U.S.-based pet travel safety advocacy group Bark Buckle Up has announced its expansion into Canada, with support from Volvo. The group\'s mandate is to educate pet owners on the safest way to travel with their pets.
U.S.-based pet travel safety advocacy group Bark Buckle Up has announced its expansion into Canada, with support from Volvo. The group\’s mandate is to educate pet owners on the safest way to travel with their pets..

Mississauga, Ontario – U.S.-based pet travel safety advocacy group Bark Buckle Up has announced its expansion into Canada, with support from Volvo. The group’s mandate is to educate pet owners on the safest way to travel with their pets.

The group recognized the Volvo XC90 as the 2008 Pet Safe Vehicle of Choice at the New York International Auto Show in March, because of the vehicle’s available wire mesh cargo accessory, multiple tie-down points for pet seatbelts or carriers, and Volvo Car’s dedication to safety.

“Few people understand that a 27-kilogram dog becomes more than 1.2 tonnes of mass in a vehicle travelling at just 55 km/h,” said Christina Selter, founder of Bark Buckle Up. “In a frontal collision, an unrestrained pet can become a serious safety hazard. Things can get even worse for emergency responders who are the first on the scene of a collision. An unrestrained dog can be a danger to them and, if loose, can cause other vehicles to collide on the road.”

A team of Bark Buckle Up pet safety experts has been travelling across the U.S. to demonstrate pet travel products and promote awareness. The group is working on plans to expand the safety roadshow to Canada.

“Volvo and Bark Buckle Up share a common goal, safety,” said Jeff Pugliese, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of Canada. “Whether two- or four-legged, the safety of the occupants in a moving vehicle is a primary concern for families and drivers everywhere. Pets of all kinds need to be properly restrained in a vehicle, not only for their own safety, but because of the potential distraction they can become for the driver and an unsecured hazard in the event of a collision.”

For more information, visit Bark Buckle Up.

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