Show your dog love by keeping them safe, away from roadways

By Luis Carlos Lopez / ADOT Communications

Courtesy photo: Arizona Animal Welfare League

Today, August 26, is National Dog Day. We know the importance that pets play in our lives and we certainly do not want to darken the mood on a day such as today, when many are celebrating and pampering their doggos. 

Because we want to see those very good boys and and very good girls for dog years to come, we do want to remind people about the importance of keeping pets safe when near or on roadways. After all, protection is one way to show love and appreciaiton to the ones that love unconditionally. 

Recently, a dog was wandering northbound Interstate 17 near Glendale when a few kind motorists stopped to rescue it. Fortunately, this resulted in a successful rescue with no crashes or injuries -- to people or the dog. But it could’ve ended tragically.

“We advise motorists to call 911 when safe to do so with an accurate description of the animal along with a location,” said DPS spokesman Bart Graves. “Motorists should never stop along the highway and try to retrieve the animal.” 

In an effort to minimize these calls, we reached out to Kimberly Vermillion, director of marketing and communications for the Arizona Animal Welfare League for tips for keeping pets safe and secure.

  • Keep your pet leashed when it isn't in a secure area. This will keep them from running off if they get distracted or spooked.
  • Always check that your fence gates are closed and secured before letting your dog outside.
  • Make sure doors and windows are shut if you are leaving them unattended (pets can easily plow through screens, if they're motivated).
  • Make sure your pets are microchipped and that your contact information is up to date. This way if they are found as a stray, someone can scan their chip and be able to contact you quickly to reunite you with your pet.
  • Keep your pet's collar and their i.d. tags on, especially when they are outside and keep the information on the tags up to date.

If your dog travels with you, make sure it's secure in your car. Pets can jump or fall through open windows or truck beds onto roadways. And pets who roam freely inside a vehicle can can be injuried or killed in a crash or even if you have to stop quickly.

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