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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


Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
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Sep 15, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 15, 2017 Corrina Parker
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 13, 2017 Anna Duplant
Sep 13, 2017 Anna Krohn
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Sep 13, 2017 Sophia Lim
Sep 13, 2017 Lois Freeman
Sep 13, 2017 Rod Davis
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik
Sep 13, 2017 Kathleen Boyd
Sep 13, 2017 Shannah Tenner
Sep 13, 2017 Marie Keough
Sep 13, 2017 Spasenic Lacramioara
Sep 12, 2017 diane clayton
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 7, 2017 Carrie Allen
Sep 7, 2017 Anne Marie Baese
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Sep 6, 2017 Chris Silcox
Sep 6, 2017 S G
Sep 6, 2017 Diana Martins
Sep 6, 2017 Anne-Pascale Kestemont
Aug 29, 2017 Danielle Tantillo
Aug 28, 2017 Lee Hetzel
Aug 27, 2017 Nathalie Hill-Kapturczak
Aug 27, 2017 Melissa Morris We must educate the public!
Aug 26, 2017 Maria Martins
Aug 26, 2017 R.A. Dayton
Aug 26, 2017 gary smith
Aug 25, 2017 Angie Amor
Aug 25, 2017 nina jacob
Aug 25, 2017 Angela LaRochelle
Aug 25, 2017 Emily Kuester
Aug 25, 2017 Kareyl Vatlestad
Aug 25, 2017 Lisa Field
Aug 25, 2017 Melissa Evans
Aug 25, 2017 Beth Phillips
Aug 25, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Aug 25, 2017 Sheila Chastain
Aug 25, 2017 myriam lengline
Aug 24, 2017 Beverly Scott
Aug 24, 2017 choky alvarez
Aug 24, 2017 Anne Romanow
Aug 24, 2017 Debbie Youngs
Aug 24, 2017 Beate Springmann

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