Dog is my Copilot honored at Petco Foundation Lifesaving Awards

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 presented with the Love in Action Award. This award recognizes and celebrates an organization that put their love into action to save animals across the country.

Dog Is My CoPilot partners with nearly 100 animal welfare organizations to save animal lives across the country by transporting pets from shelters in areas in need to geographical locations where adopters are eagerly awaiting their new family members. Since 2012, Dog Is My CoPilot has flown more than 13,000 animals to safety.

AAC Director Carrie Boynton (L), Dog is my Copilot founder/pilot Peter Rork, and Executive Director Kara Pollard unload pups from a flight in August. Photo: Buckrail // Sarah Averill

The local community can watch Dog Is My CoPilot accept their accolade during this year’s Lifesaving Awards while it streams live on the Petco Foundation Facebook page. The Red Carpet kicks off at 8  p.m. ET and the Awards Show starts at 8:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. MST).

At the event, 500 pet-loving guests will come together to honor extraordinary animal welfare heroes, like those at Dog Is My CoPilot. Hosted by Nancy O’Dell, the awards will bring together some of the pet industry’s top brands to celebrate and recognize seven organizations and individuals from across the country for their dedication, determination and daily actions to create lifesaving impact for pets in need.

“The Petco Foundation’s Lifesaving Awards is a celebration of love that saves animal lives and represents our gratitude to animal welfare heroes who put their love into action every day,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “We are excited this year to celebrate our 20-year history of saving lives and recognize and honor exemplary performance of these seven organizations and individuals whose dedication and commitment to solutions and achieving success creates a significant lifesaving impact.”

The 2019 Lifesaving Award Winners include:
• Helping Heroes Award presented to K9s for Warriors
• Paul Jolly Compassion Award presented to Angels of Assisi
• Unsung Hero Award to Kayla Denney from the City of Taft Animal Control Department
• Innovation Award presented to Dallas Animal Services
• Lifesaving Impact Award presented to Montgomery County Animal Services
• The Love in Action Award presented to Dog Is My CoPilot
• Love Amplified Award presented to Bill Abbott and Crown Media

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