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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 16, 2014 Jennifer Gaffney
Sep 16, 2014 R Lefevre
Sep 16, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 16, 2014 Bonnie Dimichele
Sep 16, 2014 Yvette Dominguez
Sep 16, 2014 Christy Yachinski
Sep 16, 2014 Katherine Brooks MD I cannot believe how stupid ppl are? A physician left his 4 spanish cavaliers dogs in his SUV w/o water, windows rolled up, doors locked, for 3hrs while he did his patient rounds? All of the dogs died, and he actually thought they were sleeping?
Sep 15, 2014 Sharon Livingston And stop people from riding around with their animals in the back of a truck without a leash on....
Sep 15, 2014 Jim Aldrich
Sep 15, 2014 Kimberly allen
Sep 15, 2014 Roneshia Moore
Sep 14, 2014 Kathryn Johanessen
Sep 14, 2014 tamalee robinson
Sep 13, 2014 Francoise Oriou
Sep 13, 2014 mieke wilms
Sep 13, 2014 Renee Grannis
Sep 13, 2014 PATRICIA SIMON
Sep 13, 2014 Jill Esposito
Sep 13, 2014 Maryann Wheeler
Sep 12, 2014 Denise Payne
Sep 12, 2014 Sharon Stewart
Sep 12, 2014 Christa Izzi
Sep 12, 2014 Nicole Santiago-Passi
Sep 12, 2014 Mark Chelton
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 Jenny Leffler
Sep 12, 2014 Michelle Duffy
Sep 12, 2014 Jodi Egan People who have pets need to be responsible. No one deserves to die from being trapped in a hot car. Strict laws need to be made.
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 Anthony Foley
Sep 12, 2014 Dale Proulx
Sep 12, 2014 laurie rhoads God did not intend for His creations to be treated like this and it needs to stop NOW
Sep 12, 2014 jaya bhattacharya
Sep 12, 2014 Maru Kramer
Sep 12, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Sep 12, 2014 Pam Westgate
Sep 12, 2014 Kirsten Stohner
Sep 11, 2014 Michele Briley
Sep 11, 2014 linda ford
Sep 11, 2014 chaz berlusconi
Sep 10, 2014 Robin Kassing
Sep 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 SANDRA VITO
Sep 10, 2014 Leslie Yergeau
Sep 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2014 melanie van groningen
Sep 9, 2014 naydu montealegre
Sep 9, 2014 AKIKO SAKAGUCHI
Sep 9, 2014 Nicole Feran
Sep 9, 2014 Christie Backus

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