Volvo Cars teams with Bark Buckle Up for Pet Travel Safety

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When driving 35 mph, a 60-pound unrestrained dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, windshield, or passenger. Even if the animal survives, it can impede the progress of rescue workers who need every moment possible to safely care for accident victims. Pet restraints in moving vehicles are now required in many states and provinces since they offer several advantages — they help protect pets in the event of a collision; keep pets from running loose and distracting the driver; and prevent pets from escaping the car through an open window or door.

“We chose to partner with Volvo because we share a similar mission — to provide safety for all passengers — people and pets,” said Selter. “Currently less than 2% of American pet parents restrain their pets while traveling. Our goal, together with Volvo, is to educate people to ensure that pet safety, before and after an accident occurs becomes a top priority.”

Starting June 1, participating Volvo Retailers will display the Bark Buckle UP Pet Travel Safety program, information and offer visitors the first responder approved Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit FREE of charge. Each Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit includes an emergency pet card and safety decal. Both list important information — if you have a pet at home in need of care if you are unable to care for it, who to call to care for your pet if they’ve been in an accident with you, and the name and phone number of the pet’s veterinarian. In the event of an accident, the information provided in the Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit will help rescue workers properly seek care for your pet. Bark Buckle UP continues to work closely with fire, police and rescue officials nationwide to gain their support and teach them where to locate the emergency pet card and static sticker.

“Now is the time to educate consumers about the importance of pet safety restraints,” said Daniel Johnston, Product Communications, Volvo Cars of North America. “Summer is almost here and with many travelers wary of flight delays, families will bring their children — and their pets — to destinations accessible by car. Few people understand how dangerous traveling with an unrestrained pet can be. That’s why Volvo has partnered with Bark Buckle UP to support Pet Safety Days and provide the tools travelers need to keep all family members safe.”

Bark Buckle UP recently awarded the Volvo XC90 the Pet SAFE vehicle of choice in America. To bring pet safety to the forefront and educate pet owners about traveling safely with pets, the Pet Safety Days campaign coincides with Bring Your Pet to Work Day on June 20 and Auto Safety Month in June.

About Bark Buckle UP

Bark Buckle UP pet safety program is traveling nationally to teach and promote pet safety in automobiles and while traveling with pets. By teaching pet safety in and around automobiles the lives of pets are being saved.

Bark Buckle UP founder Christina Selter, a Pet Travel Safety Expert, has been featured nationwide in television, radio, and news articles. She has also been featured at international auto shows, pet expos, and guest speaking engagements. Christina works closely with fire and police personnel who support the safety program. “Just like Click it or Ticket, the Bark Buckle UP campaign helps save lives,” said Christina Selter.

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