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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

Aug 1, 2014 James Poston
Aug 1, 2014 iris morris
Aug 1, 2014 Amanda Schmidt
Aug 1, 2014 Noemi Tello
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Angela Bonner
Aug 1, 2014 Eileen Fisher
Aug 1, 2014 Patricia Wood
Aug 1, 2014 Eleni Psyllos
Aug 1, 2014 Jeremy Ezerzer
Aug 1, 2014 Juliet Ganpat
Aug 1, 2014 anke bartels
Aug 1, 2014 Mona Darnell
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Melissa Troeller
Jul 31, 2014 Corry Jense
Jul 31, 2014 Karen Miller
Jul 31, 2014 Linda Shrum
Jul 31, 2014 Kat Ehret
Jul 31, 2014 Ashley Hayes
Jul 31, 2014 Debra Godwin
Jul 31, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Carl Morales
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 Lary Seitz
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) STOP ANIMAL ABUSE/ STOP CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Jul 31, 2014 Katharine Timmer
Jul 31, 2014 Rhonda Burcham
Jul 31, 2014 Linda Hopkins
Jul 31, 2014 Nicole Scott
Jul 31, 2014 Kaley Bill
Jul 30, 2014 melanie cremen
Jul 30, 2014 felisha juska
Jul 30, 2014 Beth Cromwell Animals are not just pets!! They are part of the family. We all need to lookout for & help with those who are homeless or abused. We are their voice!!!!
Jul 30, 2014 Beth Barry
Jul 30, 2014 luz vargas
Jul 30, 2014 anne ominski
Jul 30, 2014 Devan Murphy Parents would never leave their child in the car without the AC on, so why is it okay to leave your canine child in the blistering heat without any way of getting cool?
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Cathy Stephens
Jul 30, 2014 Carole Shipley
Jul 30, 2014 SHERRY COOK Please, please don't leave any living, breathing, heart-beating thing alone in a car, truck, van, RV, camper, bus, or anything enclosed for any length of time unless you are intentionally trying to kill your loved one. If you truly care, BE AWARE!!
Jul 30, 2014 Wendy Clark
Jul 30, 2014 kay walker
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 jim bass

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