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‘Shy’ Golden Retriever Being Wheeled to ‘Euthanasia Room’ Saved in Final Moments by Rescuers

“She is a completely different dog,” Clare Callison of Austin Pets Alive! tells PEOPLE of a post-rescue Darla the golden retriever.



Golden Retrievers, Frenchies, and Pugs Saved from Dog Meat Trade Ready for Adoption in the U.S.

China Rescue Dogs saved 31 dogs from a dog meat trade facility in April 2022 and worked with the CDC to get the canines into the U.S.



Austin Pets Alive! helps rescue dogs from being euthanized at other Texas-based shelters

Austin Pets Alive! helped give 50 pets a second chance at life as they boarded a flight from Austin early Thursday morning.



Over 45 Dogs Saved From Overcrowded Texas Shelters and Flown to Forever Homes in Oregon

Dog is My CoPilot and Wondercide teamed up to save over 45 shelter dogs from being euthanized by flying the canines from Texas’ overcrowded shelters to forever families waiting for the pups on the West Coast.



Dr. Peter Rork’s Animal Rescue Mission

It was such a pleasure welcoming Peter Rork, co-founder of Dog Is My CoPilot, Inc., to our Home! Watch as he shares how he helps thousands of animals move from overcrowded shelters across the country to ones that have room and love to spare.



Wyoming pilot flies rescued pets to forever homes with nonprofit

Pilot Peter Rork, a retired surgeon, flies high-risk rescue animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers through his nonprofit Dog Is My CoPilot.



How this former doctor ended up flying thousands of dogs across the country to save them

It’s 4 a.m. in Los Angeles, and Peter Rork is loading dozens of animals onto an aircraft.

“By 5 a.m., it’s wheels up,” said Rork, who typically spends an hour attempting to securely fit 150 crates into his Cessna Caravan.



Flying dogs to their forever homes

On a 100-degree day in El Paso, a Texas terrier named Tumble is enjoying a bit of fresh air while trying to beat the heat. However, most of Tumble’s time is spent inside a cage at El Paso Animal Services.



Flying Abandoned Animals to Safer Havens

“We fly animals — 80 percent dogs and 20 percent cats — from about 20 source shelters, where they are in danger of being euthanized because of lack of space, to some 62 receiving animal rescue organizations where these animals are more likely to be adopted.”


