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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 20, 2014 Roya Massoudi
Sep 20, 2014 Paloma Chavez
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please also remember how hot the sidewalks and parking lots are in the summer during the day on doggie paws. If in doubt, take your shoes off and see how long you can stand it.
Sep 20, 2014 Arlene Stricker I have a sign in my left rear car window that says not to leave a dog in a hot car and if you see a dog left in a car to call 911.
Sep 20, 2014 Stacey Beck
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Judi Peters
Sep 20, 2014 Elaine Rutland-Smith Even better, leave them at home.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Keep our dogs safe
Sep 20, 2014 maren selboe
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) If you are not comfortable sitting in a hot (or cold) vehicle, then pets are not comfortable either.!!!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Joyce Jones Pets are family and are not to be left in hot cars! They have feelings the same as people!
Sep 20, 2014 Heidi Sodora
Sep 20, 2014 Tatiana Hatzimarkos
Sep 20, 2014 Dorothy McDermott Don't leave any animals/children in a hot car ever ,only if theres an "Adult who can open windows or put on the AC" in the car as well ! Thanks
Sep 20, 2014 Ralph Lane You don't leave your kids in the car, don't leave your pets in one either, be cool....don't be a fool!
Sep 20, 2014 Charlene Knight
Sep 20, 2014 Laida Altizer Don't leave pets in the car especially when windows are closed. !!!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please leave your pets at home when it's hot outside . .......you would never leave your baby or small child in the car in the heat (although some idiots have left babies in the car with fatal results) Please change the laws about this . PLEASE help
Sep 20, 2014 Jamie Seriani
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Lorna Miller
Sep 20, 2014 patti dzialek
Sep 20, 2014 Tracie Micheff
Sep 20, 2014 Corinne Crane This is a great movement!
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Furtado
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) So very cruel to leave a dog in a hot car
Sep 20, 2014 Lee Jaqua We should treat our dogs like we want to be treated!
Sep 20, 2014 Debbie Stogdill
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) I have 4 dogs and would never ever think about leaving him in a hot car, wouldn't do it to a human why a pet? I will report to authorities ASAP!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Barbara Heckel animals should be taken care of like babies, love them, protect them and keep them safe no matter what kind of animal it is!!!
Sep 20, 2014 Jennifer Crane
Sep 20, 2014 tina smith This breaks my heart people need to be held responsible
Sep 20, 2014 Marion Friedl
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Lauren Sticca
Sep 20, 2014 Meaghan Maggert I know a lot of people like to have their furry friends with them all the time but if you going to leave you friend in the car for any amount of time just let them stay at home.
Sep 20, 2014 Cheryl Armstrong
Sep 20, 2014 Jessica Johansson
Sep 20, 2014 Jennifer Horne
Sep 20, 2014 Jackie McGuire
Sep 20, 2014 Tammy Awckland
Sep 20, 2014 mary ruessing no way I could ever even think about doing this to an animal
Sep 20, 2014 diane powell
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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