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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.

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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

Sep 1, 2014 Sabrina Renault
Sep 1, 2014 Hannah Ward
Sep 1, 2014 Cornelia Czornei
Sep 1, 2014 Janine Roome-Smith
Sep 1, 2014 Mandeline York
Aug 31, 2014 Judy Jackson
Aug 31, 2014 Paulette Archuleta
Aug 31, 2014 Suzanne McClain
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 Viviana Carcache
Aug 31, 2014 Brenda Flores
Aug 31, 2014 Lynda Severson
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Carola Sifari
Aug 30, 2014 Melissa Santiago
Aug 30, 2014 Julie Genaway
Aug 30, 2014 pam clement
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Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 windy plummer
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Margaret "Sue" Romano
Aug 29, 2014 Belgica Bailey
Aug 29, 2014 Linda Cameron
Aug 29, 2014 barbara franchs
Aug 29, 2014 Jerri Miller
Aug 29, 2014 paris karali
Aug 29, 2014 Kimberly D Hamel-Brown
Aug 29, 2014 Victor Wuthrich
Aug 29, 2014 Diana Beall It's shocking that people do this to their pets. And, I will act accordingly if I see an animal in a hot automobile just to save the animal.
Aug 29, 2014 Angelika Kempter
Aug 29, 2014 Victor da Cal
Aug 29, 2014 Terri Molnar
Aug 29, 2014 Melody Cavanaugh
Aug 29, 2014 Laus Jacques
Aug 29, 2014 marlene VAZQUEZ It is never okay to leave a pet in a vehicle unattended for any length of time for any reason!!!!!
Aug 29, 2014 Janie Duncan
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Kim Neff
Aug 28, 2014 rach mcnamara
Aug 27, 2014 edward dyer
Aug 27, 2014 pepper rundle
Aug 27, 2014 Cristel Major
Aug 27, 2014 Kimberly Miller
Aug 27, 2014 Renate Gärtner
Aug 27, 2014 Sharon Stolt
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 Cristiane Mendes

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