Articles, Podcasts & Press Releases

8/1/2018San Antonio homeless dogs flown northwest for adoptionMy San AntonioView Article
7/31/2018More than 40 Dogs to be Flown to Idaho to Find Forever HomesKSATView Article
1/10/2018Dr. Peter Rork, co-founder of Dog Is My CoPilotTalking AnimalsView Article
12/22/2017Flying Abandoned Animals to Safer HavensThe New York TimesView Article
6/29/2018Flying to a ‘Furever’ HomeIdaho Mountain ExpressView Article
8/5/2018Nonprofits Fly Dogs and Cats to Colorado to Find Forever HomesKDVRView Article
8/8/2018Flying to Furever Homes: Nonprofit that transports dogs by plane reaches a milestone: 10,000 animals moved.JH News and GuideView Article
10/21/2018Special Rescue Mission A Huge Success!Dog Is My CoPilotView Article
4/18/2019Borderland shelter pets take flight to find their forever homesKTSM 9 El PasoView Article
4/18/2019Dogs take flight in hopes to find new homesCBS4 News El PasoView Article
6/6/2019SA Dogs travel to find families in ColoradoKENS5 News San AntonioView Article
8/15/2019Dogs fly to new homesBuckrailView Article
10/30/2019Giant polar bear of a dog inspires so many people to help him find a homeBest FriendsView Article
11/9/2019Dog is my Copilot honored at Petco Foundation Lifesaving AwardsBuckrailView Article
5/26/2020Big Dog Transport Marks a Semblance of Normalcy at Mountain HumaneEye on Sun ValleyView Article
6/8/2020Green River Animal Control, Red Desert Humane Society Work Together to Rescue AnimalsSweetwater NowView Article
6/8/202099 homeless Odessa dogs take a flight to their new homeNewsWest9View Article
6/12/2020Abilene Animal Shelter dogs & cats flown out to shelters in need of pets for adoptionBig Country HomepageView Article
6/24/2020Pet adoption puzzleJackson Hole News & GuideView Article
7/13/2020Pup, pup and awayWaco Tribune-HeraldView Article
7/25/2020Dog is My CoPilot marks 15,000 animals savedBuckrailView Article
8/23/2020Flying dogs to their forever homesCBS Sunday MorningView Article
8/24/2020‘CBS this Morning’ Highlights El Paso Shelter Dogs’ Journey HomeKLAQ 95.5View Article
8/26/2020A Rescue for old dogs that otherwise would be killedCBS 2 | Idaho NewsView Article
8/31/2020How this former doctor ended up flying thousands of dogs across the country to save themWashington PostView Article
9/4/2020Pets take flight in hopes of landing forever homeKGNS.tvView Article
9/5/2020Happy TailsMountain View NewsView Article
9/6/2020Wyoming non-profit flies rescue dogs to their forever homesFOX NewsView Article
9/10/2020Dog Is My CoPilot has helped usher thousands of animals from overcrowded shelters to loving homes.Now This NewsView Article
9/12/2020Wyoming pilot flies rescued pets to forever homes with nonprofitNBC Nightly NewsView Article
9/28/2020This Pilot is Saving Dogs’ Lives One Flight at a TimeThis Dog’s LifeView Article
10/6/2020Dr. Peter Rork’s Animal Rescue MissionHallmark Channel Home & FamilyView Article
10/9/2020Ruff Talk is back with Dog is my Co PilotRuff Talk with Victoria StillwellView Article
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10/21/2020Dog Is My CoPilot Visits The Columbia River GorgeColumbia Community ConnectionView Article
10/28/2020Dogs are his Co-PilotsAOPAView Article
11/9/2020Heroes of the Month: These Animal Lovers Are Going the Extra Mile in Alabama, Minnesota and WyomingPet CentralView Article
11/10/2020The Saint, Peter Rork AKA Dog Is My CoPilotCoronaTVView Article
12/14/2020Finding Forever Homes A Plane Ride AwayTexas Optimism ProjectView Article
2/23/2021The Pilot’s Dogs: Flying Dogs in Need to a Better LifeThe Farmer’s DogView Article
2/25/2021After winter storm, AAC welcomes seven new dogs from TexasBuckrailView Article
4/23/2021Foster families sought after nearly 100 animals arrive in Best Friends Animal Society transportsABC4 UtahView Article
5/16/2021Nonprofit transports 80 animals from overcrowded New Mexico sheltersKOB4View Article
5/18/2021Salvation in the skies: Local rescue groups partner with air-based service to save more dogs’ livesHJ NewsView Article
5/26/2021More than 40 at-risk shelter dogs flown from El Paso to Oregon to find new homesKVIAView Article
5/26/2021Rescue dogs from El Paso flown to Portland to be adoptedKFOX14View Article
6/1/2021Fierce Love Saves us AllWondercideView Article
6/2/2021Austin-based Wondercide teams up with Dog Is My CoPilot for Rescue FlightFOX7 AustinView Article
