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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

Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard STOP this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 22, 2018 Fawn McConnell
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 20, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 20, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 20, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 20, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
Jul 20, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
Jul 20, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Jul 19, 2018 Jacqueline Leahy
Jul 19, 2018 Tina Behla
Jul 19, 2018 Summer Patterson
Jul 18, 2018 Janet Mischler
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Marga Gili
Jul 18, 2018 Linn Carlile If people really care for their pets or even children They would never leave them in a car in hot weather for any length of time. I did see a car where they had left the air conditioner on, car locked and running and there was also a big pan of water.
Jul 18, 2018 Diane D
Jul 18, 2018 Sanand Dilip
Jul 18, 2018 Carolyn Gregory Absolutely no excuse for leaving any animal unattended in a death trap!
Jul 18, 2018 Sheri DiSanza Use "common" sense people. Leave your dogs at Home with shade & fresh water at all times PLEASE !
Jul 18, 2018 Anne DePalma
Jul 18, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
Jul 18, 2018 Katherine Ransier
Jul 18, 2018 Mandy Prior I can't believe people still do this? I seen people leave kids, babies in cars too. It's so dangerous for many reasons.
Jul 18, 2018 Liliana fiorini
Jul 18, 2018 afsaneh rahmani
Jul 18, 2018 JoAnne Willey
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName751513962670765 jmetetlastName644261895136745 jmeterComment4309
Jul 18, 2018 Alicia Orr
Jul 18, 2018 katherine Sampson
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName397122603793958 jmetetlastName883251136995556 jmeterComment4369
Jul 18, 2018 G. Tompkins
Jul 18, 2018 Sandra Sanders
Jul 18, 2018 Gena Havner It should be legal to break a window to save a living being, period.
Jul 18, 2018 Christina M. Don't care about law, if I see a dog in distress, I will break window & rescue.
Jul 18, 2018 Dominique LANG
Jul 18, 2018 June Cattell
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Leaving a poor animal or baby in a car in the heat is no excuse
Jul 18, 2018 Wendy Goetz
Jul 18, 2018 Maureen Kelly With all the info that goes out over the airwaves EVERY summer telling people not to leave pets in hot cars, it baffles the hell out of me that the idiots do it anyway! WTH?!?!?!?
Jul 18, 2018 Susan Cohen
Jul 18, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Jul 18, 2018 Diana Moore
Jul 18, 2018 shari markovich
Jul 18, 2018 Tomoyo Nishi
Jul 18, 2018 Bonnie Goldsmith
Jul 18, 2018 Deborah Tontodonato

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