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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

Aug 29, 2014 Kimberly D Hamel-Brown
Aug 29, 2014 Victor Wuthrich
Aug 29, 2014 Diana Beall It's shocking that people do this to their pets. And, I will act accordingly if I see an animal in a hot automobile just to save the animal.
Aug 29, 2014 Angelika Kempter
Aug 29, 2014 Victor da Cal
Aug 29, 2014 Terri Molnar
Aug 29, 2014 Melody Cavanaugh
Aug 29, 2014 Laus Jacques
Aug 29, 2014 marlene VAZQUEZ It is never okay to leave a pet in a vehicle unattended for any length of time for any reason!!!!!
Aug 29, 2014 Janie Duncan
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Kim Neff
Aug 28, 2014 rach mcnamara
Aug 27, 2014 edward dyer
Aug 27, 2014 pepper rundle
Aug 27, 2014 Cristel Major
Aug 27, 2014 Kimberly Miller
Aug 27, 2014 Renate Gärtner
Aug 27, 2014 Sharon Stolt
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 Cristiane Mendes
Aug 26, 2014 Shielah Blalock
Aug 26, 2014 Carmen Williams
Aug 26, 2014 Rachel Shaw
Aug 26, 2014 AMANDA LANE
Aug 26, 2014 Missy Kendrick
Aug 26, 2014 Siw Tikkanen Aldén
Aug 25, 2014 Jimmy Stein Dogs don't deserve to be treated with little care. Dogs are man's best friend and should be treated as such.
Aug 25, 2014 Debbie Waynick
Aug 25, 2014 Catherine Crofton
Aug 25, 2014 Debra Zamudio
Aug 25, 2014 Diane Harris
Aug 25, 2014 Laura Tester
Aug 25, 2014 julie wylie stop leaving your animals in the car on a hot day
Aug 25, 2014 Debbie Chapman
Aug 24, 2014 Tracy Ortiz
Aug 24, 2014 cynthia garza
Aug 24, 2014 Patricia Henson
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez Casal
Aug 24, 2014 Alyssa Hill
Aug 24, 2014 Staci Noel
Aug 24, 2014 Caroline Constantinou
Aug 23, 2014 Dawn Fugate I promise to inform anyone I know about the danger.
Aug 23, 2014 Angela CROSS We need to make more people aware of the danger of leaving their pets in cars period., not only on hot days. Pets are our family, we wouldn't treat our family that way, well some would, but then they should be charged with abuse...
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) THINK!
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Virginia Sui No living thing should be left in a hot car. Isn't this just common sense?
Aug 22, 2014 Crystal Hill
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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