Dog Is My CoPilot, Inc. is a 501(c)3 approved animal rescue organization dedicated to saving animals’ lives by facilitating air transport to abandoned and abused cats and dogs so that they may reach "furever" homes. The organization is incorporated as a Wyoming public benefit corporation and is based in Jackson Hole.
Dog Is My CoPilot (DIMC) decreases the number of animals killed in shelters and increases shelter adoption by flying groups of animals to areas where they are more adoptable. DIMC works with established nonprofit animal rescue organizations to coordinate flights. There is never a fee to the sending or receiving organization.
DIMC makes every effort to fly as many animals on one flight as possible. This keeps costs down and saves more animals. DIMC coordinates with organizations with too many small dogs and too few large dogs, and organizations with too few small dogs and too many large dogs. By transporting large dogs to one area where they are quickly adopted, and small dogs to another area where they are quickly adopted, more animals reach furever homes. DIMC flies many regular routes in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific regions.
DIMC facilitates transport from an airport closest to the point of origination to an airport closest to the destination through the use of general aircraft. These planes have the ability to fly into not only commercial airports, but also small local airstrips. Animals coming from or going to rural areas have a greater opportunity to reach a furever home because transport is made more convenient by the accessibility to local airstrips.
Dog Is My CoPilot is the outgrowth of the generosity of Dr. Peter Rork, orthopaedic surgeon, pilot, and dog lover who began donating his time and his Cessna 206 to animal rescue organizations in 2008. He envisioned a charitable organization that supports animal rescue organizations’ quest to find homes for animals. Dr. Rork contacted Judy Zimet, an Arizona attorney and passionate animal lover with many years of experience launching, boosting, and operating nonprofit organizations. Together they made the dream of flying animals in shelters to safety a reality.