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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 37,025
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

Feb 24, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Feb 24, 2018 Wendy Dalton
Feb 24, 2018 Jennifer Bay
Feb 23, 2018 Carol Brazee
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Janice Taylor
Feb 23, 2018 Lanette Rapp
Feb 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2018 Susan Welsford
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2018 Stacey Mclea
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Socorro Wapelhorst
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Rastatter
Feb 19, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 18, 2018 LINDA MILLER I have personally tried to stop this whenever I see it happening. You THINK you love your animal -- you better think again if you are doing this.
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Joyce Kolasa
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 16, 2018 Jacqueline Frye
Feb 16, 2018 Kim Svien
Feb 15, 2018 LINDA LAYMAN
Feb 15, 2018 Matías Fuertes
Feb 14, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 14, 2018 Holly Greaver
Feb 12, 2018 Linda Graves
Feb 11, 2018 Lynda Frattone
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Linda M
Feb 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 7, 2018 Diane Tabbott
Feb 5, 2018 Elba Bond
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
Jan 21, 2018 Teresa Cabrera
Jan 21, 2018 Denis Siberdt
Jan 17, 2018 Anna Borys-Malek
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 norma graciela varrone cancio
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 7, 2018 megan sammy
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 Susan Bradshaw
Dec 31, 2017 Sari Salmi

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