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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

May 27, 2015 Susan Daidone
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Diana Kinson-Stein
May 26, 2015 Monica Clayton
May 26, 2015 Connie Tamburri Don't leave your dog in the car!!!
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 kat parsons
May 26, 2015 Jim Cullen
May 26, 2015 Lois Klein it's too bad that shopping malls don't allow dogs to be attached to benches and posts outside, with pans of water close by. The stores would definitely get more business that way, and video surveillance with signs saying that, would warn possible dognaper
May 26, 2015 Karen Knous I am always watching for any animal left in a car, and I have told people if you can't take your pet IN with you then leave them at HOME!! Don't be stupid. ANY ONE LEAVING A PET IN A HOT CAR NEEDS TO GET THE SAME TREATMENT AS PUNISHMENT.
May 26, 2015 Tia Holt I'd definitely break a car window to save a pet or kid inside. To Hell with the consequences!
May 26, 2015 Leigh Cantor
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Sarah Charles
May 26, 2015 Jessica Johnson That's why I love my jeep; took my dog with me to the store with the top off and no doors on. Stayed in the jeep holding her leash while she posed like a queen loving the openness and running to each side daring people to stare at her xD
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Glidden Tyler If you like your pet riding with you, prove your love by leaving a window (or two) open part way for fresh air...
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Cindy Fetcho
May 26, 2015 Lisa Van Valkenberg
May 26, 2015 Dana Kánská
May 26, 2015 Maria Kkamari
May 26, 2015 Penny Keup
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Krisney Berry I love every type of animal and seeing them abused breaks my heart I never want to see anything hurt especially when it comes to animals
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Kristi-Deaton Patterson
May 25, 2015 Magali Torres
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 cindy clement I take my dogs in the car but oly for rides I don't leave them alone
May 25, 2015 Jennifer Gaston
May 25, 2015 KAREN BARTON Keep your dog safe
May 25, 2015 Bonnie White i am always on the lookout for dogs in cars at store parking lots.. I WILL call 911 and make sure the animal is taken care of.
May 25, 2015 Deeanna Godwin
May 25, 2015 Pauline Mahan If it is too hot out I will not take my dogs for a ride.
May 25, 2015 Kimberly Carlona I could never imagine leaving my babies in the car. If they're with my husband and I, one of us stays in the car with the a/c on. That's it...
May 25, 2015 virginia buckbee our state has a law that you can't be prosecuted for breaking an auto window to rescue an animal
May 25, 2015 Traci Fox
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) I have not and will not leave a dog in a hot car ever. Also if I see an animal in a hot car I will take action
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Michele Ramirez
May 25, 2015 Gail Boushley
May 25, 2015 Holly Ducharme
May 25, 2015 Kirsten Pruzek
May 25, 2015 Robyn Harris Think would you like to be left in a hot car> I think not Do what's right by them ! they love us no matter what!
May 25, 2015 helen mohammadi when will people ever learn this is all over media every summer and people still leave them in hot cars to die
May 25, 2015 Cheryl Bergthold

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