Rescue at 15,000 Feet
By Leslie Garisto Pfaff
Rutgers University Alumni Association
February 26, 2020
As founder of the nonprofit Dog Is My CoPilot, Peter Rork uses his Cessna Caravan turboprop plane to ferry dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters in which they face euthanasia to shelters that have pledged never to kill an animal in their care. Since its formation in 2012, Dog Is My CoPilot has saved the lives of more than 13,000 animals, with Rork RC’74 at the helm and in the cockpit.
For 30 years, Rork practiced orthopedic surgery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a skier’s paradise, and loved it. “Being the knee guy in Jackson Hole was like dying and going to heaven for an orthopedic surgeon,” he says. But after three decades, he was tired of the grind and ready to retire. While others in his position might have opted for a life of golf (or trout fishing, for which Jackson Hole is also famous), Rork launched a second career in the air.
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