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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

Jul 28, 2014 naurlene canterman tragedy must be prevented
Jul 27, 2014 Jo. Unrau We never leave Bailey alone in the car in the summer or when it's real cold. No one who loves their fur baby would. We take turns with him so he's never alone.
Jul 27, 2014 Mary Duncan
Jul 27, 2014 rebecca koo
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) Keep up the good work!
Jul 27, 2014 Carol Blanchard
Jul 27, 2014 kelly culm I want to help animals
Jul 27, 2014 Trish Walker Already broke into a car to rescue an obviously distressed animal. Keep you dogs and cats and any other animal at home !
Jul 27, 2014 Dixie Webb Leave your animals at home! It's that simple!
Jul 27, 2014 Federico Barbera
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is our moral duty. There is absolutely no excuse for not knowing a hot car can kill an animal in a matter of minutes. Leave your pets/animals at home in the summer-no matter HOW much they love car rides!!
Jul 27, 2014 Lisa Bell
Jul 27, 2014 Carolyn Farley
Jul 27, 2014 Claudine Sheppard Animals or children are God's precious gifts. They must be protected at all costs!
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Cathy Nisbet I will do anything in my power to rescue any animal that I see in a parked car!
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) Nothing equals the uncaring attitude and ignorance of people who leave their pets in the car. The law has to make them suffer consequences for their criminal behavior. If you see a pet in a hot car. Call 911 immediately and stay there until they come.
Jul 27, 2014 Brenda Denson Don't leave dogs (or ANY pet) in your car!!
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Lavenna White
Jul 27, 2014 MaryJo Merritt
Jul 27, 2014 Candy Pakebusch There are no words to describe the STUPIDITY of pet owners who do this! If I had to, I would break the window and suffer the consequences later! I think the owners need to be treated the same way!!!!!
Jul 27, 2014 Nancy Caranica
Jul 27, 2014 LaVern Dean
Jul 27, 2014 Lynne Freels
Jul 27, 2014 vince benningfield
Jul 27, 2014 Judith Mayhw
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Barbara Paschall If you have ever gotten into a car after leaving it in the sun for a few minutes then you should know how hot they become in just a very few minutes. If its hot to you its too hot for them!!! Think People!!!
Jul 27, 2014 Natasha Schloss
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 shirley scirone
Jul 27, 2014 Mary Christophersen.
Jul 27, 2014 Ione French
Jul 27, 2014 Gloria Gilley I am very concern in this matter;they have no voice or thumbs to roll down the window and get out, but so many die . I can't imagine the pain of that feeling .
Jul 27, 2014 Raymond hughes
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Virginia DiLorenzo
Jul 27, 2014 Kathleen Wentworth
Jul 27, 2014 Kathleen Garrity
Jul 27, 2014 Grace Bonacorsi .
Jul 27, 2014 Martina Meunier
Jul 27, 2014 gwen Leach
Jul 27, 2014 terri marinkovski
Jul 27, 2014 Ingrid Bird
Jul 27, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Jul 26, 2014 Rebecca Taylor
Jul 26, 2014 Jenna Pleasants They're our best friends and deserved to be protected from harm!
Jul 26, 2014 Maureen OLoughlin This should never be allowed to happen. All stores should have to post signs citing the dangers of leaving a pet in the car!

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