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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

Aug 1, 2015 marina vilas boas
Aug 1, 2015 Judith Weiler
Aug 1, 2015 jan a cioci
Aug 1, 2015 Dana Wishengrad
Aug 1, 2015 marian merlino
Aug 1, 2015 Pamela Grand
Aug 1, 2015 Sheila Ward
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 candace christensen lange leaving a dog in a HOT car is totally cruel and is an act of pure evil
Jul 31, 2015 Jean Madsen
Jul 31, 2015 Lynett Contino
Jul 31, 2015 Beatrix Janek-Oefelein
Jul 31, 2015 Lisa Hanley
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Marce Walsh We must be the voices for the animals!
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 Kathleen Thomas
Jul 31, 2015 Georgia Ouellette
Jul 31, 2015 Janell Brosssart
Jul 31, 2015 Kay Long
Jul 31, 2015 Jackie Gates I cannot believe this is an issue. If you are not going to be with your pet at all times while in the car, leave them at home!
Jul 31, 2015 Lucy Mae Prior
Jul 31, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jul 31, 2015 Jen Austin
Jul 31, 2015 Julie Jones
Jul 31, 2015 Barbara Livingston
Jul 31, 2015 MARK FUZEK
Jul 29, 2015 Karen Kenney Dogs are like us, when we get hot, we seek out cool air by turning on tha a/c. Dogs feel the heat also. But we sometimes forget to bring them inside ! Please, REMEMBER! THEY NEED THE COOL AIR TOO, AS WELL AS COOL WATER .
Jul 29, 2015 Milene Lima
Jul 28, 2015 Karen Helleberg
Jul 27, 2015 Paula Eaton
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2015 Shai Albright Please be mindful & NOT leave animals in cars alone; weather changes instantly & can kill your pets in less than 8 minutes. I will truthfully honor this pledge to never do harm to any animal. Sincerely
Jul 26, 2015 beth martinez
Jul 26, 2015 Michelle Shuster
Jul 26, 2015 Trish Sanford
Jul 26, 2015 Pamela Cadotte
Jul 26, 2015 kristen rice
Jul 26, 2015 Tom Warzeka
Jul 26, 2015 Cecilia Furnish
Jul 26, 2015 Angela Griffin
Jul 26, 2015 Jacqueline Newman
Jul 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2015 Tracey Saylor
Jul 26, 2015 KL Cole
Jul 26, 2015 Nancy Walsh
Jul 26, 2015 Maxine Narverud
Jul 26, 2015 Susan Szczygielski Please please do not leave any animal in a car even for just a minute or two.
Jul 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Keep our Fur Babies safe!!
Jul 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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