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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

Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) People who put their pets at risk should not have them
Oct 30, 2014 Mary Ann Gray
Oct 30, 2014 Shannon Blea
Oct 30, 2014 bonnie forshey
Oct 30, 2014 Joseph Taylor
Oct 30, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Oct 29, 2014 sarah Manzo
Oct 29, 2014 Kristi Dickens
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 Praesens Absens
Oct 28, 2014 MICHELE ALDAO
Oct 28, 2014 Nina Gataulin
Oct 28, 2014 BERTRAND Graziella
Oct 28, 2014 Monika Jessner
Oct 27, 2014 Sheena Warren
Oct 27, 2014 Debbie Bunn
Oct 27, 2014 Noelle Ray
Oct 27, 2014 klaas van Santen
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2014 jean-marie albert
Oct 27, 2014 Wilma Lagrand
Oct 27, 2014 Kari Sorger
Oct 27, 2014 roberta morse Support now....
Oct 26, 2014 Carla Houck
Oct 26, 2014 olga yukhanova
Oct 26, 2014 Lynne Blake
Oct 25, 2014 Savanna Erickson
Oct 24, 2014 Debra Wilhoit
Oct 24, 2014 Joelle Stuart
Oct 24, 2014 donna crescioli
Oct 24, 2014 Terry Robinson
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Carden
Oct 24, 2014 lori wright
Oct 24, 2014 Phyllis Snider
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Gohier
Oct 24, 2014 Anne Willson
Oct 23, 2014 Emily Schmidt
Oct 23, 2014 Holly Wright
Oct 22, 2014 Debbie Dragoo
Oct 22, 2014 marina castro
Oct 22, 2014 Doug Lenier
Oct 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2014 Lewis Weber
Oct 20, 2014 Holly Eve Genovese
Oct 20, 2014 Cortney Greenlaw
Oct 20, 2014 Diana Cunningham We have a great local organization that educates the public because it is often over 100 degrees F here in the summer, all summer.
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Clarette Wenta

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