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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

Sep 23, 2014 Tina Lock
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 LuAnn Will
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 samuel Goodwin-walton
Sep 22, 2014 Melody Gavina
Sep 22, 2014 Katherine Linebaugh
Sep 22, 2014 Alyssa Smith
Sep 22, 2014 Dalila Ouaï
Sep 22, 2014 Jane Morelli Johnson Cars heat up to 100+ degrees in seconds. Leave your beloved pet home.
Sep 22, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Sep 22, 2014 Vicky Murdach
Sep 22, 2014 Lisa Granato
Sep 22, 2014 Denise Brandau If you love your pets which you should NEVER leave them in a car that gets hot!
Sep 22, 2014 Pamela McGinnis
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Sue Dugas
Sep 22, 2014 Hannelie Bosch
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Valeria Otazu
Sep 21, 2014 Fran Richardson
Sep 21, 2014 Cecilia Griffin I recently called the police because someone left their dog in the car.
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Ellysian Paredes
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Brandi Hatley I have called the police before and will do it again!! I will break open a window! If you don't want that to happen, don't leave your animals trapped in a hot car! They should make this a LAW EVERYWHERE and a FELONY!!!
Sep 21, 2014 Jennifer Carney If you can't take your dogs in with you leave them home...not in the car
Sep 21, 2014 Carol Lake
Sep 21, 2014 Luz Amaya Save our pets
Sep 21, 2014 jan frith
Sep 21, 2014 Linda Pluto
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Liz Irwin Please make this a law in Delaware also! And all states
Sep 21, 2014 Mary Ellen Fleschner
Sep 21, 2014 Sharon Stephens NEVER leave your dog and or dogs in a HOT CAR!
Sep 21, 2014 paula tyda
Sep 21, 2014 Kathleen Malone
Sep 21, 2014 Dana Benz Amen!
Sep 21, 2014 Karen Bruce
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Sonia Monvoisin
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Diane Stern
Sep 21, 2014 karen anderson don't leave your dog in the car, leave your dog at home
Sep 21, 2014 Blanca Bonilla
Sep 21, 2014 Ally Anderson
Sep 21, 2014 Peta Fa'aati
Sep 21, 2014 jodie thomas

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