6/2/2021Over 45 Dogs Saved From Overcrowded Texas Shelters and Flown to Forever Homes in OregonPeopleView Article
6/4/2021Dog Is My CoPilot, Petco Love and local shelters partner to airlift 50 dogs from TexasBuckrailView Article
6/9/2021A Shepherd in the SkyTVNView Article
6/11/2021Dallas Animal Services Doesn’t Cry Wolf. When They Ask for Help, They Need It.Dallas ObserverView Article
6/16/2021Dog Is My CoPilot Gets Some LoveJH News and GuideView Article
6/19/2021COMIC: Adopted Pandemic Dogs Got Us Through. Now They Need Our Help.NPRView Article
8/22/2021New chance at life for over a dozen rescue dogsKENS 5View Article
10/20/2021Dogs take life-saving flight in San Marcos to avoid euthanasiaCorridor NewsView Article
1/1/2022Non-profit takes animal rescue to the skiesTeton Valley MagazineView Article
3/31/2022Dozens of dogs scheduled to be put down get a second chance with help of Austin Pets Alive!KVUEView Article
3/31/2022Pets get second chance for adoption thanks to Austin animal shelterFox 7 AustinView Article
3/31/2022Austin Pets Alive! helps rescue dogs from being euthanized at other Texas-based sheltersCBS AustinView Article
4/1/202250 animals flown out of Texas in new Austin Pets Alive! partnershipKXANView Article
4/27/2022Odessa Animal Shelter sends 14 dogs on first animal flight this yearNewsWest9View Article
5/4/2022Wyoming pilot rescues dogs by flying them to UtahFox13 Salt Lake CityView Article
5/9/2022Austin Pets Alive! helps rescue 60 animals from euthanasia listsFox 7View Article
5/22/2022Who said dogs can’t fly? These pups are on their way to find furever homesNEWS4SAView Article
5/24/2022Dog is My CoPilot flies cats tooJackson Hole PressView Article
8/31/2022Meet Peter RorkVoyageUtahView Article
9/28/2022Golden Retrievers, Frenchies, and Pugs Saved from Dog Meat Trade Ready for Adoption in the U.S.PeopleView Article
4/10/2023LACS, Dog Is My CoPilot partner to save Laredo cats and dogsLMTonlineView Article
4/18/2023El Paso Animal Services partners with Dog is My CoPilot to transport pets to other shelterKFOX14View Article
4/26/2023Finding a furever home: Babinski Foundation welcomes dogs from TexasBrainerd DispatchView Article
4/26/2023Dogs from overcrowded shelter in Texas find hope in MichiganWILX10View Article
4/27/202311 dogs were saved thanks to a plane ride to Jackson CountyMLIVEView Article
5/3/2023Presidio celebrates former Animal Control Officer Sergio CarrascoThe Big Bend SentinelView Article
5/16/2023Street Dog Hero welcomes 32 dogs on cross-country flight to find new homesCentral Oregon Daily NewsView Article
7/19/202332 dogs escape euthanasia on Street Dog Hero flight to BendCentral Oregon Daily NewsView Article
7/20/2023KBND – Bend, OR Local NewsKBNDView Article
7/21/2023WKOW – Madison, WI Local NewsWKOWView Article
7/26/2023Cats on a plane: Idaho Falls Animal Shelter relocates cats to Spokane, WAIDAHO (KIFI)View Article
7/27/2023Rescue flies 11 dogs to Missoula to find new homesNBC MontanaView Article
7/28/2023LA dogs fly to Missoula to find new homesMissoulianView Article
8/1/2023Denver foster family saves 8-month-old Golden Retriever from euthanasia in Texas shelterDENVER7View Article
8/5/2023Abilene animal rescue organization gives 50+ pets a chance for a forever home in Canada & MontanaKTAB/KRBCView Article
8/9/2023‘Shy’ Golden Retriever Being Wheeled to ‘Euthanasia Room’ Saved in Final Moments by Rescuers (Exclusive)People MagazineView Article
9/3/2023Clear the Shelters: a suburban shelter rescues more than a dozen dogs from TexasNBC5 ChicagoView Article
9/6/2023Second chance flights: Over 120 Merced County animals airlifted to new homes in other statesFOX26 NewsView Article
10/19/2023Street Dog Hero’s ‘freedom flight’ brings 35 rescued Oklahoma dogs to Bend, their most ever in one tripOregon KTVZ 21 NewsView Article
4/12/2024Over 50 Laredo cats and dogs flown to New York by nonprofitLaredo Morning TimesView Article
4/19/2024High-flying pups: 22 dogs rescued in Oklahoma arrive in Bend, thanks to Street Dog HeroNews Channel 21 KTVZ - Central OregonView Article
6/2/2024"Dog Is My CoPilot" program brings more small and medium sized dogs to Missoula for adoptionMontana Right NowView Article
6/11/2024Rescue flight takes off from El Paso: 63 dogs and 9 cats en route to new forever homesKVIA - El Paso, TXView Article
6/16/202438 dogs rescued from crowded Oklahoma shelter touch down in Bend, thanks to Dog Is My Copilot, Street Dog HeroKTVZ- Bend, OregonView Article