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Pet Safety in Vehicles: San Antonio Pets Alive Guest Post



Pet Safety in Vehicles

As Texans prepare for summer road trips, please think to safely secure pets when driving and never leave them in the car.  Dogs can be a great traveling companion, but you may be putting your pet, yourself and other passengers in the vehicle at risk if you drive with an unrestrained pet.

Betty A# 253421 is looking out the window for her new family. This sweet 2 yr old Boxer mix is looking for a home! Email w/ Betty A# 253421 in subject line if interested!

“In the unfortunate event of a crash, an unrestrained pet could become a projectile and hurt not only the pet, but human occupants of the vehicle as well,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “Also, pets that are unrestrained could pose a distraction and take a driver’s eyes off the road long enough to cause a crash.”

In a 2011 AAA/Kurgo Pet Passenger Safety Survey three in ten people admitted to being distracted by their dog while driving and 65% of dog owners admitted to engaging in at least one potentially distracting activity while driving with their dog.  Those activities include petting, using hands or arms to restrict a dog’s movement, reaching into the backseat to interact with a dog, allowing a dog to sit in their lap while driving and giving food or treats.  Pet restraint systems limit distractions and help protect your pet.  Restraint systems that limit a pet’s ability to distract the driver, restrict pet movement in a crash and mitigate crash forces. Padded harnesses with sturdy connectors and straps are available to connect to a vehicle’s seatbelt or LATCH system.  Both hard- and soft-sided crates can be used in vehicles, but should always be strapped down.  Pet car seats or basket-style holders can be used with smaller dogs.

As the summer temperatures rise, remember to never leave pets in cars.  Even with all the windows cracked, the temperature of a car’s interior can rise quickly – up 20 degrees in under an hour.  Pets don’t sweat the way humans do; they can’t cool their bodies efficiently in hot temperatures.  When overheated, pets can go into shock, causing irreversible organ failure and death.  If you think you will need to leave your pet in a car, even for a few minutes, leave them safely at home instead.

If you’re looking for a pet to travel with this summer, San Antonio Pets Alive! will host a Pet Adoption Event this and every Saturday, from 1-6pm at Petsmart at the Forum  - 8278 Agora Parkway The Forum at Olympia Parkway, Selma,TX 78154 and every Sunday, 1-5pm at Petco at Bandera /1604!  For more information, go to  To adopt our pets of the week, email


This week’s Dog of the Week is: Beau A235416 -I am a 2 year old, male Lab blend.  I am very playful, loving, and affectionate but would probably do best in an all female household with no small children. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Beau please come visit him at our kennel located at 4710 HWY 151 (Building One) at Animal Care Services in San Antonio, Texas or email

Five Kittens of the Week!  6 week old kittens are precious and look healthy and are in need of fosters to save their lives today! To Foster Email: w/ your phone number & pet ID ID# 261287, 261283, 261285, 261286, 261284.  They will be ready for adoption in a few weeks and need a place to grow strong and get off of death row.  New to Fostering? Please apply here:


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