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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


May 22, 2015 Billie Clark If it is to hot for you...it is to hot for your pet.
May 22, 2015 Bea Dayao
May 22, 2015 Mara Rennie
May 22, 2015 Alaina Moore Don't leave your dog in the car people!
May 22, 2015 virginia millette
May 22, 2015 Barb Edmunds
May 22, 2015 mellissa hagal
May 22, 2015 robyn mizrachi
May 22, 2015 Julia Helm
May 22, 2015 Tanya Eggleston
May 22, 2015 Laurie Schwartz Please do not leave your dog alone in a hot car! It's cruel and they can die from this.
May 22, 2015 pam knackmuhs Should be a law and punishment like on a child
May 22, 2015 Ann Reilly
May 22, 2015 Bonnie Smith
May 22, 2015 Danielle Wheeler My dog is my best friend, I would never harm her in any way. I wish that everyone who chose to have a dog in their life felt the same way! The world would be a much better place.
May 22, 2015 Sasha Arnall
May 22, 2015 maryann swanbeck
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Tracy Miranda
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Lisa Watson
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) This is such an important issue. And I am always on the lookout for animals left alone in vehicles. And I feel everyone should do there part.
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 kimberley youngblood
May 22, 2015 Leslie McDaniel I have taken action before and I WILL do it again!!!
May 22, 2015 NICOLE CROUCH
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) Lets spread the awareness for the sake of dogs.
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Nina Appadurai
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) Very knowledgeable information!
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Always sharing posts regarding pets in hot cars... save your best buddy.
May 21, 2015 Debbie Surace Let's keep our babies safe
May 21, 2015 gloria costilla
May 21, 2015 vivian cobb
May 21, 2015 Kathryn Manly
May 21, 2015 lorna partridge Stop this happening
May 21, 2015 MARTA TENNANT
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) I would never forget that it's cruel
May 21, 2015 Munia Sircar
May 21, 2015 Christina Sanford
May 21, 2015 Susan Maybroda
May 21, 2015 Maryann Jantes
May 21, 2015 Glenda Middleton
May 21, 2015 Alison Quintal I always walk my baby in the morning and when its cool in the evenings also take a bottle of water for both of us and a collapsible bowl for him, I never leave home without water. I hate seeing people who walk their dog when the sun is at its hottest.
May 21, 2015 Doreen Schein
May 21, 2015 Susan Duplantis I never leave my dog in a hot car or out in cold weather. Taffy is a family member.
May 21, 2015 erin pryor
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 Darlene Carter

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