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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

May 22, 2018 Sabrina Nichols
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Dorothy McKown
May 22, 2018 Amanda Cheek Bless these babies heart
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Crystal Nicely
May 22, 2018 Brenda Bauldwin I believe thatvwe should have the right to rescue children, and animals from smoldering hot vehicles without being reprimanded because it is the RIGHT thing to do. People should never ever leave there animals and children in hot vehicles.
May 22, 2018 Candy Wild
May 22, 2018 Alex Walker
May 22, 2018 Alicia DeBoe
May 22, 2018 Keisha Rutledge
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Olivia Donovan If we don’t help them then who will?
May 21, 2018 anu m s
May 21, 2018 Nydia Aragón
May 21, 2018 Pam Richards
May 21, 2018 Fabiola Suinones It’s elemental common sense and the right thing to do
May 21, 2018 Joni Field People who leave pets in hot cars, don't deserve to own pets.
May 21, 2018 VINCENT DAVIS
May 21, 2018 Johannafaye Gannon
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 Viola Perrin
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Erica Bruckner
May 21, 2018 Donald Ayon Cruel...
May 21, 2018 Julia French
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May 21, 2018 Barbara Abair-Gilmere
May 21, 2018 Jamie Smith
May 21, 2018 Raquel Quintanilla
May 21, 2018 Ingrid Czichomski
May 21, 2018 Joyce Appel
May 21, 2018 Maria Partsinevelos
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Michelle Rogers
May 21, 2018 Joyce Haines I can't stand for animals to be mistreated! They drprnd upon us to take care of them & give us unconditional love!!!
May 21, 2018 Gina McPharlin
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) This animal abuse also it should be against the law to leave any animal in a hot car, people get charged for murder if they leave a child in a hot car why shouldn't that same apply for animal they can't speak for themselves either. They deserve the same j
May 21, 2018 Lorie White
May 21, 2018 Barbara Fulmer
May 20, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 Stacy Hinkle Yes please rescue fur babies in hot cars
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Amanda Giardina
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Jennifer Zeliff
May 20, 2018 Linda Amershek
May 20, 2018 Anya Cehelsky

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