I am a private pilot who flies for Pilots N Paws, and I want to create a go fund me to help support my Pilots N Paws flights. I am wondering if this is a violation of a FAR in regards to private pilots accepting compensation. The way I understand it is that the FAA does not want passengers paying unqualified pilots for flights that could potentially put the passengers at risk. In this scenario, there are no passengers, so I would assume it's acceptable for me to accept donations to help pay for these flights, but I just want to make sure. Just to be clear, the money from the go fund me is to help me, the pilot, pay for costs that are normally the responsibility of the pilot, such as crates, pet supplies, overnight hotels, cars, and other expenses associated with Pilots N Paws missions, not directly aircraft rental or fuel costs.
For any expenses you’d incur even if you were driving the pets instead of flying them, there should be no legal concerns at all.
Still, to be safe I’d keep excellent records (including scans/photos of receipts for everything) in case you ever have to prove you’re not violating 61.113.