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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

Apr 17, 2014 Douglas Krueger
Apr 17, 2014 leanne mumford
Apr 16, 2014 Hilda Shaw
Apr 16, 2014 Laurie Siederman
Apr 16, 2014 B. Szablowska
Apr 16, 2014 Joanne M
Apr 16, 2014 Kathryn LeMosy
Apr 16, 2014 Karen Majkich
Apr 16, 2014 A.S. Varkevisser
Apr 16, 2014 Christine Burkman
Apr 16, 2014 Amy Flicek
Apr 16, 2014 Lisa Brousseau
Apr 16, 2014 Christine Pritchard
Apr 16, 2014 Johanna de Bruin
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2014 jay jennings
Apr 15, 2014 vee boz
Apr 15, 2014 kay valenti
Apr 15, 2014 e bozulich
Apr 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2014 Sergio Fernandes
Apr 15, 2014 Charlene Priscott
Apr 15, 2014 Virginia Cook I've had to call the police on more than one occasion when a dog was left in the car on a hot day, and I will continue to that if I cannot locate the owner and warn them.
Apr 14, 2014 Maria Bon
Apr 14, 2014 Leslie Gorby I rescues a lot of dogs.. and find good homes for them.. I have even shut down 2 puppy mills.. I have 3 chi's that I've rescued, and have 16 cats that are drop offs.. there not mine.. but I do make sure there feed and watered every day, Love animals <3
Apr 14, 2014 Katie Martin
Apr 14, 2014 john scannapieco I see people do this often during the summer months and I don,t like it
Apr 14, 2014 LESLIE MCGILL
Apr 14, 2014 Erin McGlauflin
Apr 14, 2014 Joanne Jorgensen Never leave a dog or a child in a hot, or even warm, car. Keep them cool and safe.
Apr 14, 2014 lisa vertone
Apr 14, 2014 Toniann Minafo
Apr 14, 2014 Amanda Howlett
Apr 14, 2014 sherry glazer I have been watching and take action when I see a pet left in a hot car!
Apr 14, 2014 Karen Dougherty
Apr 14, 2014 Janice Dion No animal should ever feel abused.
Apr 14, 2014 Pamela Schaming
Apr 14, 2014 marcia gibson
Apr 14, 2014 Mary Perry
Apr 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2014 KIM COLBERT So many times I have seen this happen, I usually go into the store and have the person paged and I escort them to their car, if they don't answer the page I call the police, it just makes me so angry..Another reason I like animals more than people
Apr 14, 2014 Leanne Logan
Apr 14, 2014 Josette MIchael Please dont leave dogs or kids in a car..if you cant take them in with you... LEAVE THEM HOME
Apr 14, 2014 Heather Brownlee I always report to the store customer service to call 911 immediately if I see an animal left in an unattended car.
Apr 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please save and help by passing this on!
Apr 14, 2014 marion Daniel
Apr 14, 2014 rachel christian
Apr 14, 2014 Deborah Thomas Please protect animals from dying a horrible death in an over-heated car. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior on the part of the owner. Please help prevent this from happening!!
Apr 14, 2014 Ramona Jones

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