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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

Apr 19, 2015 Tina White
Apr 19, 2015 jane edsall
Apr 19, 2015 Gloria H.
Apr 18, 2015 Susan Madden
Apr 18, 2015 covi lopez
Apr 18, 2015 Barbara Pullaro
Apr 18, 2015 Minerva Mollica
Apr 18, 2015 Marek Gorecki
Apr 18, 2015 Johanna Kristin Sigurz
Apr 17, 2015 Shannon Erickson
Apr 17, 2015 Carol McDonald
Apr 17, 2015 marcia ditieri leaving any pet in a hot car is the same as leaving your child there,
Apr 17, 2015 Tiffany Terry
Apr 17, 2015 Tammy Williams
Apr 17, 2015 Karen Hughes
Apr 17, 2015 Mishelle Johnson
Apr 17, 2015 Brenda Johnson
Apr 17, 2015 sas s
Apr 17, 2015 T Morrison
Apr 17, 2015 Desiree Chambers
Apr 17, 2015 Russell Phillips
Apr 17, 2015 Andrea Coumarian
Apr 16, 2015 Detelina Guecheva
Apr 16, 2015 Peggy Dean Every day. No matter what. 💗
Apr 16, 2015 Vasilqi Kume
Apr 15, 2015 jaimie tee
Apr 15, 2015 miriam salazar
Apr 15, 2015 Susan Wotton
Apr 15, 2015 Eliska Collard
Apr 15, 2015 Julia Asboth
Apr 15, 2015 Rocco Viola
Apr 14, 2015 ️Judy Mercado
Apr 13, 2015 Charlene Bezzina
Apr 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2015 maday torres please be aware , don't leave dogs in the car .
Apr 13, 2015 Jonathan Gaarlandt
Apr 13, 2015 Henry Kowalski
Apr 13, 2015 Henry Kowalski
Apr 13, 2015 Jodi white
Apr 13, 2015 Kris Dotson
Apr 13, 2015 (Name not displayed) Ignorance is not always bliss.
Apr 13, 2015 Brenda Foran It is wrong and dangerous to leave a dog or any animal in a parked car.
Apr 12, 2015 Alexandrescu Ionelia
Apr 12, 2015 Gilberte COMTE
Apr 12, 2015 Forrest Reinke Any of you scumbags who lock their dogs in hot had better hope that I don't catch you doing it because I won't call the police, I will administer my own justice.
Apr 11, 2015 Roxanne Dinkines
Apr 10, 2015 Susan Valentine
Apr 10, 2015 Jala Farquhar
Apr 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2015 Gail Jackson

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