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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 13, 2014 Kenneth Tolchin
Jul 13, 2014 Ron Haines
Jul 13, 2014 Kristin Mssefield
Jul 12, 2014 Sheila Graham Don't make me Bust your window!
Jul 12, 2014 Maggie Johnston
Jul 12, 2014 Glova Viers
Jul 12, 2014 Louise Abbott
Jul 12, 2014 trent jurrians
Jul 12, 2014 k ulrich
Jul 12, 2014 Tiffany L
Jul 12, 2014 julie edghill
Jul 12, 2014 Diana Sweeting
Jul 12, 2014 Rosemary White
Jul 12, 2014 Sky Gianni
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 neh onumah
Jul 11, 2014 poppy Stewart
Jul 11, 2014 k d
Jul 11, 2014 Glynn Fletcher
Jul 11, 2014 Tammy Reyna
Jul 11, 2014 Shirin Ighani There are idiots out there! We need laws to prohibit pets in cars! And signs need to be placed at every shopping center and store saying "LEAVING YOUR PET or CHILD in the car will subject you jail and Fine over $15,000"
Jul 11, 2014 Maria R Furbelli
Jul 11, 2014 kathleen molinari
Jul 11, 2014 Helen Tanguis
Jul 11, 2014 gay murrisky Do the right thing!!
Jul 11, 2014 Yuliya Saunders
Jul 11, 2014 Kelly Tadlock
Jul 11, 2014 Doreen Knight
Jul 11, 2014 Alexis Stringfield
Jul 11, 2014 Gail Serra
Jul 11, 2014 Elizabeth Tarplin Think Do not leave your pets or your babies in a hot car
Jul 11, 2014 Teddy Hummel
Jul 11, 2014 Tammy Brady
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Lindsay Wellhoefer
Jul 11, 2014 Melissa Mercer
Jul 11, 2014 Barrie Lewins
Jul 11, 2014 Hilda Landaeta Please do not leave any pet in your car, even for just 5 minutes, they may die!
Jul 11, 2014 Danielle Casteleijn
Jul 11, 2014 Crystal Burrow
Jul 11, 2014 Miek Asselman Save the dogs who are in need!!!!
Jul 11, 2014 Aurora Hernandez
Jul 11, 2014 Paula Pritchard
Jul 11, 2014 Jennifer Bittenbender I dont understand how people can just leave their dogs in the car they are just like your baby, but people tens to leave them in the car too. At least leave your car running and put the air on, you have thumbs they don't.
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed) I'm always on the lookout for this & listening for barking dogs in cars.
Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Philippe Raymakers
Jul 9, 2014 Citlali Real
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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