Thursday, June 3, 2010 / 2:52 pm
Honda Provides Dog Friendly Elements For Heigl Foundation
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., presented two Dog Friendly Honda Elements to the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation last month. Designed with pet safety and comfort as top priorities, both Elements will be used to transport rescued dogs throughout the Western U.S.
The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation was founded by Nancy and Katherine Heigl in memory of a wonderful son and brother. Jason loved all animals, especially dogs, cats and monkeys and lived his short life extending compassion and kindness to all creatures great and small. The Foundation is his legacy.
The focus of the Foundation is to increase awareness of inhumane treatment of animals, support non-profit rescue efforts, assist homeless shelter animals with rescue and medical treatment, fund and encourage free spay/neuter clinics, place rescue dogs and cats in loving homes, and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and dog fighting.
"Honda’s Dog Friendly Element is the perfect vehicle to support The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation’s mission," said Steve Center, vice president of marketing operations for American Honda. "Honda is thrilled to be able to support their effort to transport rescue dogs and help find them new homes."
"It’s so great Honda has figured out how to make the car rides for dogs – one of their favorite pastimes – even better," said Katherine Heigl, co-founder of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. "These pet-friendly vehicles will be a big help for our work with homeless shelter animals who need rescue and medical treatment."
The Dog Friendly Element’s equipment enhances comfort by providing a soft floor surface for the dog's legs and paws along with a dedicated fan and a spill resistant water bowl. Convenience is improved for owners with an integrated ramp that is stored underneath the bed platform and can be easily accessed when the rear tailgate is down. The car kennel was designed and is being constructed by Takata Corporation, one of the world's leading automotive safety systems suppliers. The Dog Friendly equipment group has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $995.