You must meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:
Be a 501c3 approved nonprofit organization or a city/county operated facility.
Be located in AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY or the west edge of Texas.
Have the authority to make transport decisions on behalf of your organization.
Be able to send or receive large numbers of cats and/or dogs at one time.
If you are interested and eligible to apply to be a Dog is My Copilot Partner, please download the DIMC Source Agreement or the DIMC Destination Agreement below. Please email the completed form to KARA@DOGCOPILOT.ORG.
Peter Rork, MD is the President and Co-Founder of DIMC. He is also the Chief Pilot, the Navigator and is immune to the sounds and smells of flying dogs and cats. Kara Pollard is the Executive Director. She is Ground Control, Social Media Guru, Tech and Media Consultant, puts the flights together, and if she could would take home every DIMC passenger.
Do AROs get their crates back?
We do not return crates for two reasons. First, we do not have a washing station at airports and therefore are unable to sanitize crates between uses. Second, we need to unload crates to make room for different sized crates. We may arrive in San Francisco with six black labs in medium to large crates from Idaho and then fly to Sacramento to load 30 chihuahuas in small crates. If we had to return six crates to Idaho, we would not be able to rescue 30 chihuahuas from Sacramento. Saving lives comes first. Our rescue partners may ship crates back, have crate campaigns, solicit donated crates from area box stores, or rely on “Krate Karma,” all of which work for our ARO partners.
Does it hurt animals’ ears to fly and do they wear ear protection?
The animals we fly are carefully screened by medical professionals and experienced animal rescue workers prior to the flight. They all have medical certificates when they board. Our very competent AROs assure us that the animals we fly are free from any ear ailment that would create pain. While animals who fly frequently in small planes may benefit from ear protection, the animals we rescue will likely take only one private aircraft trip. There is no hearing loss danger from one trip.
What does the pilot eat?
AROs often ask what to bring for the pilot. Nothing is required, but a bottle of water and a healthy snack is appreciated after a long flight. Almond M&Ms will win you brownie points.
What about the weather?
Our flying motto is, “Be old, not bold,” so we do not fly in bad weather. We ask that AROs be flexible and know that there may be times when we need to move a trip up or back a couple days to avoid dangerous flying conditions. During winter months, trips are modified more often.