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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

Mar 31, 2015 Ea Eilimo
Mar 31, 2015 sandy vanpelt
Mar 31, 2015 Shadoe Drury
Mar 31, 2015 bonnie hoffman
Mar 30, 2015 Cherrell Ollierou
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Mar 30, 2015 Gill Dunlop
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Mar 30, 2015 brigitte forster
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Mar 29, 2015 bernadette porter
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Mar 29, 2015 sufi olsen
Mar 29, 2015 Pamela Gfesser
Mar 29, 2015 Rosa Corgatelli
Mar 29, 2015 Richard Bosboom
Mar 29, 2015 Dana Wong
Mar 28, 2015 Brittney Craig
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Mar 28, 2015 julie mantua
Mar 28, 2015 Michele Miller
Mar 27, 2015 Judy Zoerman
Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
Mar 27, 2015 Eileen Bower
Mar 27, 2015 Amber Lerner
Mar 27, 2015 Aimee Alfonso
Mar 27, 2015 Maria Jachens
Mar 27, 2015 gwendolyn andary
Mar 26, 2015 Arkadij Friedt
Mar 26, 2015 Kelly Cassidy
Mar 26, 2015 Melinda Funk
Mar 26, 2015 carrie cook
Mar 26, 2015 Jordi Malgà
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Mar 25, 2015 J. MASSETTI
Mar 25, 2015 carole applegate
Mar 25, 2015 Lucia Nocentini
Mar 25, 2015 Victoria Walters
Mar 25, 2015 Tahar TEBESSI
Mar 25, 2015 Margaret Landrum
Mar 25, 2015 Helen Jackson
Mar 25, 2015 Connie Stowell
Mar 25, 2015 Laurel Galvan
Mar 25, 2015 Ingeborg Van Hove
Mar 24, 2015 Rebecca Myers
Mar 24, 2015 Kim Walsh Please Keep Cool: Please Don't Leave Dogs In Hot Cars
Mar 24, 2015 Sharon Lewis
Mar 24, 2015 Milka Milenova
Mar 24, 2015 Sarah Panullo

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