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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 19, 2014 paige plaza-mercado
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Staci Stewart
Sep 19, 2014 Nandie Singh How could people be so cruel?!
Sep 19, 2014 Cyndy Ritzman
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Mary Viglienzoni No dogs should be left in cars. If you need to go in...leave them at home!
Sep 19, 2014 Jeydy Arzola
Sep 19, 2014 Pamela Souchek
Sep 19, 2014 Judy Toscano
Sep 19, 2014 Jocelyn Bertin
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 DAHYUN PARK
Sep 19, 2014 Rheanna Edwards I have 3 rescued shelter dogs and love then to pieces!
Sep 19, 2014 Marina Maldonado
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Sarunpat Tongsomboon Car is not the place for any living creatures.
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Patricia Beasley No dog should ever be left in a car.
Sep 19, 2014 ivette alarcon i could never leave my babies in a car! Hoping to raise as much awareness as possible!!
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Mari Ann Sampson
Sep 19, 2014 Courtney Martin My pets are my children... now you wouldn't leave your children in hot cars would you? Be responsible people.
Sep 19, 2014 arlene mendoza
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Patricia Cagle
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Joey Tan
Sep 19, 2014 Louise Albarracin Do Not Leave pets or children in cars ever!
Sep 19, 2014 Maria Ostfalk
Sep 19, 2014 Andrew Scrivener Animals have feelings and a right to be safe , look after one of your best friends you will ever have .
Sep 19, 2014 Melissa Farese
Sep 19, 2014 Sara prentice
Sep 19, 2014 Liliana Valera
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Claudia Lucero
Sep 19, 2014 Juanita Perez
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Howard Pillae
Sep 19, 2014 hannah karpf
Sep 19, 2014 Poulami Basu
Sep 19, 2014 Stephany Hidalgo
Sep 19, 2014 Jeanedy Semeleer
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Lara Osrin We need to keep our animals safe and have respect for them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are not objects they are living creches just like us humans. HAVE RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 19, 2014 amber sparks
Sep 19, 2014 maureen brooke
Sep 19, 2014 Lisa Chapin Please Please Please do not leave your dog in the car they depend on you to keep them safe.
Sep 19, 2014 sue beckman

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