According to the American Humane Association, thousands of dogs die needlessly each year riding in pickup truck beds. We’ve all seen dogs riding in the bed of a pickup truck and wondered if they might jump out or fall. Unfortunately a lot of dogs do just that.
In response, Ford and the American Humane Association have teamed in a new pet safety campaign. Called “Dogs Ride Inside,” the campaign reminds drivers that simple actions can prevent serious injury or death while transporting the family pet.
“As America’s truck leader, this is an issue that’s close to the heart for us,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. “We’re not asking that people go to onerous lengths while driving with pets, but even the smallest steps can make a difference in keeping all passengers in our vehicles safe.” Ford and the American Humane Association and Ford recommend:
- All animals should ride inside a pickup truck cab – not in the bed of a truck.
- Pets should ride in the back seat if a truck has one. Owners are encouraged to restrain, or crate pets with a pet carrier or specially designed pet seat belt.
- Don't let dogs stick their heads out of rolled down windows. They can be injured by flying debris or by falling out. Keep a window partially open, but not too far.
- If a dog is lost, always be sure ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar.
- Do not leave pets unattended inside vehicles because vehicle interiors heat up quickly.
Get your licks
This fall, Ford says the company will sponsor a month-long adoption and pet safety tour in conjunction with Fido Friendly magazine. “Get Your Licks on Route 66” will visit 15 cities from Los Angeles to Chicago promoting pet safety and adoption; in the first four years of the tour more than 1,500 animals have been placed in new homes. Shelters along the route and dates can be found at getyourlicksonroute66.com.