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Goal: 40,000 Progress: 41,663
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

Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 17, 2018 Jackie Maloof
Jun 17, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
Jun 17, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Tina Oclair People should have the right to free any breathing being, human or animal, for a hot car!
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 11, 2018 Jo-Ann Sangataldo This is only common sense
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Jun 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 Anna Salas I'd probably go to jail for breaking a car window to save a dog's life pass the law
Jun 7, 2018 Kathy ann Tate
Jun 7, 2018 Tiffany Eide
Jun 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Janina Winston
Jun 7, 2018 Monalisa Machado
Jun 7, 2018 Gina Garcia Horrible to keep a dog in a hot car.. Love them enough to leave them home!!
Jun 7, 2018 Debi Huebsch
Jun 7, 2018 Amy Miller
Jun 7, 2018 Donna Wessells
Jun 7, 2018 Michelle Kutsmeda It's the right thing to do!
Jun 7, 2018 Tracy Beckman
Jun 7, 2018 Diana Robinson
Jun 7, 2018 Monica Montalvo
Jun 7, 2018 Karen Myers
Jun 7, 2018 Lissette Feliciano Dogs are not to be left behind they're the most precious animals that are loyal kind and lovable creatures that were put on Earth with a purpose
Jun 7, 2018 Brenda Oneal
Jun 7, 2018 mary regan
Jun 7, 2018 Cecily Castillo
Jun 7, 2018 Emma Muniz
Jun 7, 2018 Christy Page
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 Laura Kluseman
Jun 7, 2018 Lisa Robert This is a no brainer. PASS THIS!
Jun 6, 2018 Robin Aussubel
Jun 6, 2018 Kim Barnes
Jun 6, 2018 Alicia Kingston
Jun 6, 2018 kathryn Harstine Law or not I'll break a window for a distressed dog
Jun 6, 2018 Annie O’Neilll
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Yes, we need this.
Jun 6, 2018 Laura Bushie
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please be kind with this innocent animals. Have a heart. Don’t let them inside the hot cars. Please.
Jun 6, 2018 Cheryl Gimera Help these poor animals
Jun 6, 2018 Milagro Rodriguez
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 6, 2018 Shelly Farguson
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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