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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 24, 2014 theresa hebron
Jul 24, 2014 Jan Yoder
Jul 24, 2014 Elizabeth Kohen
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Keilah Jones
Jul 24, 2014 Jessica Carlun
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Baum
Jul 24, 2014 Lynn Wells
Jul 24, 2014 madeleine fausset
Jul 24, 2014 audna baier
Jul 24, 2014 April Gross
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) It is best to leave your pets at home where they can be relatively cool rather in a car in hot weather.
Jul 24, 2014 Shari Oki
Jul 24, 2014 Sandy Irish-Oien
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Ellyn Taylor
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Maureen Rowell
Jul 24, 2014 karen heatherly The only acceptable solution is, if your pet cannot accompany you inside the place you are going, do not take them. please please also do not "jog" with your dogs in the heat- remember they cannot take their coats off-leave them at home in the cool-please
Jul 24, 2014 Beverly Ulrich
Jul 24, 2014 Izabela Miller Help us save the animals from heat!
Jul 24, 2014 Mary Stratton Always know where your tire iron is so it can be used in extreme emergencies!
Jul 24, 2014 Tracy Houser
Jul 24, 2014 Debbie Cutchall There shouldn't even be a need for this type of petition, but as we all know, there is. Too many ignorant people in this world.
Jul 24, 2014 Emma Petoia
Jul 24, 2014 Hilde B
Jul 24, 2014 Sandra Bowerman
Jul 24, 2014 Lisa Brueckner Idiots..if a person would not want to be left in a hot car why would an moron leave a dog in a hot car? Dogs have fur coats on year round..
Jul 24, 2014 Sandy Park People who leave their dogs In hot cars should be handcuffed and left in a hot car! See how they like it
Jul 24, 2014 Linda Perrigoue
Jul 24, 2014 Duane Davis
Jul 24, 2014 Sherry Troutwie
Jul 24, 2014 Anne Eicholzer
Jul 24, 2014 liz leon
Jul 24, 2014 Ingrid Lezcano
Jul 24, 2014 Kathryn Dalenberg
Jul 24, 2014 gerardo arteaga
Jul 24, 2014 kathy tharp
Jul 24, 2014 Marcia Burland Would you want to be left in a hot car while someone else went in -"just for a minute"? Think about it.
Jul 24, 2014 Betsey Wingfield
Jul 24, 2014 Gen Herrling
Jul 24, 2014 W.Jean Breighner
Jul 24, 2014 elias shabot this is extremely important,save a life
Jul 24, 2014 Cindy Dellock Smash the window and call 911!
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Vincent No animal should ever be left in a car. I am a vet tech at a veterinary clinic, and no dog ever survived with a core temperature of 105 degrees.
Jul 24, 2014 Justine King
Jul 24, 2014 Lydia Lafferty
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please don't leave pets in cars at any time of the year.
Jul 24, 2014 Susan Spranger
Jul 24, 2014 Diane Simpson

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