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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

Sep 21, 2014 jodie thomas
Sep 21, 2014 Nish Naidoo If you leave your dog in the car for long periods you don't deserve a dog
Sep 21, 2014 Sandra Rodrigues Viñé
Sep 20, 2014 Scott Boolman
Sep 20, 2014 diana youssef
Sep 20, 2014 Melissa Mooneyham
Sep 20, 2014 Keith Bortolotti Think how would you like it if someone left you in the car with no way out.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Living in Florida, this is something I am always on the lookout for and I have seen too many times. I do not give the offender more than 5 minutes before I notify the authorities.
Sep 20, 2014 Ina Johnson
Sep 20, 2014 Kristi Bielewicz
Sep 20, 2014 Julia Todd Absolutely disgusting that anyone would do such a horrible thing, to such a defenseless animal.
Sep 20, 2014 Carolyn Johnson
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 June Procopio
Sep 20, 2014 Margot Gotoff
Sep 20, 2014 Lois Nordby Do not leave any child or PET unattended in a car ever-especially in a hot car
Sep 20, 2014 Marina Arvizu
Sep 20, 2014 Tamar Wakerling I will never leave my pooch in the car on a hot day!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 JUDITH PAYNE Never leave an animal in a hot car. I will do everything in my power to safe them.
Sep 20, 2014 Christal Wood
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) So sad people think dogs can survive in a hot car!
Sep 20, 2014 Gabby Echevarria
Sep 20, 2014 Beatriz Miranda Dogs are just like babies, if left inside of a car they cannot ask for help. They will die! They MUST be respected equally; they are living beings just like any of us.
Sep 20, 2014 Sue Ruthenberg Keep our doggies safe !
Sep 20, 2014 priscilla delong
Sep 20, 2014 Natalie Mook
Sep 20, 2014 Jean Abracinskas
Sep 20, 2014 Maria Santana
Sep 20, 2014 Judy Lopez I am their voice! You don't leave a child or baby in a hot car? Because it is wrong, and so it is when it comes dogs! Enough said!
Sep 20, 2014 Bambi Liggett
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Mattie Stafford
Sep 20, 2014 Susan pelt
Sep 20, 2014 Cindy Roush
Sep 20, 2014 Lizzy Williams
Sep 20, 2014 Jaime Richmond
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Noriza Arcia
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) because my dogs are family and I won't put the, in harms way! Apart from owning a decent portion of my secret sauce, called common sense!
Sep 20, 2014 Ines Franco
Sep 20, 2014 Irina Hristova
Sep 20, 2014 Dana Hamilton
Sep 20, 2014 Stephanie Kandris
Sep 20, 2014 calvin little
Sep 20, 2014 Becky Flowers
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)

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