A retired doctor has possibly found his true passion in life – recusing dogs and cats who would otherwise be put down.
Peter Rork founded Dog is My CoPilot, a not-for-profit organization which transports pets in overpopulated areas. These areas were selected due to the lower likelihood of finding homes. This, unfortunately, means higher chances for euthanasia for the pets. Thus far, Rork has helped to save 16,000 animals in his 8-year mission.
After his wife passed away in 2012, Rork started to re-think his life. While being a successful surgeon, he always wanted to fly. An owner of three rescue dogs himself, he’s always felt every dog deserves a home. After hearing about how high the put-down rate is for stray dogs, he decided it was time to lend a hand to our furry friends in need.
Rork was able to obtain a -seater plane from his father, also a pilot. Right away, he wanted to start moving at-risk dogs to safer areas. While the operation was rocky at first, Rork linked up with Sharon Lohman. Lohman started her own not-for-profit group called New Beginnings for rescue animals over 15 years ago.
The idea was for Rork to fly the animals in for Lohman exclusively. After about a year of doing so, Rork’s reputation started to spread. His business started picking up. His requests started coming in more frequently and for larger groups of dogs. He was able to update his equipment and plan to suit this new demand he received.
Rork’s operation is now expanded over 15 states and 100 animal shelters – an incredible accomplishment. He’s also recruited three other pilots to help with the transportation.
The shelters are very grateful for Rork’s help. During the pandemic, adoption requests have significantly increased. With Rork’s help, more and more dogs are finding their way home.
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