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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

Oct 4, 2015 Waleska Maldonado
Oct 4, 2015 Lila Cahue
Oct 3, 2015 Bree Tait Please make it law not to leave a dog in a car especially on hot or freezing days they can die!
Oct 3, 2015 ana trillo
Oct 3, 2015 Mandy MacLeod
Oct 2, 2015 Christian Schelthoff
Oct 2, 2015 Virginia Cassidy
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Cassandra Marentette
Oct 2, 2015 Valerie Philebaum-Smith
Oct 2, 2015 fran oakes
Oct 2, 2015 Kat Kavanagh
Oct 2, 2015 Martha Jaquith
Oct 2, 2015 bonnie liakas
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) Common sense folks...never leave your fur-babies in a hot car. People are STILL so stupid and ignorant.
Oct 1, 2015 Kaitland Smith
Oct 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2015 Cindy Miller
Oct 1, 2015 Maria Mason It is still shocking as to how many idiots still leave their dogs in cars. All states should not only pass laws which make it illegal, but prosecute those who do, with huge fines!
Oct 1, 2015 Lesley Woods
Sep 30, 2015 Rebecca Rodriguez
Sep 30, 2015 Judith Barry
Sep 29, 2015 Corie Walters I make this pledge to any animal I see locked in a hot car. This practice must be stopped now to ensure dogs don't die slow and horrible deaths locked away in boiling hot cars!
Sep 29, 2015 alexia papadogiannaki
Sep 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2015 Leila Mojab
Sep 28, 2015 izzy presley
Sep 28, 2015 Meredith Rivera
Sep 28, 2015 Denise Brantley
Sep 28, 2015 Melissa CD Its ABOUT TIME!!
Sep 28, 2015 martina lala
Sep 28, 2015 Jennifer Gorman
Sep 28, 2015 brailey lafferty
Sep 28, 2015 Gabriel Corza
Sep 28, 2015 melody O'Connor
Sep 28, 2015 isabel sleiman
Sep 28, 2015 Carmela Mazzariello
Sep 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2015 Cathy Barnes
Sep 27, 2015 Becky Isaac
Sep 27, 2015 Lorraine Regan
Sep 26, 2015 Arlene Longson
Sep 26, 2015 rose henry
Sep 26, 2015 Ana Fontan
Sep 26, 2015 mika galagger
Sep 26, 2015 Dale Gardner
Sep 26, 2015 Kristine Hilbert
Sep 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2015 Kim Moreno
Sep 26, 2015 Samanta Aizcorbe

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