AUSTIN, Texas, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In celebration of National Pet Month, Austin-based Wondercide, the leader in safe and effective plant-based pest protection for pets, people and homes, announces participation in and funding for its second annual Texas-based pet rescue flight. Ready to take off May 10 from Austin, TX, Dog Is My CoPilot (DIMC) brand partners, Austin Pets Alive! (APA!), Matt Beisner of “Dog: Impossible” on Disney+/NGW and rescue organizations in need have come together to save more than 50 dogs and cats from euthanasia.
Dog Is My CoPilot is a national non-profit organization that transports at-risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other geographic areas where loving foster families and adoptive families await them. DIMC was founded by Peter E. Rork, a retired orthopedic surgeon and longtime pilot. To date, the organization has transported nearly 22,000 pets to safety.
According to the ASPCA, approximately six million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the United States each year, and approximately one million are euthanized due to overcrowded shelters, pet illnesses, and behavioral issues such as than aggression. Overcrowded and underfunded shelters turn to transportation programs offered by organizations such as DIMC to get dogs and cats safely from kill shelters to non-kill rescue organizations dedicated to finding permanent homes for these adoptable animals. The challenge is local funding for transporting animals from rural rescues to a centralized location, as well as the cost of medical exams and certificates needed before animals can fly, which most small shelters cannot afford. to permit.
Austin non-profit Austin Pets Alive! (APA!), a non-profit organization that pioneers comprehensive and innovative programs designed to rescue animals most at risk, offers transportation assistance from nearby rescues for adoptable animals as well as veterinary services to provide medical testing and vaccinations, such as rabies, required for pets to cross state lines.
“We estimate that approximately 150,000 pets are euthanized each year in Texas alone, but there is a national crisis,” said Clare Callison, director of national pet supply and demand. at Austin Pets Alive! “Many organizations don’t even have the funds to pay for animal feed, let alone veterinary checks, testing, or flea and tick protection. No-kill rescue organizations have control requirements veterinarian that must be met before receiving adoptable animals. , so there is a great need to find a way to make this care available. We saw the difficulties faced by our neighboring rescues and knew that we had to help increase the rate of live results for those animals that otherwise wouldn’t have much hope.”
Over the past two years, Wondercide has pledged to donate a portion of sales from select promotions and holiday scent sample boxes to Dog Is My CoPilot, and the nonprofit is pleased to announce that this year’s entire flight was once again made possible by Wondercide customers and this generous donation.
“We will continue to find ways to support the rescue community and organizations that go to the ends of the earth to save pets across the country,” said Stephanie Boone, Founder and CEO of Wondercide. “The volunteers at DIMC, APA! and underfunded shelters are shining examples of leadership with Fierce Love®. These inspiring people are doing everything in their power and beyond to save pets and we couldn’t be more honored to be a small part of this great love.”
In honor of theft and National Pet Month, Wondercide is teaming up with certified professional dog trainer and star of the Disney+ show, “Dog: Impossible,” Matt Beisner (CPDT-KA), to provide helpful training tips for foster families and new parents of adopting pets to ensure a happy outcome. Matt Beisner has dedicated his career to serving dogs like these whose behavioral problems are a typical response to the very environments from which they must be rescued.
Beisner, a Texas Humane Network Ambassador, is a supporter of the rescue community and has changed dangerous, frightening, and confusing behaviors in dogs without relying on the use of fear, force, command, or control. “In every dog, as in every one of us, there is an opportunity for transformation in whatever life has been given to us,” Beisner said. “It is our duty to teach these once impossible dogs, these frightened dogs and these dogs that were never loved by humans, that we are here to protect them so they can thrive. “
“We believe that collaboration is essential to saving more lives and we are honored by the generosity of companies like Wondercide and APA! who share our mission to help protect as many companion animals as possible,” said Peter. Rork, MD, chief pilot and president of DIMC. . “This rescue effort is a model of partnership and we hope it inspires more people to work together for the greater good of our animal friends. These dogs think we are saving them, but in the end, they are saving us. They give us the chance to do good and to help, to live with a purpose greater than ourselves.”
The May 10 flight will save approximately 50 at-risk dogs and cats from across West Texas. The flight departs Austin around 5:00 a.m. CST and will make stops in Fort Collins, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho, where rescue partners will lead the pets to their new and wonderful lives.
Founded in 2009 and as seen on Shark Tank in 2016, Wondercide is an Austin, TX company with a mission to protect pets, people and homes from pests like fleas, ticks and ticks. mosquitoes with safe, plant-powered and proven products. -work solutions. The full product line is powered by natural essential oils. Wondercide is a woman-founded, eco-conscious brand made in the USA. To date, they have protected 1.5 million families and counting! Wondercide is powered by Fierce Love® to help protect your pack® and is available for purchase at Wondercide.com, Amazon.com, Chewy.com and select specialty pet retail stores around the world. national scale. For more information, visit wondercide.com.
About Dog Is My CoPilot
Dog Is My CoPilot is a 501(c)3 that transports at-risk animals from crowded shelters to adoption centers in other geographic areas where loving families await. Peter E. Rork, MD, orthopedic surgeon and lifelong pilot, co-founded the organization in 2012 with the goal of saving as many animal lives as possible. Dog Is My CoPilot works with municipal shelters, local animal welfare organizations and individuals in 15 western states to coordinate transportation. The organization provides its air services free of charge to the shelters and adoption centers it partners with. Since its inception, Dog Is My CoPilot has helped save the lives of over 16,500 dogs and cats through our transport flights.
About Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Animals Alive! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Austin Animals Alive! focuses on saving healthy, treatable pets at risk of euthanasia in city shelters. Our mission is to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to end the slaughter of pets. For more information, visit www.austinpetsalive.org.
About Matt Beisner:
Celebrity and professional dog trainer Matt Beisner (CPDT-KA) is the founder of THE ZEN DOG and the star of the popular international show “Dog: Impossible” on Disney+ and National Geographic Wild. Matt has dedicated his career to serving dogs whose behavioral problems are a normal response to the very environments from which they must be rescued. Matt, a Texas Humane Network Ambassador, is a supporter of the rescue community and has worked with dogs to help them change dangerous, frightening, and confusing behaviors without relying on fear, force, commands, or control . Matt’s work deeply reflects his personal commitment to hope, something every dog - and their human – deserves, no matter what mistakes they’ve made. He now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Brooklin, their son and daughter, and their four once-“impossible” dogs.
Image 1: Matt Beisner at Austin Pets Alive
Matt Beisner helps keep carrier puppies happy during pre-flight vet checks
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Matt Beisner at Austin Pets Alive