What is your mission?
Dog Is My CoPilot transports at risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other geographic regions where loving families are waiting to adopt the animals.
What is your vision?
We reduce animal euthanasia in overcrowded shelters by ensuring that each pet has the chance to find a safe and loving home.
When did the organization begin?
Peter E. Rork, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and lifelong pilot, and Judy Zimet, Esq., a lawyer in Arizona, founded the organization in 2012, with the goal of saving as many animals’ lives as possible.
How are you making an impact?
Every day over 2,000 healthy dogs and cats are euthanized in our nation’s shelters— the result of too many animals and too few homes. We are working to reduce euthanasia rates by transporting animals from places with overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other geographic regions where loving families are waiting to adopt them.
How much do you charge?
We are a 501c(3) non-profit that provides our services at no cost to the shelters and adoption centers we partner with. We rely on donations to fuel our rescue flights.
Can I pay you to transport my pet?
No. We are not a “for-hire” organization. Our mission is to reduce euthanasia rates by transporting animals from places with overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other geographic regions where loving families are waiting to adopt them.
Who are your partners?
We work collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organization and individuals to save the lives of pets abandoned in animal shelters. To learn more about becoming a partner click here.
Who is your pilot?
Dr. Peter Rork founder and chief Pilot is an orthopedic surgeon who donates ALL of his time piloting DIMC rescue flights. He started flying lessons when he was twelve, recieved his Pilot’s license when he was sixteen and took his first solo on May 15, 1969 in New Jersey, where he grew up. After his wife passed away in 2012, he teamed up with Judy Zimet, a Scottsdale real estate attorney and animal lover, to start Dog Is My CoPilot.
Where do you fly?
We fly from overcrowded shelters, primarily in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California to destination animal rescue organizations located primarily in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
What type of aircraft do you fly?
Dog Is My CoPilot owns a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, aka ‘The Big Dog’. Pilot Peter says, “with a 675HP turbine engine up front, there is more than enough power to fly abondoned dogs and cats to their new homes!
How many animals can you transport on one flight?
The Big Dog was retrofitted from a 12-passenger plane to one that can carry up to 250 animals dependent on animal and crate size.
Is it safe for animals to fly?
Each animal that is transported is required to have a health certificate, vaccinations and have been examined by a veterinarian prior to flight. All passengers travel in crates to ensure their safety while flying.
What type of animals do you fly?
DIMC’s passengers are predominantly dogs (80 percent versus 20 percent cats) who come from about 20 source shelters. Despite being called kill shelters, these open-admission shelters, often in crowded municipal areas, have staff that want the best outcome for the animals in their care — animals that may have been dumped at the shelter or born on the streets and removed for public health and safety reasons. DIMC makes working at those shelters a little more hopeful.
How many animals have you saved?
We have flown more than 16,000 animals to safety.