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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 34,488
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.

Sign Here

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 4, 2015 Argaitz Romero González
Sep 4, 2015 Elaine Mero
Sep 4, 2015 dawn franklin
Sep 4, 2015 jolanda Brulez
Sep 4, 2015 Debbie Suddeth
Sep 4, 2015 Chris Büte
Sep 4, 2015 pat glew
Sep 4, 2015 Anna Obara-Gola
Sep 4, 2015 Jolanda Klos
Sep 4, 2015 Damaris Smith
Sep 4, 2015 nina chen yey!! happy furry!!!
Sep 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) don't place and animal in a position you would not safely place yourself they are living feeling creatures as we are we need more respect for our beautiful loyal friends
Sep 4, 2015 Michele Gyselinck
Sep 4, 2015 olivia underwood Dogs experience pain they may not be able to tell you. We need to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Sep 4, 2015 Donna Nantais
Sep 4, 2015 Sharon Pierce
Sep 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2015 Linda Daniel YAY. All states need to pass the same law
Sep 4, 2015 Carla Ibarra
Sep 4, 2015 Timothy Johnson
Sep 4, 2015 heather haines
Sep 3, 2015 frances lightfine
Sep 3, 2015 Susan Crane
Sep 3, 2015 Yashoda Jordan
Sep 2, 2015 Jessica Black
Sep 2, 2015 Hilda Watkins
Sep 2, 2015 Melissa Pate
Sep 2, 2015 rebekah salandra
Sep 2, 2015 sylvie béclard
Sep 2, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Sep 1, 2015 Kate Holland
Sep 1, 2015 Marlie Franken
Sep 1, 2015 Neville Bruce
Aug 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2015 ARZU ERDOGAN
Aug 30, 2015 Naomi Martin
Aug 30, 2015 Roxanne Asel
Aug 29, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra
Aug 29, 2015 Germana Pimentel
Aug 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2015 Dianna Cristello I care
Aug 29, 2015 dip rawal
Aug 29, 2015 Sylvia Allen
Aug 29, 2015 Bobbie Littler This Should Be Stopped Because If Dog Owners Treat Dogs Like This They Should B Prosecuted
Aug 29, 2015 Maureen Jackson
Aug 28, 2015 TINA ZOUPPAS
Aug 28, 2015 Dianne Foldvik
Aug 28, 2015 Melissa McCracken
Aug 28, 2015 Alison Sharpes
Aug 28, 2015 Jessica Brinich

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