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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

Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) poor dogs do not need to be left in a hot car
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Kim Chapman
Sep 20, 2014 nancy neal
Sep 20, 2014 Betty Schweitzer When you are in a hot vehicle you know how warm you feel....without a furcoat..!! imagine how the pet feels.
Sep 20, 2014 Elizabeth Wangman
Sep 20, 2014 LYNN GIBSON
Sep 20, 2014 roxana morariu
Sep 20, 2014 sonali sinha
Sep 20, 2014 Rose Eliseo Never leave your dogs in a hot vehicle
Sep 20, 2014 Gina Dessert
Sep 20, 2014 Kim Leahy
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Increase awareness of not leaving precious animals in a hot car!!!
Sep 20, 2014 Lorraine Ferari
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Melissa Snyder
Sep 20, 2014 jane Bannon Never ever leave your dog in a car they can fry in miniute's So DONT DO IT take your dog with you or let it stay at home safe DONT BE SO SELFISH .
Sep 20, 2014 Venkatesh Raja they are like kids. cant do this to them.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) I share this types of articles when ever I see them. Firm believer!
Sep 20, 2014 Gregg Hill
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Marilyn Talbert
Sep 20, 2014 joan scott they trust us to look after them so do so
Sep 20, 2014 Jessica Hough
Sep 20, 2014 karen Mullenhoff
Sep 20, 2014 seoyun kim Dogs and human are the same. Treat dogs like how you want others to treat you!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Dogs and human are the same!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 alejandra soliz
Sep 20, 2014 Lillian Mena Never leave your babies in a hot car!
Sep 20, 2014 Kathleen Newton
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Beth Chick Please people! If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for them. If it is too cold for you it might be too cold for them.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Tami Steinpress
Sep 20, 2014 Roya Massoudi
Sep 20, 2014 Paloma Chavez
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please also remember how hot the sidewalks and parking lots are in the summer during the day on doggie paws. If in doubt, take your shoes off and see how long you can stand it.
Sep 20, 2014 Arlene Stricker I have a sign in my left rear car window that says not to leave a dog in a hot car and if you see a dog left in a car to call 911.
Sep 20, 2014 Stacey Beck
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Judi Peters
Sep 20, 2014 Elaine Rutland-Smith Even better, leave them at home.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Keep our dogs safe
Sep 20, 2014 maren selboe
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) If you are not comfortable sitting in a hot (or cold) vehicle, then pets are not comfortable either.!!!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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