over $100,000 a year in pilot fees, which goes directly into rescuing more dogs and cats. Our Pilots Including our […]
Petco Love Lost: Helping to reunite lost animals Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime? That is 10 million annually! And without a central place to report them lost or found, many may never be reunited with their families. Our amazing partners, Petco Love are determined to change […]
Dog Is My CoPilot focuses on transporting animals from municipal animal shelters to non-profit animal adoption centers. While we don’t transport animals for the general public, we’re often asked about how to transport animals for vacations or families moving to new geographic regions or someone wanting to adopt a pet that might be in a […]
It is hard to believe that just five short years ago we bought the Cessna Caravan affectionately called – the Big Dog. Our plane has flown thousands of animals over thousands of miles in the western United States and it is finally getting an overhaul! Plane Upgrade When we started Dog Is My CoPilot in […]
When the pandemic began in March of 2020, shelters and adoption centers across the country were worried that they were not going to have any families willing to foster the thousands of animals that needed support.
Sometimes, families are looking for an animal to brighten their lives and homes. Other times, the animals find their own family. That is certainly the case for Jess Farr, Program Director at PAWS, one of our amazing partner organizations.
As we look back on a difficult but rewarding year, seeing the smile and joy in families all over the country is our reminder of why we provide critical transportation services to overcrowded animal shelters.
The ultimate goal in the animal welfare industry is to keep people and pets together, but sometimes assistance is needed to make this happen. Many times, Animal Humane Officers are put into difficult situations when they find animals that need extra care and attention.
Thank you for your passion, your dedication, your generosity, and kindness. We are blown away from the generosity and outpouring of support on Giving Tuesday. Your incredible acts of kindness will help hundreds of pets find their way home! With the help of Lulu’s Fund, this year we were able to double the first $10,000 […]
Rescuing dogs and cats is a logistical challenge. Of course, there are obstacles with coordinating the relocation of animals between shelters and rescue partners. But once the animals are in the sky, most of the time they are calm, and sleeping for their journey north. This is when Peter the Pilot takes over in the […]
Despite being a challenging year, 2020 has us thankful for our community of animal lovers. This year, even with delays and schedule changes from COVID, we flew more flights than ever and formed new partnerships with shelters across southern Texas. We can’t thank you enough for your support during these challenging times. You’ll love seeing the smile […]
In 2020, we knew that the Old Bill’s Fun Run was going to be different than it has been in the past. That said, there was no way to know how our community would respond since the actual run and celebration was all virtual. We are beyond excited by the support of the community, not […]
When we fly an animal to a new family, we’re always reminded about the influence dogs have in our lives. Miranda Mittleman was inspired by her four legged friend and turned her passion for animals into a series of children’s books. Miranda’s Inspiration Miranda Mittleman grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where she developed her love […]
Dog Is My CoPilot is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Wondercide. Austin-based Wondercide, the leader in safe & effective, plant-based pest protection for pets, people, and homes, is teaming up with Dog is My CoPilot and has committed to sponsoring our first flight in 2021! Wondercide products are not harmful to the environment, […]
Dog Is My CoPilot gives second chances to rescue animals all over the Southwest. Many of these animals are in good health, but just don’t have a place to call home. Sometimes, we transport animals like Ellie, that will need extra support, and a little extra time to find the right forever home. Green Heart […]
On October 9th, Dr. Peter Rork and Kara Pollard were asked to join Ruff Talk. This Facebook live event was created by Victoria Stillwell who hosts a nationally recognized TV show called “It’s ME or the DOG.” In this series, Victoria shares different stories of families who are struggling with a misbehaving dog. Victoria helps […]
Just over a year ago, we were saving our 12,000th animal. And here we are…16,000 animals strong with no sign of stopping.
Recently, Dog Is My CoPilot and our founder Peter “The Pilot” Rork, were featured in a story for CBS Sunday Morning. The outpouring of support for our organization has been overwhelming, and a reminder about the value of our important work.
“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.
