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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

Feb 27, 2015 Karyn Pappel
Feb 27, 2015 kelly hamilton
Feb 27, 2015 MORTON Goldblum
Feb 26, 2015 Stacy Haynes
Feb 26, 2015 John Stevens
Feb 26, 2015 Laila Ignesti
Feb 26, 2015 Cheryl Ziegler
Feb 26, 2015 svetlana davidovic
Feb 26, 2015 shelly brown
Feb 25, 2015 nuvoletta Zanardi
Feb 25, 2015 Zina Attar
Feb 25, 2015 Patrick S
Feb 25, 2015 Sherry Nichols
Feb 25, 2015 Mary Naeger
Feb 25, 2015 Barbara Negron
Feb 25, 2015 Joan S.
Feb 25, 2015 Angelic Rubalcava
Feb 25, 2015 Susana Rodriguez
Feb 25, 2015 Nancy Rabette
Feb 25, 2015 Reynaldo Reyna
Feb 25, 2015 Robin Gregory
Feb 25, 2015 Norma Bigbee
Feb 25, 2015 Ian Bonner
Feb 25, 2015 Felicia Maisey
Feb 25, 2015 Lin Damo SHARE AND SHARE AGAIN. These irresponsible people need to be held accountable. I am always watching for this everywhere I go.
Feb 25, 2015 Alexis Beasley
Feb 24, 2015 Cristiana Janssen
Feb 23, 2015 Holly Sogla
Feb 23, 2015 Chloe walker
Feb 22, 2015 Betty Blackburn
Feb 22, 2015 Andries Grobbelaar
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Feb 22, 2015 carolyn mcewen
Feb 22, 2015 Gypsy Lardis
Feb 22, 2015 BOB VALLAS
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 Lisa Delabre
Feb 21, 2015 Louisa Leopard
Feb 21, 2015 Rose Marie
Feb 21, 2015 mariclela hewtty
Feb 21, 2015 Holly Fincher
Feb 21, 2015 Dawn Barratt
Feb 21, 2015 Pamela Weise
Feb 20, 2015 Glenys Rawdon
Feb 20, 2015 Carroll Towner
Feb 20, 2015 Pamela Unger
Feb 20, 2015 Kay Fung
Feb 20, 2015 Alice Neuman
Feb 20, 2015 Sue Hayward

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