Dog Is My Copilot flying Texas dogs, cats to new homes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Dog Is My Copilot flying Texas dogs, cats to new homes

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Dozens of animal-loving volunteers across Texas helped send about 80 dogs and cats to the Northwest on Monday, with the hope that they'll be adopted.

Peter Rork is the President and pilot of Dog is My CoPilot. He volunteers his time to fly dogs and cats out of the kill shelters, to areas across the country where they'll be adopted. The flight from Lubbock included the 5,000th animal that he's saved.

"It is a Tetris game trying to get all of the crates into the aircraft. I hate to leave any behind, if I leave any behind then they're euthanized. All of these dogs are on the E-list."

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He has been with the non-profit animal rescue transport organization for four years.

"We fly for the 501c3s on each end. We never charge the senders or the receivers. We rely on public donations just as all these good folks who are donating their time and transporting the animals."

Rork says he has always had a dog, and knowing the joy of his own man's best friend pushes him to keep doing it.

"If I can deliver an animal or dog to someone's home and they can have the same joy that I have with my dog, then I'm really helping out."

Sharon Hatch, a volunteer who doesn't want to see any dog put-down says, the animals go to, "a variety of shelter and rescue partner organizations in Washington State and Montana. PAWS Animal Shelter, The NOAH Center, Seattle Humane Society, Kitsap Humane Society, The Motley Zoo, Spokane Humane Society, The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County and Thompson River Animal Care Shelter will graciously open their doors and give their new Texas friends a second chance of finding wonderful homes in the Pacific Northwest. For most of these animals, it is their only chance to start a new life and avoid euthanasia."

"It's not a problem finding the animals to transport, it's finding the groups that can actually accept them."

That's why these Texas animals are going to stop at four different places on Monday.

Rork said the weather was going to be perfect for flying all the way from Lubbock to Seattle.

"These dogs will be drinking Seattle coffee now."

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