For the third year in a row, the 2015 Ford Expedition and Ford Escape are the official vehicles of FIDO Friendly magazine’s pet adoption tour across Route 66. Barking up a storm is FIDO Friendly’s sixth annual pet adoption tour which kicked off Sept 12 in Los Angeles. Stopping in Chicago, the tour will end in Kansas City, Kansas on October 19.dog

The Get Your Licks on Route 66 is making stops at 17 animal-shelter adoption events along the 2,400-mile stretch of Route 66, one of the first cross-country routes in the United States. Following the Mother Road, the tour will raise awareness for shelter animals in need of a home. In its first five years, Get Your Licks on Route 66 helped more than 2,000 pets find homes. The official spokesperson for this year’s tour is actress, best-selling author and animal lover Danica McKellar.

This year’s tour leaders Susan Sims and her husband Greg are making the trip in a 2015 Ford Expedition EL, the largest Ford-brand utility vehicle, which will be a home-away-from-home for them and their dogs Jake and Junior.

According to Keith Wilson, brand manager, “With class-leading maximum cargo space in the extended-length version, the 2015 Expedition has more than enough room for every member of the family. The Sims family will experience plenty of performance, comfort and capability driving the new Expedition.”

The Sims and resident canines will be hauling a large spinning prize wheel and numerous items that have been donated by pet product companies to give away to help raise funds for the animal shelters at stops along the tour.

“We are thrilled once again to be able to tour the Mother Road and help bring awareness to the plight of homeless pets,” said Susan Sims, who is publisher of FIDO Friendly magazine. “With Ford providing us a new 2015 Expedition, our two rescue hounds – Jake and Junior – are along for the ride. Local doggie daycare centers host our boys while we work the event. At the end of the day, we pick up two tired and happy dogs, then start again the next day.”

Available later this year for sale, the 2015 Expedition will have a new look, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine also available in Ford F-150, and a quiet cabin with more technology than previous-generation models. It will be the latest Ford nameplate to offer a high-end Platinum series.

With Ford’s new powerplant, customers benefit from 365 horsepower and a best-in-class 420 lb.-ft. of standard engine torque, best-in-class maximum towing in the extended-length utilities class with up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped. The Expedition sport ute debuted in 1996 and has seating for up to eight. The 119-inch-wheelbase Expedition has three rows of seats and up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Overall, this standard-wheelbase Expedition is about 8 inches longer than Ford Explorer. Expedition EL – with a 131-inch wheelbase – has three rows of seats and best-in-class maximum cargo space. This long-wheelbase Expedition boasts 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front-row seats with the second and third-row seats folded flat.

In its 14th year, FIDO Friendly, a travel and lifestyle magazine for dog owners features hotel and destination reviews, stories about animal adoption, health and wellness topics, and the latest trends for dog owners.

To learn more about the tour and the cities where events are being held, visit www.fidofriendly.com or www.getyourlicksonroute66.com.

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