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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 24, 2014 Julie Cipale
Apr 24, 2014 Vanessa Marcano
Apr 23, 2014 Samantha McCabe
Apr 23, 2014 Julio Toro San Martin
Apr 23, 2014 Tim Allison
Apr 23, 2014 joyce muentes
Apr 23, 2014 fatima baalbaki
Apr 23, 2014 lisa gaj
Apr 22, 2014 D. Di Lucca
Apr 22, 2014 Meredith Erickson
Apr 22, 2014 Darlene Nichols
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 BECKY OWEN
Apr 22, 2014 Amy Chacon
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 Roxana Moreno
Apr 21, 2014 Peggy Collins
Apr 21, 2014 marga terstal
Apr 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 Christine Adamonis
Apr 21, 2014 Jennifer Severance
Apr 21, 2014 Autumn Webb
Apr 21, 2014 nurit dagan
Apr 21, 2014 Hosea McAdoo
Apr 21, 2014 julia freund
Apr 21, 2014 Sherry Bartz
Apr 21, 2014 julie villarreal
Apr 21, 2014 Sabrina Morgan Stop hurting animals
Apr 21, 2014 Tami Sturm
Apr 21, 2014 Chanel Brown
Apr 21, 2014 NIA KARRA
Apr 21, 2014 Laura Wefer
Apr 20, 2014 McKenna Kramer
Apr 20, 2014 Kelli Leech
Apr 20, 2014 SANDRA FERRI
Apr 19, 2014 Dawn Swinehart-Jones
Apr 19, 2014 Judi Johnson
Apr 19, 2014 Onica Sanders
Apr 19, 2014 Margaret Marcrum
Apr 18, 2014 Rebecca Zenzola
Apr 18, 2014 Lisa Drolet
Apr 18, 2014 debbie dunn
Apr 17, 2014 Julie Wines
Apr 17, 2014 Donna Jordan Do not leave animals in hot cars
Apr 17, 2014 Douglas Krueger
Apr 17, 2014 leanne mumford
Apr 16, 2014 Hilda Shaw
Apr 16, 2014 Laurie Siederman

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