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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

Dec 20, 2014 Mia Valdez-Castillo
Dec 20, 2014 Gloria Straight
Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2014 ROCHE Mélanie
Dec 19, 2014 Tammy LeMaster
Dec 19, 2014 April Foxwell
Dec 19, 2014 Shannon Blair
Dec 19, 2014 julie helms
Dec 19, 2014 Marianne Rech
Dec 18, 2014 monica russo
Dec 18, 2014 celeste del vecchio
Dec 18, 2014 Linda Cave
Dec 18, 2014 Paschalia Keskinidou
Dec 17, 2014 shannon williams
Dec 17, 2014 Carmen Mora
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 sonia d
Dec 17, 2014 Mark Calise
Dec 17, 2014 Tori Greene
Dec 17, 2014 Cathy Wilmot
Dec 17, 2014 Marilyn Martin
Dec 17, 2014 Sarah Urban
Dec 16, 2014 teagan hill "We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and we have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralph Inge
Dec 16, 2014 Jagoda Bimkiewicz
Dec 16, 2014 MARCIA LONGO
Dec 16, 2014 Deanna Gentle
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) Care for dogs! They are your family! Do not leave them in hot cars alone!
Dec 15, 2014 chantel silvain
Dec 15, 2014 Evelyn Reynolds
Dec 15, 2014 mehak malhotra
Dec 14, 2014 frebet franca
Dec 14, 2014 Milada Ladiova
Dec 13, 2014 Jody Mahnken
Dec 13, 2014 Rajashri Patil
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 13, 2014 Caryn Hayden
Dec 12, 2014 anna helenes\
Dec 12, 2014 dawn pleasanton Why dont these idiots lock their selves in a hot car & cook what little brains they have left
Dec 12, 2014 Pilar Rivera
Dec 12, 2014 lizeth marquez
Dec 12, 2014 Dorothy Roberts
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2014 Vicki Huntley
Dec 11, 2014 Teresa Patterson
Dec 11, 2014 Nicoletta Spedalieri
Dec 11, 2014 rui pina
Dec 10, 2014 Darlene Khan
Dec 10, 2014 Rae Sawyer What happened to using one's common sense? being responsible, sensible, humane and empathetic? Of course leaving pets in hot cars on a hot day is unacceptable, inhumane, irresponsible and cruel as you are risking your pets life. STOP mistreating your pet.
Dec 10, 2014 Janie Ellis
Dec 10, 2014 Deborah Martin

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