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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


Aug 28, 2015 PAULA DODSON
Aug 28, 2015 Rose Thompson
Aug 28, 2015 Tamara quartin
Aug 26, 2015 Lusia Yosefa Dwiyana
Aug 26, 2015 kristi ellenberger
Aug 26, 2015 Teresa Heiser
Aug 26, 2015 Marsha McIntire
Aug 26, 2015 Min H
Aug 25, 2015 jane gilmore
Aug 25, 2015 janet sifers
Aug 25, 2015 Oleg Nazarov
Aug 25, 2015 Dawn Templer
Aug 25, 2015 Connie Williams
Aug 25, 2015 Claire Bokas
Aug 25, 2015 Margaret Sober
Aug 25, 2015 Leisa Baumann
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Dani
Aug 24, 2015 YLa Hoang
Aug 24, 2015 Marisol Dominguez
Aug 24, 2015 Robin Blum
Aug 24, 2015 Mary Duquette
Aug 24, 2015 Dorothy Errazuriz
Aug 24, 2015 Cheryl clark
Aug 24, 2015 Barb Boyington I just can't fathom why people are still doing this. These poor dogs are scared and alone and some bark the entire time in the car because they don't understand. Leave them at home, comfortable. Or take them home and run back out to do errands.
Aug 23, 2015 Yolanda Emeric
Aug 23, 2015 Adriana Maria Bidarra
Aug 22, 2015 Deborah Lee
Aug 22, 2015 Micheal&+Patty Nyiri
Aug 22, 2015 Linda Dockery Nothing on earth is more important when you take on the responsibility of a pet. Don't leave your family member in a hot car! THAT IS ABUSE! IF YOU CANNOT BE DEVOTED TO YOUR PET, TAKE THEM TO A SHELTER/RESCUE WHERE THEY CAN BE LOVED AND ADOPTED!
Aug 22, 2015 jo reyes
Aug 21, 2015 robert dowling
Aug 21, 2015 HEATHER GERKE
Aug 20, 2015 Mary Mullen
Aug 20, 2015 richie stoike look out for animals in cars, then break windows.
Aug 20, 2015 Marda De Wet
Aug 20, 2015 Melinda Hewett
Aug 20, 2015 Edurne Gonzalez
Aug 19, 2015 Shelley Tsuji In many states, you can smash the window of the car in and not be charged...GO FOR IT...
Aug 19, 2015 Sylvia Ramsay
Aug 19, 2015 Janice Martz
Aug 19, 2015 Sue Nash
Aug 19, 2015 Bonnie D.
Aug 19, 2015 Brittany Paral
Aug 19, 2015 Leanne Cracknell
Aug 19, 2015 Scotia Ogle
Aug 19, 2015 carol Kitsou
Aug 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2015 Lisa Maines
Aug 19, 2015 lidia bankosz
Aug 19, 2015 Catherine Lee

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