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Dog is My CoPilot marks 15,000 animals saved

JACKSON, Wyo. — Dog Is My CoPilot, a nonprofit air transport organization, just celebrated saving its 15,000th animal passenger.

“S’mores” just happened to be part of a well-loved group of 17 animals in El Paso, Texas. Her owner passed away this spring and the family was overwhelmed by the care needed to support all the pets. El Paso Animal Services was able to assist the family with their pets and knew she would be a good candidate for their transport program with Dog Is My CoPilot.

S’mores and the rest of the 75+ animal passengers on that rescue landed with partner One Tail at a Time in Portland, Oregon, and are now waiting to be adopted into their ‘furever’ homes.

“Partnering together with animal organizations like El Paso Animal Services ensures each animal waiting in an overcrowded shelter has a chance to find a home, and we are proud to be working together to save more lives,” said Dr. Peter Rork, president and chief pilot for Dog Is My CoPilot. “Every animal we transport saves two—the one that we save and the one that takes its place.”

“S’mores” just happened to be part of a well-loved group of 17 animals in El Paso, Texas. Her owner passed away this spring and the family was overwhelmed by the care needed to support all the pets. Photo: Courtesy DIMC

Dog Is My CoPilot is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2012 to transport dogs from areas of the United States where there is overcrowding in animal shelters to areas where animals are in demand. Since its inception, DIMC has saved 15,000 lives and counting. As opposed to long-distance ground transportation or the red tape of commercial flights, transporting animals in DIMC’s Cessna Caravan 208B nicknamed “The Big Dog” is very efficient and DIMC never charges the partners for flights.

This year, DIMC has doubled the number life-saving flights to Texas with the help of the Petco Foundation and three new volunteer pilots.

DIMC executive director Kara Pollard said, “Our motivation to continue saving lives is knowing that we are rescuing animals in most critical need and connecting pets with people. We invite you to join our family in rescuing dogs and cats by supporting our matching campaign. Every little bit helps.”

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