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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


Jul 25, 2014 Susan Magnuson BE AWARE OF THE OUTSIDE TEMP WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR BELOVED COMPANION / COMPANIONS WITH YOU IN THE CAR WHILE SHOPPING!!! LEAVE THE WINDOWS DOWN AT LEAST A COUPLE OF INCHES. IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND. YOUR COMPANION/COMPANIONS WILL THANK YOU! :-)
Jul 25, 2014 Linda Zoellner
Jul 25, 2014 Kelly Lindner
Jul 25, 2014 Alexander Regueiro
Jul 25, 2014 sunshine reese who let's friends suffer needlessly?
Jul 25, 2014 Sharon Fisk
Jul 25, 2014 Terry Shoaf
Jul 25, 2014 Nicolina Sposaro
Jul 25, 2014 Katerina Brant
Jul 25, 2014 Peg French Do not leave any pets, children or persons not able to get out of the car on their own, in a car........ever!
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Catherine Ricci THINK, people!,
Jul 25, 2014 Cyndi Mears We can judge a person by the way they treat animals.
Jul 25, 2014 Vanessa Gonzalez
Jul 25, 2014 Jeanette Rea
Jul 25, 2014 Marion Snyder ...or any type of animal...or children or elderly.
Jul 25, 2014 Beth Jurczyk
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Christina Owen
Jul 25, 2014 Joyce Wood Please think about your actions. If I see a dog or a person left alone in a hot car I am getting them out. I will face the consequences afterwards!!
Jul 25, 2014 Beverly Buckley PLS DO NOT LEAVE ANY ANIMALS IN A HOT CAR... YOU YOURSELF KNOW HOW HOT IT IS WHEN WE GET BACK IN AFTER THE CAR HAS BEEN SITTING & SOMETIMES ITS IN THE SHADE & ITS STILL HOT...TAKE HEED DO NOT LEAVE ANIAMLS/CHILDREN ANYTHING LIVING IN A HOT CAR...
Jul 25, 2014 shana smith
Jul 25, 2014 Brenda Eschbacher
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Diana Leatherman In Arizona we have the right to contact the police and they will break into a vehicle to rescue an animal.
Jul 25, 2014 Milissa Cramer
Jul 25, 2014 Deborah Long
Jul 25, 2014 Terri Good
Jul 25, 2014 Diane Lusko
Jul 25, 2014 Rebecca Tena
Jul 25, 2014 Lani Porter It's so cruel to leave a pet in the heat of a car. You say you love them, how can you when you are killing them? Love them and keep them safe.
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Nadine Martorana
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) I've already intervened for one poor pup who was left in a closed vehicle--I'll do it again if necessary!
Jul 25, 2014 janet wallace
Jul 25, 2014 ROXANNE KEYZER
Jul 25, 2014 Michele Spoons-Wood
Jul 25, 2014 Shirley Toland
Jul 25, 2014 Jeannette Smith Save a pet or child. Be vigilant, and if you spot either in a parked car alone with windows up and no A/C Running, try to get them out immediately. Call for assistance if necessary, 911, or animal control with an emergency alert.
Jul 25, 2014 lisa clark
Jul 25, 2014 Lisa Kiddy
Jul 25, 2014 Maria Cardone
Jul 25, 2014 MICHAEL CARPENTER
Jul 25, 2014 Liliana Ferreira
Jul 25, 2014 Lycia Simon
Jul 25, 2014 LUCINDA BURGESS THIS IS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART BEING SUCH A BIG DOG LOVER. IF A PERSON CAN'T HANDLE THE HEAT, AN ANIMAL IS WORSE OFF. LEAVE HEM HOME, COOL AND COMFY. THEY WILL WAIT LOVINGLY FOR YOUR RETURN!
Jul 25, 2014 paige carbo common sense is don't leave, any animal and kids in a parked car, especially alone.
Jul 25, 2014 Kathleen Koepp
Jul 25, 2014 Carla Lamarr Do not leave CATS in hot cars either.

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