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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

Jul 29, 2014 Vicki Lawrence
Jul 29, 2014 laurence krasker
Jul 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 29, 2014 Joan Rightnour
Jul 29, 2014 Mishalle Roza
Jul 29, 2014 Karen Oas Hard to believe people can be so dumb...but they leave their kids in the car too! Take their pets and kids away from them!
Jul 29, 2014 Carol Oppenheimer We all need to be alert and involved to keep all pets safe. If you love them leave them at home.
Jul 29, 2014 Susan Mariner
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 KAREN E. GLASS
Jul 29, 2014 Patricia Donohue The true test of our humanity is how we treat those with less ability to do for themselves
Jul 29, 2014 barbara lawwill Just like our human babies, dogs should not be left alone in a car on a hot day.
Jul 29, 2014 Stella Stephens
Jul 29, 2014 Michael H. Menna
Jul 29, 2014 Bo Rutjes
Jul 28, 2014 Irene Patmore I agree with all the pledge states.
Jul 28, 2014 Patricia Rohan Have common sense! Don't leave your pet in a car this summer, even if your car is in the shade with the window open! It's still too HOT!!!
Jul 28, 2014 SHARON E Bradley What a horrible death this would be. That's why people who love their pets should leave them at home in the summer. There is no safe car in high temperatures of Summer, so please leave them at home. If I see one I will attempt to rescue it always.
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Leckliter
Jul 28, 2014 Jo Colombo
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Kelly Cornell
Jul 28, 2014 Rhonda Mayne
Jul 28, 2014 erin l
Jul 28, 2014 Christine Burk
Jul 28, 2014 Genie Lowe
Jul 28, 2014 Susan Day Leave your pets at home in a safe, cool environment. Minutes matter for this is a life or death situation.
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Wenning
Jul 28, 2014 sharon lopez
Jul 28, 2014 Kathy Davanzo Be responsible, love every pet being killed by a hot car!
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 Trish Haerr Promote people to stay until the crime has been stopped and the animal released from the hot car.
Jul 28, 2014 sharon lloyd
Jul 28, 2014 Heather Bailey I like dogs more than people. Seriously!
Jul 28, 2014 Carol Vincent
Jul 28, 2014 Jeanne Lemieux
Jul 28, 2014 Patty Reich be responsible pet owners!!! Would YOU like being in a 120 degree car?
Jul 28, 2014 Marie Busby I have turned in 3 people for this. One of them could have stayed with the dog. Not like they were going into a club.
Jul 28, 2014 Tom Luc
Jul 28, 2014 Karen Kennedy
Jul 28, 2014 Brenda Eckberg
Jul 28, 2014 sharon karp
Jul 28, 2014 Tanya Gresham Please NEVER leave you pets in a hot car, ever! Even though they love to ride along, remember it's much more humane to leave them home, cool & safe, then allowing them to die a horrible slow death in a hot deathtrap. Please, NEVER leave them in a hot car.
Jul 28, 2014 June Beiter Protect our pets as they are our family too.
Jul 28, 2014 Brenda Cox
Jul 28, 2014 g young
Jul 28, 2014 Vicki Perizzolo Absolutely! I keep a crowbar handy too...no animal will die that way on my watch!
Jul 28, 2014 Janell Tilley
Jul 28, 2014 George Murdock

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