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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

Jul 3, 2015 carol spaulding
Jul 3, 2015 Sandra Ingelse
Jul 3, 2015 Lynn Hancock
Jul 3, 2015 Suzie Ford This one really makes me mad! How stupid are ppl?
Jul 3, 2015 Susan Brand
Jul 3, 2015 Melissa McCage
Jul 3, 2015 Kristi Martin
Jul 3, 2015 Malin Lunde
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2015 Linda MacKenzie
Jul 3, 2015 marian selim
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2015 Gabby Schelthoff We need to leave dogs at home on hot days!(Or at least have water in the car).
Jul 2, 2015 Mercedes D
Jul 1, 2015 RAVEN LUJAN
Jul 1, 2015 JOHNNY LUJAN
Jul 1, 2015 RO NIEVERAS
Jul 1, 2015 ROWENA LUJAN
Jul 1, 2015 Gabriele Hänseler
Jun 30, 2015 AURORE Talloen
Jun 30, 2015 sarah wood
Jun 30, 2015 Casandra McCants
Jun 30, 2015 Laura Daniels
Jun 30, 2015 Corinne Ogren-Engeli
Jun 30, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jun 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 Sherry Bryant
Jun 28, 2015 Carolann Hynes
Jun 28, 2015 Julia Zimansky
Jun 28, 2015 Janet Lindsey
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 allison turner
Jun 28, 2015 Mary Goodale I have 7 dogs from rescue. I wish I could take them with me everywhere. But, I would never leave them in a car.Once to visit my mom in the hospital, I left the A/c on & left my dog in the car. With another set of keys , I locked the door.
Jun 28, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 28, 2015 Lola Schiefelbein
Jun 27, 2015 Kristy Lindberg
Jun 27, 2015 Karen Mott
Jun 27, 2015 Christine Dempsey
Jun 27, 2015 Patti Palmer
Jun 27, 2015 Linda Astleford Do not leave your dogs in a hot car during the summer.
Jun 27, 2015 Caroline Robison
Jun 27, 2015 Tedd Moore
Jun 27, 2015 Paul Hatarik
Jun 27, 2015 Ingela Andersson
Jun 26, 2015 Surrault Muriel
Jun 26, 2015 Barbara Girasuolo
Jun 26, 2015 amanda nelson
Jun 26, 2015 Cathy Pascucci
Jun 26, 2015 Leslie Speedy
Jun 26, 2015 Kim Singer

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