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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

Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2014 Janet White
Nov 26, 2014 Emily Tenaglia
Nov 26, 2014 Kandy Chewning
Nov 26, 2014 ANA ALMIRON
Nov 26, 2014 Susan Shipanik
Nov 26, 2014 Evelina Kopcheva
Nov 26, 2014 William Leber
Nov 26, 2014 Robert Rogan
Nov 26, 2014 anna sch baffles me how this still occurs
Nov 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2014 Sonia Casey People who leave their canine is their car in summer days are just stupid and totally inconsiderated just cruel and ignorant
Nov 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 25, 2014 Carolyn Campbell
Nov 25, 2014 Amanisha Mead
Nov 24, 2014 Tanisha Braziel
Nov 24, 2014 Vicenza Harbert
Nov 24, 2014 Pamela Power
Nov 24, 2014 Sevda Karagedik
Nov 24, 2014 Vicky Kammer
Nov 24, 2014 Desiree Atkinson
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 23, 2014 Tara L
Nov 23, 2014 Eileen Kulp
Nov 23, 2014 Victor Nahmias Lets leave these people in a hot car for 2hours and let them see what it feels like!!Lets display their names for the world to see what these cruel people look like!!!
Nov 23, 2014 ellora springhall Help them
Nov 22, 2014 Jennifer King
Nov 22, 2014 Kimberly Cochrane
Nov 22, 2014 Barbara Dunham KEEP PETS OUT OF HOT CARS. MAKE IT A CRIME!!
Nov 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 Olivia Petty
Nov 22, 2014 Florencia Ferrero Motta
Nov 22, 2014 Jim Faulks
Nov 22, 2014 laura ornella
Nov 21, 2014 Valery Allison
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2014 ann verleysen
Nov 21, 2014 Denyse Mihalopoulos
Nov 21, 2014 Dorothy Rossi
Nov 21, 2014 joanne lockhart
Nov 21, 2014 Karen Krieger Horrible way for an anmal or a child to die, it happens far too frequently.
Nov 21, 2014 emilie schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 jigyasa bhatnagar
Nov 21, 2014 Igor Kozlov
Nov 21, 2014 Marjo Jongstra
Nov 20, 2014 andrea henry
Nov 20, 2014 Denise Mineart
Nov 20, 2014 Bobbie Jimenez
Nov 20, 2014 Katie Marbley Let's use common sense. If you wouldn't sit in a hot car why would you leave a dog or any living being in one to suffer.
Nov 20, 2014 Piero Masarati

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