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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

Sep 20, 2017 Betty Anderson
Sep 20, 2017 Stephany Adams
Sep 20, 2017 Laura and Bill Congdon
Sep 20, 2017 Shai Lemke I want the right to rescue
Sep 20, 2017 STACEY Thomas
Sep 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is a life or death decision
Sep 20, 2017 tara Philhower
Sep 20, 2017 Lisa Dooley No pet or child should be left in a hot car
Sep 20, 2017 Linda Henningsen
Sep 20, 2017 Suzanne Blaisdell
Sep 20, 2017 Terry Foust
Sep 20, 2017 Dot Manieri
Sep 20, 2017 Diane Carozza
Sep 20, 2017 Emily Divelbess
Sep 20, 2017 Amy Thielman
Sep 19, 2017 Delonda Belanger
Sep 19, 2017 Dulce Valdez
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2017 Desiree Guynn
Sep 19, 2017 Brenda Psaras
Sep 19, 2017 Marguie Mcnish
Sep 19, 2017 Jennifer DeClair
Sep 19, 2017 Leslie Marie Cruz
Sep 19, 2017 Michell Hangartner
Sep 19, 2017 Jess Hammell
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) I think this is very important, I have No money NOW!! But, maybe donate LATER..
Sep 19, 2017 Debi Goldstein
Sep 19, 2017 Lou Hozeska
Sep 19, 2017 Rhonda Adams
Sep 19, 2017 Julie Pailthorpe
Sep 19, 2017 Mary Springer
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2017 Marvi Cilli
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2017 Abbigail Vold
Sep 19, 2017 Brooke Mellen
Sep 19, 2017 Kom Griffith
Sep 19, 2017 Dolly Ogle No different than if a child was left in a car!
Sep 19, 2017 Delia Guerra
Sep 19, 2017 Mariateresa Bremauntz
Sep 19, 2017 paula wilson
Sep 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2017 Linda Strotman
Sep 19, 2017 Kathleen Avant
Sep 19, 2017 Nancy Johnson
Sep 19, 2017 Rita Spadaro
Sep 19, 2017 Ulla Steffensen
Sep 19, 2017 Michele Puente
Sep 19, 2017 Lori Hanlon

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