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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 38,170
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


Aug 17, 2018 Leslie Hernandez
Aug 17, 2018 Kelly Smith I wish that every state would enact a law allowing people to rescue dogs in these horrible situations, without fear of legal repercussions.
Aug 17, 2018 Ashley Putnam
Aug 17, 2018 Kiera Jenkins We have plenty of dogs brought into us at the pdsa having been left in a hot car, 9 out of 10 of them don't make it even after intense treatment, it can be prevented so easily
Aug 17, 2018 jeanne leconte
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Fay Bellingham
Aug 16, 2018 Maren Knox
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Patricia Smith
Aug 16, 2018 Francine LE BERT
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 BEVERLY TRULSON For the doubters of this warning, put yourself in the dogs, supposedly safe, spot. Just crack the windows, you don't have a fur coat and no ice cold bottles of water! Now sit! How long can you stand it!? Vet tech couldn't take it for 10 minutes!
Aug 16, 2018 Kara Wendholt
Aug 16, 2018 Ronald Wyant
Aug 16, 2018 Gayle Hyde
Aug 15, 2018 Stacy Weaver
Aug 15, 2018 Susan Palmer
Aug 15, 2018 Sherri England
Aug 15, 2018 Jennifer Ann Joy NEVER! NEVER!! NEVER leave a child or pet in the car on a hot day!!! It is a death sentence. We all know what a car feels like on hot days, even with windows down. Just don't do it.
Aug 15, 2018 andrea holden
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2018 Lorri Gaffney
Aug 14, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Aug 14, 2018 Robin Montgomery
Aug 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Monique Walters
Aug 13, 2018 Kristine Wigand
Aug 13, 2018 Vilma McDonald
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 andrea lee dunlap would those owners what to be left in the car with no air...I don't think so..
Aug 13, 2018 Paul Foulger
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 Kimberly Carignan
Aug 13, 2018 Jana Pettinger
Aug 12, 2018 Dawn Sare
Aug 11, 2018 Donna Giampa Please, always think about your dog before you. They are your conscience.
Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 8, 2018 Jan Spry How can people leave their animals in a hot car!?! Stupid and preventable! 😣
Aug 6, 2018 Jessica Rasulis
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Theresa Schulze
Aug 5, 2018 melody ragland
Aug 3, 2018 Eileen Charnas
Aug 3, 2018 tamyra Basinger
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 maggie bradford

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