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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

Jan 30, 2015 Gina Gagen
Jan 30, 2015 Kath Heg
Jan 30, 2015 Debra Schoonmaker
Jan 29, 2015 Jess Vollaro
Jan 29, 2015 Ashley Drape
Jan 29, 2015 Sheri Hawkins
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Crowder
Jan 29, 2015 Sherri Johns
Jan 29, 2015 Luz Vicky
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Sanders
Jan 29, 2015 Sonya Nel
Jan 28, 2015 Elizabeth O'Connor
Jan 28, 2015 Deidra Smith
Jan 28, 2015 sherry Compton I call the police! To bad that people aren't bright enough to know better!!! Wise Up!!!!
Jan 28, 2015 Matthew Lajcak
Jan 28, 2015 Kelsey Kennedy
Jan 28, 2015 Mrs Marty Mathieson
Jan 28, 2015 Elisa Filoni
Jan 28, 2015 Denise Fitzpatrick
Jan 28, 2015 Arienne de Vassal
Jan 28, 2015 Richard Engle
Jan 28, 2015 floyd powell
Jan 28, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Jan 28, 2015 Jodie Zupancic
Jan 28, 2015 Linda Elgin
Jan 28, 2015 cynmae hester
Jan 28, 2015 Charlene Moody
Jan 28, 2015 Inmaculada Lucas
Jan 27, 2015 Susan Bennett
Jan 26, 2015 marie-anna ultsch
Jan 26, 2015 CARMEN FEITO
Jan 26, 2015 Linda Bachmanek
Jan 26, 2015 ivana carrozzi
Jan 25, 2015 Barbara Gladfelter
Jan 25, 2015 Janina Grage
Jan 25, 2015 Rebecca Broom
Jan 25, 2015 diane mulhern
Jan 25, 2015 steven su
Jan 25, 2015 MaryAnn Almeida
Jan 24, 2015 Sebastian Rodriguez
Jan 24, 2015 Ronald Bach
Jan 23, 2015 EUGENIA MIXON
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2015 Debby Cobb
Jan 23, 2015 Jennifer Lapp
Jan 23, 2015 juan francisco castro
Jan 23, 2015 debbie mason
Jan 22, 2015 michelle tocci
Jan 22, 2015 Maria Albert

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