Other manufacturers have offered netted barriers and other small features for dogs, but none have matched the level of safety in the concept car’s second-row and cargo-area pet restraint systems.
“The Element is already a very dog-friendly vehicle,” Jenkins said. “My favorite part of (the concept) is that we can now transport a dog safely. Now, pets are part of the family. Now, more than ever, people are adapting to their dogs.”
Sammy’s guardian, Heather Cammisa, knows that first-hand. The Humane Society of the United States’s manager of spay/neuter initiatives adopted Sammy after fostering him for an animal shelter for several months.
“If he could talk, Sammy would say he loves the ramp and the spill-proof water bowl, and I appreciate that the seats don’t hold dog fur and are washable,” Cammisa said.
The vehicle’s second-row seat covers will come with a dog pattern design that matches the included elevated platform bed. All-season “pet-style” rubber floor mats with engraved toy bones, a 12 DC rear ventilation fan, cargo organizer, tote bag, three Dog Friendly exterior emblems and one custom-engraved dog tag will also be included.