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Goal: 40,000 Progress: 35,362
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

As summer temperatures rise, so do the number of beloved pets lost to vehicular heat stroke. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), that number reaches the hundreds every year.

This isn't surprising considering that even on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to almost 100º F in just 20 minutes — less time than it takes for a grocery store run. That's dangerously hot by any standard, but especially for dogs, who lack the sweat glands we humans have to regulate body temperature.

Most tragically, nearly all of these incidents happen by accident due to simple misjudgments of time or weather.

But recent "Right to Rescue" laws in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio are creating a safety net. In these states, concerned bystanders can now forcefully break into locked vehicles to free trapped dogs (and kids) without facing civil liability. We think it's high time the rest of the country followed suit!

You can't put a price on a precious life, and no one should hesitate to save one for fear of being sued. Sign below to urge the USDA to give us the right to rescue endangered pets!

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Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Care,

As concerned pet parents, we are horrified to see continued reports of innocent pet deaths due to vehicular heat stroke. Not only are these tragic deaths completely avoidable, they're also largely inadvertent, results of owners' simple misjudgment of time or temperature.

Recent "Right to Rescue" laws in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio give good Samaritans the right to forcefully free trapped dogs (and kids) from parked cars without facing civil liability, and we want to see this privilege extended nationally.

We propose an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act whereby concerned bystanders can break into enclosed vehicles to free trapped pets without the risk of financial liability.

No one wants to see innocent pets die, and no one should hesitate to save one for fear of being sued. We urge you to take action on this issue now, before even more innocent lives are lost.


Petition Signatures

Dec 14, 2017 Cassandra Thompson
Dec 14, 2017 Sandra Meadows
Dec 14, 2017 Tanumia Faletoi
Dec 14, 2017 arlene feldbauer
Dec 14, 2017 Jennifer Labbe
Dec 14, 2017 heather kercher
Dec 14, 2017 linda kurth
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2017 Melissa VanDerveer
Dec 14, 2017 Joy Sichveland
Dec 14, 2017 Pamela Barnett
Dec 14, 2017 Brandy Ketterman
Dec 14, 2017 Brenda Medina
Dec 14, 2017 Eva Foy
Dec 14, 2017 c rupani
Dec 14, 2017 Lisa Gowens Even in fear I will still do it
Dec 14, 2017 Renee BakerIt's the right It's the right and kind thing to do.
Dec 14, 2017 Laura Peduzzi I’m all for it.... bust the window in a heartbeat!!
Dec 14, 2017 Darlene Whirley Animals deserve a good happy life from stupid humans
Dec 14, 2017 jodine burback
Dec 14, 2017 Georgina Raulerson
Dec 14, 2017 Robin Pelton
Dec 14, 2017 Mary Di Dominos
Dec 14, 2017 Joe Baglierit
Dec 14, 2017 Kelly Guidone
Dec 14, 2017 Gloria Gomez
Dec 14, 2017 Magali Padilla
Dec 14, 2017 Christine Rosen
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2017 S.Jessica Kolbe
Dec 14, 2017 Susan Clark
Dec 14, 2017 Paula Gould This should be the law in all 50 states.
Dec 14, 2017 Margo Lod Lodge
Dec 14, 2017 Elizabeth Baldwin *=
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2017 Sheila orsi
Dec 14, 2017 Wescela Dennis No animal must be left inside a car no matter what weather is, let’s pass this petition so we can save them.
Dec 14, 2017 Alysia Smith
Dec 14, 2017 Jean Smith
Dec 14, 2017 Brandi Ramirez
Dec 14, 2017 Laura Rodriguez
Dec 14, 2017 Amanda Fellers
Dec 14, 2017 Rachele Dawn
Dec 14, 2017 Ana Garcia
Dec 14, 2017 Tansy Furlong English
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2017 Jena Warriner
Dec 14, 2017 Carrie Burri
Dec 14, 2017 Yvonne McGuire They definitely should be removed they should charge the owner with hefty fines

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