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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 21, 2014 Ida Fedik
Aug 21, 2014 Emma Spires
Aug 21, 2014 Céline zini
Aug 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2014 Gino Tarabotto
Aug 21, 2014 Tammy Engelbach
Aug 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2014 Marita ManZo
Aug 20, 2014 Char Cook
Aug 20, 2014 Debi Allen
Aug 20, 2014 Linda Prandi
Aug 20, 2014 Victoria CAHILL
Aug 20, 2014 Teresa Evans
Aug 20, 2014 virginia carter
Aug 20, 2014 Lajean Faircloth
Aug 20, 2014 diego fleita
Aug 20, 2014 Susan Hopkins
Aug 20, 2014 Jennifer White
Aug 20, 2014 Tonya Roznowski
Aug 20, 2014 Vanessa Marcano
Aug 19, 2014 Kathleen Kordecki
Aug 19, 2014 Christina Mohaddess
Aug 19, 2014 Nadine Tränkle
Aug 18, 2014 Laurel Lane I have never left any animal or person in a hot vehicle and will not do so in the future.
Aug 18, 2014 Yuki Mueller
Aug 17, 2014 Athena Istas
Aug 17, 2014 Aurora Herrera
Aug 17, 2014 Rozanna Ramirez
Aug 17, 2014 Lori Mccracken
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2014 Kasey Bartholomew
Aug 17, 2014 Donna DiFrancesco PLESE DON'T LEAVE ANY ANIMAL INSIDE A PARKED CAR EVER!!!
Aug 17, 2014 fanny MABON
Aug 17, 2014 KATHY GARCIA ANIMALS AS WELL AS CHILDREN HAVE NO VOICE TO ITS UP TO US TO PROTECT THEM. HOT CARS ARE CRUEL. WE MUST HAVE STRICTER LAWS AND MORE PEOPLE WHO CARE. PLEASE HELP
Aug 17, 2014 Sheryl Conerly
Aug 16, 2014 Jessica McLeod
Aug 16, 2014 Priscilla DaCosta
Aug 16, 2014 Mary Stubblefield
Aug 16, 2014 Marcia Bissett
Aug 16, 2014 heather pitcox
Aug 16, 2014 Micayla Pennington
Aug 16, 2014 Aureo Alejandro, Jr. If I'm unable to locate the owner, I will break the window and release the animal from its torture! AFTERWARDS, I will call 911.
Aug 16, 2014 Ashley Jeffrey Animals need rights.
Aug 16, 2014 Wendi Rost
Aug 16, 2014 Esther Garcia de Diego
Aug 16, 2014 Mary Ann Avery
Aug 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2014 Jenna Frennier
Aug 15, 2014 sarah amaral
Aug 15, 2014 Claudia Whillock

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