Over 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year. This was an increase compared to last year that can be attributed to more people at home, more packages being delivered and more dogs being adopted.
The Postal Service continues its tradition of calling attention to this public health issue.
2021 National Dog Bite Awareness Week takes place June 12-18. The theme this year is “Be Aware: Any Dog Can Bite.” Spread the news of the campaign by using the hashtag #dogbiteawareness
During National Dog Bite Awareness Week, dog owners are provided tips for protecting mail carriers while making their rounds:
If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner's neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.
Sign up for Informed Delivery. You’ll know when parcels are being delivered in advance of the actual delivery and can take precautions to keep your carrier safe.