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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.

Sign Here

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 10, 2015 Judy Bristow
Oct 9, 2015 Gaye Russell
Oct 9, 2015 Marky Raypole
Oct 9, 2015 Laura Gustoson My neighbor dislike me for speaking up about the birds they had outside. It wasn't hot, but I still was uneasy. We do not have cars. I promise to help!
Oct 9, 2015 medi valaji
Oct 9, 2015 Janet Shoemaker
Oct 8, 2015 Carolyn Smith
Oct 8, 2015 Chere Conner
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2015 Meredith Clayton
Oct 7, 2015 Frank Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Dana Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Susan Moulard
Oct 7, 2015 Candee Tremblay
Oct 7, 2015 Ana Coelho
Oct 6, 2015 Jim Faulks
Oct 6, 2015 KAREN GARCIA
Oct 6, 2015 tammy calhoun
Oct 6, 2015 Tami Miller
Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2015 Deborah Silhanek
Oct 6, 2015 Susan Martinez
Oct 6, 2015 Louise Coulson
Oct 6, 2015 Pamela Thomas
Oct 6, 2015 Magali Jonet
Oct 6, 2015 paola catapano
Oct 6, 2015 T. Fitzgerald
Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Michelle Kiss Please dont leave your dogs in a HOT car, it is way to HOT for them
Oct 5, 2015 Marilyn Mouser
Oct 5, 2015 Cassandra D'Alessio
Oct 5, 2015 Sandy Gilford
Oct 4, 2015 Waleska Maldonado
Oct 4, 2015 Lila Cahue
Oct 3, 2015 Bree Tait Please make it law not to leave a dog in a car especially on hot or freezing days they can die!
Oct 3, 2015 ana trillo
Oct 3, 2015 Mandy MacLeod
Oct 2, 2015 Christian Schelthoff
Oct 2, 2015 Virginia Cassidy
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Cassandra Marentette
Oct 2, 2015 Valerie Philebaum-Smith
Oct 2, 2015 fran oakes
Oct 2, 2015 Kat Kavanagh
Oct 2, 2015 Martha Jaquith
Oct 2, 2015 bonnie liakas
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) Common sense folks...never leave your fur-babies in a hot car. People are STILL so stupid and ignorant.
Oct 1, 2015 Kaitland Smith
Oct 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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