For the past 24 years, The Old Bill’s Fun Run has been an integral fundraising partner for many nonprofits in Jackson Hole. Dog Is My CoPilot is no exception. We have relied on the generous donations from our amazing community of supporters to power our life saving rescue flights. A little more about Old Bill’s […]
Dog Is My CoPilot has been on the leading edge of animal rescue organizations since its inception in 2012. Our model of flying dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters to no-kill adoption centers has saved thousands of animals and helped them continue their journey home. Our experience led our executive director, Kara Pollard, to be […]
Building partners → growing flights Many municpal shelters across the country are overcrowded with amazing adoptable animals. When we visit our partner shelters, we can see first hand, large and medium sized dogs are typically the most overlooked and the hardest animals to adopt, which results in these animals being in shelters for a very […]
Typically when Dog Is My CoPilot runs a flight of rescue animals, these dogs and cats are homeless. We are flying animals that have been abandoned or found on the street and we are delivering every animal to adoption centers, where they’ll find loving homes across the northwest. The average dog we save is 20-70lbs […]
This week, we rescued our 15,000th animal and are celebrating with a $15,000 matching campaign. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact people and pets across our country, the need to transport animals from shelters to loving homes only grows. With your help, we can continue this life saving work and keep the Big Dog […]
Every year, as we work closely with shelters, our team meets loving animals that need to be flown to their furever homes. With more demand for our lifesaving flights, we need more pilots. Don’t worry, Peter is not going anywhere, just getting a little assistance from three animal lovers. This year, we’re planning more […]
It is hard to believe that in 8 short years, Dog Is My CoPilot has saved the lives of 14,000 animals. We have reached this amazing milestone by flying at risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other states where loving families are waiting to adopt the pets. Organizations come together Abilene Animal […]
We have all been significantly impacted by COVID-19. But together with our supportive community, we continue our mission of saving lives. The animal shelters still need our help. If you can, go by and adopt, volunteer, foster or donate. Their problems never end so we are doing what we can to help, said Pilot Peter […]
The ever evolving news stories about the coronavirus has made it hard to find the small joys in the world. Did you know that animal shelters have been impacted from the changes in our society? Since many states and cities have issued stay at home ordinances, the shelters are seeing fewer visitors, fewer volunteers and […]
Captain is Headin’ Home The Petco Foundation believes ‘Love Changes Everything’, and we couldn’t agree more. And for Captain, love truly did change his life. It all started with our awesome life saving rescue partners, San Antonio Pets Alive! When Captain arrived in their care, he had heartworm and an abdominal mass. After seven months in […]
Dog Is My CoPilot hopes to reassure people with pets that, as far as experts know, your dogs and cats are safe and can serve as a source of comfort during a crisis. Multiple health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and the American Veterinary Medical Association have stated that pets […]
By making a gift to Dog Is My CoPilot through your will, trust or estate, you’ll be preventing needless euthanasia and helping us fly animals to loving forever homes. The information below is meant to provide a general overview and please contact us if you have any specific questions about how to add Dog Is […]
We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at Pet Notify who automatically call, email and text you when someone finds your lost pet. To support Dog Is My CoPilot, Pet Notify will donate $10 for each Intellitag order using promo code DIMC. And, to help drive more donations, Pet Notify is giving up to […]
Join Our Giving Tuesday Celebration! GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Will you join our Giving Tuesday celebration to help us fly animals to safety from overcrowded shelters? In 2012, Dr. Rork began a lifesaving journey that turned into […]
Thank you! On this day of thanks, it is the perfect time to let you know how grateful we are to everyone who has touched the lives of Dog Is My CoPilot animals. Because of you thousands of dogs and cats have found love and families of their own. As a special way to thank […]
Buckrail.com 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 […]
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 […]
You will save a Precious Life Every day, dogs and cats are killed in our nations shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. By adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue, you are truly saving their life! You join the cause of fighting the puppy mills When you shop for […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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!
One of the largest issues we face is keeping the animal population down to prevent euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals.
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 […]
The holidays are here and friends and family are all gathering together to celebrate! With all the celebrating, it can also be a time of certain objects and food endangering our pets. To keep your pet safe, especially if you are attending/hosting any parties, here are some tips on how to keep your holidays festive […]
Many of us like to spoil our furry friends during the holiday season! Whether we get them a new toy, new bed, or whatever makes them the happiest. If you are shopping for your pet and thinking about buying them new treats or food, though, it could be tricky picking out which brand or flavor. […]
First, we would like to start this week’s blog by shouting out our wonderful partners The Humane Society of Western Montana! They are participating in a study with Dr. Erica Feuerbacher from Carroll College concerning stress. This week they studied stress between dogs that were co-housed and ones that were individually housed in the kennels. […]
We had a great week celebrating #GivingTuesday and would like to thank everyone who gave their time and donations to us and so many other wonderful animal rescue organziations! We appreciate all the love and support given individually and the businesses who help make our animal rescue flights possible! Every act of kindness, big or […]
After all the shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, DIMC is participating in the global movement Giving Tuesday which was started to encourage everyone to give to charities and back to their community. Giving Tuesday is powered through social media by using #GivingTuesday on Twitter and Facebook to help bring more people together and […]
With the holiday season right around the corner, we are reminded of all the things we are thankful for. We would not be able to accomplish everything without our supporters who help make our flights possible. We are also thankful for our wonderful partners who help give these animals a second chance at a better […]
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 […]