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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

May 3, 2015 Christina zerato
May 3, 2015 Wahlen Karen
May 3, 2015 Anne Élise Grégoire
May 3, 2015 Anne Élise Grégoire
May 3, 2015 manca daniela
May 2, 2015 sabrine kastrati
May 2, 2015 Teah Batdorf
May 2, 2015 rose rauch
May 2, 2015 carolyn bishop
May 2, 2015 angela newsom
May 1, 2015 simone grant
May 1, 2015 Claudia Dreier
Apr 30, 2015 Delaina Waite
Apr 30, 2015 cleo cami
Apr 30, 2015 Lisa Weeks
Apr 30, 2015 Eilene Reizer
Apr 30, 2015 Kim Verbeke
Apr 30, 2015 sevda cakir
Apr 30, 2015 Sonja Chardonnens-Haldimann
Apr 30, 2015 Gudrun Dreher
Apr 30, 2015 Susan Tate
Apr 30, 2015 Kim Armstrong I will break the window out of any car to save the animal!
Apr 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2015 Robyn Evans
Apr 29, 2015 Robyn FENDALL
Apr 28, 2015 Linda Shepard
Apr 28, 2015 Batya Bauman You should offer sunshades with message about not leaving dogs in hot cars.
Apr 28, 2015 Shireen Israele
Apr 26, 2015 Andrea Kendall
Apr 26, 2015 Penney Nudelman
Apr 25, 2015 Judy Carman
Apr 25, 2015 Tracy Lambert
Apr 25, 2015 Michelle Thurman
Apr 25, 2015 Olga Shumova
Apr 25, 2015 Tania Llewellyn
Apr 24, 2015 James Carrell
Apr 24, 2015 LAURA HART
Apr 24, 2015 Carmen Stigen Please don't hurt and kill man's best friend!
Apr 24, 2015 pat redner
Apr 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2015 Lauren Moch
Apr 24, 2015 steve lea
Apr 24, 2015 sveta shelekhova
Apr 24, 2015 Erica Koconis
Apr 24, 2015 Alexis Chapman
Apr 24, 2015 Elodie Rodriguez
Apr 23, 2015 Deborah SULTANA

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