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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 34,919
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Every year when the mercury rises, canine companions are at risk for heatstroke or death when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die in as little as fifteen minutes. Staying cool is extra tough for dogs because they can only reduce their internal temperature by panting and sweating through their paw pads.

Parked cars are fast-acting deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees mere minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Most animal lovers are aware of these swift and potentially fatal consequences, but ignorance, neglect, or poor judgement calls still occur, even among trained professionals. Just last summer, a Labrador retriever named Harley, who worked as part of an Iowa K-9 unit, died after he was left alone in a patrol car. The choice to leave an animal behind—even momentarily while running into the supermarket—is an all-too-often fatal decision.

Our best hope for eliminating this tragic trend is to increase awareness, pledge to spread the knowledge, and to act if we see any animal left alone in an unattended vehicle. Please sign the pledge today and help keep our beloved pups cool and safe.

Sign Here

By signing this pledge and following the principles listed here, I am committed to raising awareness about pet safety in the summertime and take action when I see a pet in a potentially fatal position:

  • I will share this petition with friends and family via social media to help perpetuate the knowledge that even a few moments in a hot car is extremely dangerous for dogs. Cracking the window is not sufficient ventilation.
  • If I see a dog left alone in a hot car this summer, I will take down the car's color, model, make, and license plate number and make every effort to contact the owner (grocery store owners will often gladly page customers to alert pet owners that their pups are in danger). If I am unable to locate the owner, I will call local humane authorities and stay with the animal until the situation is resolved.
  • Keep our canine kids cool!

Petition Signatures

Nov 29, 2015 patricia burger
Nov 29, 2015 Donna Kuhn
Nov 29, 2015 celine zini
Nov 28, 2015 Pamela Hicks
Nov 28, 2015 Theresa Castillo
Nov 27, 2015 Gail Coates
Nov 27, 2015 kimberly sparks your dog is your family member
Nov 25, 2015 Sherry Herman
Nov 25, 2015 Elizabeth Jacobs
Nov 25, 2015 Siamak Owhadi Love your dog
Nov 24, 2015 Liana Rois
Nov 22, 2015 Mona Manera
Nov 21, 2015 Donna Hovanec
Nov 20, 2015 Rosa Pereira
Nov 19, 2015 Sherry Spurling
Nov 19, 2015 Bob Orr
Nov 19, 2015 Vesta Burnett
Nov 19, 2015 Leanne Rathmell
Nov 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2015 Beata Kosicka
Nov 18, 2015 Maureen Ebner
Nov 18, 2015 Tricia Lewis My dog,Tessa wants to go with me every time I leave. But I always check the temperature outside and won't take her if she has to spend time in the car when it's over 60 and sunny.
Nov 18, 2015 Patricia Morgan
Nov 18, 2015 Maja Lacković
Nov 18, 2015 Jessica Whitehead
Nov 18, 2015 Marlyse Hanssens
Nov 18, 2015 Joëlle Rambert
Nov 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2015 Andrelene Babbitt
Nov 16, 2015 Margherita Polia
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 14, 2015 Maureen Vidal
Nov 14, 2015 Maria Sanchez
Nov 13, 2015 Andrea Pavelco
Nov 12, 2015 Sandra Beul
Nov 12, 2015 Elma Pjanic
Nov 12, 2015 Martina Riordon
Nov 12, 2015 maureen seltzberg
Nov 12, 2015 Angela Watson
Nov 11, 2015 (Name not displayed) It should be a felony to leave an animal in a vehicle!!!
Nov 11, 2015 Dorothy patterson
Nov 11, 2015 helen Jane howe
Nov 10, 2015 Joanna Ziajew
Nov 10, 2015 VIER EVA
Nov 9, 2015 Julie Craig
Nov 6, 2015 Sherry Sgaraglino
Nov 6, 2015 Marcus Soon
Nov 6, 2015 Jacqueline Calhoun Animals should be treated as children, very delicately. No one in their right mind, body, or spirit should leave a child in the car that is burning hot. nor should someone leave an animal in the car that's burning hot. Leave your animals home, for safety.
Nov 6, 2015 Leonard Downes

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