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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 36,742
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

Aug 18, 2017 Kristin Lee
Aug 17, 2017 Alysa Fleisher
Aug 17, 2017 Michelle Maisonave
Aug 17, 2017 Fausta Dimascio
Aug 16, 2017 Patrina Van Sky
Aug 16, 2017 jessica decker
Aug 16, 2017 Brenda Smith
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 16, 2017 sandra falconi
Aug 16, 2017 Natasha Moore
Aug 16, 2017 Alisha Allen
Aug 16, 2017 Steven Schueller
Aug 16, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Aug 16, 2017 Kim Maynard
Aug 16, 2017 Laura Miller
Aug 16, 2017 Janice McShane
Aug 16, 2017 Amanda Moore
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Cheryl Page
Aug 16, 2017 Josette Mitchell
Aug 16, 2017 robyn cotterill
Aug 16, 2017 Doreen Walter
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Debbie Foster
Aug 15, 2017 Sara Roseenau
Aug 14, 2017 Amber Ossig
Aug 14, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 14, 2017 Barbara Vallini
Aug 14, 2017 Karola Windweh
Aug 14, 2017 Aimee Gasparre
Aug 14, 2017 Dawn White
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Smith
Aug 14, 2017 Cindy Hathaway
Aug 12, 2017 Kathleen Reynolds I will break any car window in any state if it means i will be saving a life, animal or human.
Aug 10, 2017 Catherine D.
Aug 9, 2017 Isabel Basto
Aug 8, 2017 Kat R
Aug 8, 2017 Dionne Toye
Aug 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Aug 7, 2017 Bonnie LaRosa
Aug 6, 2017 C. Scott
Aug 5, 2017 dana newsom
Aug 5, 2017 agnes trivier
Aug 5, 2017 Theresa Morningstar
Aug 4, 2017 Mary Kay Siegel
Aug 4, 2017 Vicky Simpson
Aug 3, 2017 Karen Fleming
Aug 3, 2017 Karen Moore

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