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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

Jun 30, 2015 AURORE Talloen
Jun 30, 2015 sarah wood
Jun 30, 2015 Casandra McCants
Jun 30, 2015 Laura Daniels
Jun 30, 2015 Corinne Ogren-Engeli
Jun 30, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jun 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 Sherry Bryant
Jun 28, 2015 Carolann Hynes
Jun 28, 2015 Julia Zimansky
Jun 28, 2015 Janet Lindsey
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 allison turner
Jun 28, 2015 Mary Goodale I have 7 dogs from rescue. I wish I could take them with me everywhere. But, I would never leave them in a car.Once to visit my mom in the hospital, I left the A/c on & left my dog in the car. With another set of keys , I locked the door.
Jun 28, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 28, 2015 Lola Schiefelbein
Jun 27, 2015 Kristy Lindberg
Jun 27, 2015 Karen Mott
Jun 27, 2015 Christine Dempsey
Jun 27, 2015 Patti Palmer
Jun 27, 2015 Linda Astleford Do not leave your dogs in a hot car during the summer.
Jun 27, 2015 Caroline Robison
Jun 27, 2015 Tedd Moore
Jun 27, 2015 Paul Hatarik
Jun 27, 2015 Ingela Andersson
Jun 26, 2015 Surrault Muriel
Jun 26, 2015 Barbara Girasuolo
Jun 26, 2015 amanda nelson
Jun 26, 2015 Cathy Pascucci
Jun 26, 2015 Leslie Speedy
Jun 26, 2015 Kim Singer
Jun 26, 2015 Amanda Belles
Jun 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 25, 2015 Marcia Hayduke
Jun 25, 2015 Ernica Stanford
Jun 24, 2015 Judith Rasor
Jun 24, 2015 Trina Snow
Jun 24, 2015 Tanja Lyresäter
Jun 24, 2015 Lim Bee
Jun 24, 2015 Janice Pitelka Please people. You know how hot your car is when you open the locked door, even after just a short time. Do you think your pets don't feel and aren't affected in the same way you are? They don't need to go shopping with you. Leave them home!
Jun 24, 2015 Alexandra Sorensen
Jun 24, 2015 Lisa Pitelka
Jun 24, 2015 Kaci Kretchmar
Jun 24, 2015 Sam Dimes
Jun 24, 2015 Lori Anderson There is no excuse for this!
Jun 24, 2015 Joan Welte
Jun 24, 2015 Elissa Mericle-Gray
Jun 24, 2015 melanie appleby
Jun 24, 2015 Lynne Malone

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