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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 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Carol Mccahill
May 22, 2015 Beverly Terhune
May 22, 2015 Shellie Twork By now most of the public should know not to leave a animal in a car, but its true some don't care or just not intelligent to realize the danger. I will do my part and pray others will do the same. If you are not a RESPONSIBLE pet owner don't be one!!
May 22, 2015 Ann Braselton
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Arlene Marrinan
May 22, 2015 dawn kennedy Wise up people
May 22, 2015 jean barker
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Vicki Muhammad I know we want to have our pets with us on those short errands but leave them home in the comfort (coolness) and safety of your home. They'll love you for it🐾
May 22, 2015 Angel Orona
May 22, 2015 Letha Matt
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 nadia clayton
May 22, 2015 SHANNON KEMP
May 22, 2015 Anna Golebieski
May 22, 2015 Jacquie Salinas If I have to get out of the car, my dog stays home!
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Brittany Alexander Even if the place says no dogs Im sure they would allow it then for you to not leave your dog in a hot car... Think of them as your babies dont leave them in hot cars!!!
May 22, 2015 Beverly Horsfield
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Dilek Seren
May 22, 2015 Jackie Retell Please, do not be afraid to tell people not to leave them in cars and DO NOT WALK THE PUPS ON HOT CEMENT and BLACKTOP, that reaches "140 degrees". Try it without shoes.
May 22, 2015 cortney Sweitzer
May 22, 2015 Mary Beth Naughton I just saw a dog in a car with the windows open a crack. I pulled in the parking lot and went in the building looking for owner and she said she was going to be in there 5 minutes. I said it is very hot.
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.

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