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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.

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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


May 31, 2016 Jake Elliott
May 31, 2016 Marcia Golde I've seen this happen many times. It's such a dangerous practice. Some pet owners are unbelievably ignorant. I always intervene if I see an animal left in a hot car.
May 31, 2016 Tamara Vrhovec
May 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2016 Regina Rivera
May 30, 2016 Brittany Honeyman
May 30, 2016 Joyce Byrd I always look to see if the windows are rolled down some, but if not I definitely would call the police.
May 30, 2016 Valerie OConnor
May 30, 2016 AshLe Lund
May 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2016 Tammy Zeisloft Awareness is key to help in solving this problem!!
May 30, 2016 Gaby Binette
May 30, 2016 Chantelle Martinez No dog should be left in a car alone no matter what the temp is outside. Dogs depend on us to love them and keep them safe.
May 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2016 Samantha Leale
May 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2016 Megan Halperin
May 30, 2016 Rachel B
May 30, 2016 Petra Wilson I am.member of Team Chelsea. I want to sell dont leave dogs signs at functions. How do I get lots
May 30, 2016 Cheryl Schumacher
May 30, 2016 Bobbi Davis
May 30, 2016 Lori Wakeman
May 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2016 Suzanne Wehrly
May 29, 2016 Amadeus Guchhait
May 29, 2016 (Name not displayed) There should be laws throughout the country dealing with this. Not only this but winter weather as well. And then the authorities need to enforce the law.
May 28, 2016 Pamela Shucart
May 28, 2016 Diana Valle Serious this is ridiculous! If your going to leave your dog in the car when it's 75 + then just leave them home where theres shade and water and air to breath!!! Come on people think!! It's not that hard !
May 27, 2016 Ashley Johnson
May 27, 2016 marlene chatburn
May 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2016 Susan Roberts I SEE THIS LUNACY RVERY YEAR INVOLVING PETS & CHILDREN, & IT'S MIND BOGGLING TO ME THAT PEOPLE CAN ACT SO STUPID!!!!! PASS TOUGHER LAWS FOR THIS UNBELIEVABLY SENSELESS ACTION EVER HAPPENING!!! YOU DON'T NEED DEPENDANTS OF ANY KIND WHEN YOU'RE THAT STUPID!
May 27, 2016 DAVID AND DIANA GILL ANYONE DUMB ENOUGH TO LEAVE ANY ANIMAL IN A HOT CAR SHOULD BE FINED, AND THE ANIMAL TAKED AWAY FOR A GOOD HOME..
May 27, 2016 Annette Benton
May 27, 2016 Eddie Lisuzzo
May 27, 2016 alida carletti
May 26, 2016 Sheryl Precopia
May 26, 2016 Fred Guerrero
May 26, 2016 Jan Mukomela
May 25, 2016 Patricia Morgan
May 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2016 Bonnie Schneider Make this act punishable by law. If someone leaves a dog in the car they might be inclined to forget there may be a child in the backseat
May 22, 2016 Kat Courtney, MA
May 22, 2016 Barbra Premo
May 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2016 Tiffany Dressman
May 20, 2016 Marilyn Leon
May 20, 2016 melinda collum
May 20, 2016 (Name not displayed) It's unbelievable that people can be so stupid or perhaps so uncaring - they should be made to suffer under the same conditions!

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