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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,796
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 24, 2016 Anne-Britt Ose Kaltun
Aug 24, 2016 Judy Ryan
Aug 24, 2016 Kathleen Miller
Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2016 Susan Lindsey
Aug 20, 2016 sarah makins
Aug 20, 2016 Deborah Jones
Aug 20, 2016 Marilyn Yeutsy
Aug 20, 2016 marie Dupouy
Aug 20, 2016 (Name not displayed) Take care of the animals you love!
Aug 19, 2016 Susan Venuto Please do not torture your dog by leaving it in your car, even with the window down, they will become over heated. Leave your pets at home!
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 19, 2016 mike lyons
Aug 18, 2016 Tammy Stephan
Aug 18, 2016 Pamela Lebowitz
Aug 18, 2016 Caryn Sutherland Don't leave your pet in your car!!! I will do anything to protect your "pet".
Aug 18, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 18, 2016 Pam Brown This CAN be avoided if some people had a little more common sense.
Aug 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2016 Jody Lima Put yourself inside the car with windows barely cracked and no air conditioning, see how long you can sit in there before you have to get out. animals wear a 24/7 fur coat, imagine yourself in their place when its hot and sitting in a car.
Aug 17, 2016 Juanice Burroughs
Aug 17, 2016 Elizabeth Keenan
Aug 17, 2016 Jean Burton
Aug 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2016 Jennifer Shifflett
Aug 16, 2016 Joan Yanicke
Aug 15, 2016 kristi thorpe
Aug 15, 2016 Kathryn Carson
Aug 15, 2016 Janet E. Moore 0-': These loving and gentle creatures, deserve the right to be calm , cool and safe. They can't roll down windows, like we can. THEY DESERVE LOVE NOT ABUSE.
Aug 15, 2016 Brenda Edwards
Aug 15, 2016 Amanda Bridgeman
Aug 15, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Aug 15, 2016 Marlene Marlene'sollinger
Aug 15, 2016 Ad Lenders
Aug 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2016 Kandy Rogers
Aug 13, 2016 Maria Elisa Sharples
Aug 13, 2016 Marcia Leaser
Aug 13, 2016 (Name not displayed) We continue to see complete MORONIC IDIOTS in this world.
Aug 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2016 Alisa Gabriel
Aug 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) Stop leave dogs in hot cars!!!
Aug 12, 2016 Marcia Sutton
Aug 11, 2016 Jessica Raysman Please people where ever you are or in which country you are. DO NOT LEAVE DOGS IN GOT CARS. Rather LEAVE your animals at home when are going out. Don't take them with you.
Aug 11, 2016 Lucille Bowman
Aug 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2016 Luisa Gonzalez
Aug 11, 2016 Marybeth Comstock
Aug 10, 2016 Jole Lheureux

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