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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 37,339
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 27, 2018 Mary Doyle
May 27, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Camille Barron
May 27, 2018 Janice Hawkins
May 27, 2018 josilda josilda
May 27, 2018 Kate Evans
May 27, 2018 Ashley Dostal
May 27, 2018 Judith Mumbauer
May 27, 2018 Jennifer McBurney
May 27, 2018 Jesse Gennarelli
May 27, 2018 Joanne Jaeger
May 27, 2018 Earl & Sharon Lenhart
May 27, 2018 irina antoshkina
May 27, 2018 Nella Taylor
May 27, 2018 Michelle Stewart
May 27, 2018 Lesa Jacobsen It should be a felony offense to leave a dog in a hot car. People who rescue them should be given a badge of honor. Breaking in should not be a criminal act when it's to save the dog. Minimum 1 year in prison and $10,000 fine. This will stop it.
May 27, 2018 debbie CONRAD
May 27, 2018 Dyan Merick
May 27, 2018 Terri Hughes
May 27, 2018 kliontia-kalia konstantinou
May 27, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 27, 2018 Cynthia Murphy
May 27, 2018 Charity Thayn
May 26, 2018 Linda McClelland All states should make it legal to break into vehicles to save an animal in distress. Call 911 and tell them what you are doing then break the window.
May 26, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 26, 2018 Jan Williams
May 26, 2018 christine Henri
May 25, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton
May 25, 2018 Pat Samms 1 indication of ANIMAL ABUSE IS; people let them BARK 24/7, which really T's me off, but in our country we only have to make a phone call. LET THE OWNER SIT IN THE CAR WITH A FUR COAT.
May 25, 2018 Pamela Matteson
May 25, 2018 Antonella Grimaldi
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Leigh Ashman
May 25, 2018 Julie Rubio
May 25, 2018 Linda Carr
May 24, 2018 L. Cadena
May 24, 2018 Carey Sutton
May 23, 2018 Brent Pennell
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Jomarie Minton
May 21, 2018 Elizabeth Pum
May 21, 2018 Penelope DeCoster
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Jeanette Henry
May 21, 2018 Richard Colton

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