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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


Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Beate Schoen
Oct 1, 2014 Maryann Tracy
Oct 1, 2014 may phelan
Oct 1, 2014 Larry Branson
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Dawn Weider
Oct 1, 2014 Stacey Eklund
Oct 1, 2014 Jennifer Howard
Oct 1, 2014 Lisa Bax
Oct 1, 2014 lilas giorgi
Oct 1, 2014 maria loureiro
Sep 30, 2014 Jaclyn Pensiero
Sep 30, 2014 sheryl key-moore
Sep 30, 2014 Carla Caston
Sep 30, 2014 Chris Switucha
Sep 30, 2014 Jessica Aguilar
Sep 30, 2014 Dona Doig
Sep 29, 2014 Penelope Harris
Sep 29, 2014 Annjeana Dashjian seems to happen too often
Sep 29, 2014 Beck Conlan
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Michele Keene
Sep 29, 2014 Jackie O'Meara
Sep 29, 2014 Julia Yadi
Sep 29, 2014 Linda Hedio
Sep 28, 2014 Suzanne Haley
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Allison Bryant
Sep 28, 2014 Alex Parris
Sep 28, 2014 Edith McKee
Sep 27, 2014 Colleen Carroll
Sep 27, 2014 julie kubica
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Florence Kleinfeld
Sep 27, 2014 Manuela Linares Dajani
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 26, 2014 Jana Davis
Sep 26, 2014 Genean Hey
Sep 26, 2014 Charlene Bugnacki
Sep 26, 2014 suzanne levi
Sep 26, 2014 andreas thiel
Sep 26, 2014 Chelsea Dailey
Sep 26, 2014 Jess Johnson
Sep 26, 2014 Gerald Peake
Sep 26, 2014 Sherry kupstas
Sep 26, 2014 Tanya Franks
Sep 25, 2014 Susan French Brandscheid
Sep 25, 2014 lori bradley Yes, I will gladly accept this pledge! Only a fool would leave a "family member" in a hot car! It disappoints me that humans have lost their common sense!

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