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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 36,880
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 23, 2017 kimberly bridges
Oct 22, 2017 Maryanne Budetti
Oct 22, 2017 Doreen DeLuca
Oct 21, 2017 Brenda Frey
Oct 20, 2017 Monica Preis
Oct 20, 2017 Christina Brown
Oct 20, 2017 Linda Romano
Oct 19, 2017 LUCY MORGAN
Oct 19, 2017 Stacy Schermerhorn
Oct 19, 2017 c. martinez
Oct 19, 2017 Autumn Wilson
Oct 19, 2017 Petra Klages
Oct 19, 2017 Alson Sachs
Oct 19, 2017 Tamara Christie
Oct 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2017 Ana Alvarez
Oct 16, 2017 Laura Altman
Oct 16, 2017 Ilse Depriest
Oct 14, 2017 Kimberly Boden
Oct 14, 2017 Don Wilson
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 12, 2017 Jennifer Parsons
Oct 12, 2017 Patrice Keenaghan
Oct 11, 2017 kaydee lewis
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) This should be common sense, but a lot of people don't possess this.
Oct 10, 2017 amrita biswas
Oct 10, 2017 Michelle Drevitson-Cheney
Oct 10, 2017 Ann Gordon
Oct 8, 2017 carol hall
Oct 8, 2017 Karen Swanson
Oct 8, 2017 Lydia Lafferty
Oct 6, 2017 Louise Moore
Oct 5, 2017 Rosie Almanza
Oct 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) Never leave a pet in a hot car. It is above 60 outside, leave your friend at home.
Oct 5, 2017 Janine Harwood
Oct 5, 2017 Sarah Young
Oct 4, 2017 stef pulitzer
Oct 4, 2017 Susan Fisher
Oct 4, 2017 veronique Charvet
Oct 4, 2017 Kimberly Kessleski
Oct 4, 2017 julie melillo
Oct 3, 2017 kim runnoe how would you like to be locked up in a hot car
Oct 3, 2017 Tracy Wood
Oct 2, 2017 katie smith
Oct 2, 2017 Angela Joyner
Oct 2, 2017 Denise Moore Common sense people don;t leave animals in hot cars
Oct 1, 2017 Lori Schmelter
Sep 30, 2017 Jolene Pope

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