What is PILOT for Pets?
PILOT for Pets (PILOT) is a program of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC). MAC is a statewide, not-for-profit organization formed in February of 2000 to promote collaboration among those who work in animal welfare, both professionals and volunteers.
The mission of PILOT is to give adoptable pets in Massachusetts a chance at adoption by developing a network of animal welfare organizations throughout the state and acting as a liaison between them, in order to facilitate the intrastate transfer of pets in need throughout this network - from organizations with limited resources to those that have a better ability to find the pets a “forever home.”
Why Was PILOT Created?
PILOT was created by members of a MAC “task force” in 2006 when the idea that there was a shortage of adoptable dogs in Massachusetts had begun to grow. Because of this belief, over the previous two decades, some animal welfare organizations had been importing both puppies and adult dogs from out of state for adoption in MA. The PILOT task force saw that, while this practice was saving the lives of some animals, there were adoptable dogs in Massachusetts that were not being placed, only because of a lack of resources and exposure. They hypothesized that if Massachusetts dogs were provided with resources similar to those given to imported dogs, they would also have a chance at finding their “forever home.” PILOT was created as a system to support the intrastate transfer of pets, affording these forgotten dogs that opportunity.
To meet this need, PILOT established a network of animal welfare organizations in the state and worked to inspire partnerships and long lasting relationships between these organizations. Today, these relationships allow dogs to be transferred within the Massachusetts network – from organizations with limited resources that have difficulty placing animals and may need to rely on euthanasia, to those that have more resources and a better ability to find the dogs a “forever home.” This network has created a safety net, giving hundreds of adoptable dogs in Massachusetts a second chance.