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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,959
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.

Sign Here

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

Oct 28, 2016 Karin Schultz Parked cars are death traps for dogs locked inside. They cannot get out to cool off!
Oct 26, 2016 Melissa Suarez
Oct 26, 2016 Margy Renner
Oct 26, 2016 Karen Gordon
Oct 25, 2016 Linda Moran
Oct 25, 2016 Manuel Davila Rodriguez
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2016 Elena Caddell
Oct 23, 2016 Olga Faletova
Oct 23, 2016 Betty Redmond
Oct 21, 2016 Carla Bond Just break a window when you see a dog in need
Oct 21, 2016 Tina Brewster
Oct 20, 2016 MaryAnn Bomarito
Oct 20, 2016 Denise Cronin
Oct 17, 2016 Ellen Prior
Oct 17, 2016 Tina Neeble
Oct 17, 2016 Theresa Fotinatou
Oct 16, 2016 Gail McElrath
Oct 16, 2016 Danuta Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 Lisa Click
Oct 16, 2016 Agnieszka Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 (Name not displayed) irresponsible owners who left their dogs inside their hot car should be sue. Dogs dont deserve that cruelty.
Oct 16, 2016 Sue Canale This is so cruel to innocent animals,people should be fined or jailed for doing this
Oct 15, 2016 Jacqueline Leahy
Oct 15, 2016 T van Nieuwland
Oct 14, 2016 Kacy Phan
Oct 14, 2016 Yvonne Autie Hot cars are lethal. This fact has been known for years.
Oct 14, 2016 Laudiceia Fonseca
Oct 14, 2016 Rachel Ory
Oct 10, 2016 Linda Velez
Oct 9, 2016 helen freedman
Oct 8, 2016 Janet Brandon
Oct 8, 2016 Susanne Carpenter
Oct 8, 2016 Berny van der Loo
Oct 7, 2016 Janet smith
Oct 7, 2016 sue johnson
Oct 7, 2016 Laura Valentine
Oct 7, 2016 ZUMAYNA Ebrahim
Oct 6, 2016 Wendy Malone
Oct 5, 2016 Joanne Orzech
Oct 4, 2016 leigh barry
Oct 4, 2016 karen foster should be a felony charge!
Oct 4, 2016 Ann-Marie Walker
Oct 4, 2016 mary smith
Oct 4, 2016 Claudia Gilbert
Oct 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2016 Diana Jones
Oct 4, 2016 Felicia Fallon
Oct 3, 2016 RHONDA ZINN
Oct 3, 2016 Suzanne Grande

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