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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.

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

Apr 26, 2017 Sonja Collier
Apr 26, 2017 Tracy Kalesnik
Apr 25, 2017 Rachael Smith
Apr 25, 2017 Elvira Trebesius
Apr 24, 2017 Tim Woods
Apr 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2017 Sandra Holbrook
Apr 24, 2017 Sherry Cranford
Apr 24, 2017 Sharmila Perera
Apr 24, 2017 siam benji please do not keep pets in cars...u morons..
Apr 24, 2017 petra meerwaldt
Apr 23, 2017 Helen Crispino
Apr 23, 2017 Dianne Hoffman I will.
Apr 23, 2017 Miriam Lopez
Apr 22, 2017 Beah Robinson
Apr 22, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Apr 22, 2017 Colleen Singelyn
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 Jill Kuch
Apr 21, 2017 Debbie Banditelli
Apr 21, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Apr 21, 2017 Caroline Williams
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2017 Dawn Ciszar
Apr 18, 2017 Jerri Berg
Apr 18, 2017 Katrina Shawley
Apr 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2017 Alison Ranshaw
Apr 17, 2017 Mitra Pejman
Apr 16, 2017 Marion Bost
Apr 15, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Apr 15, 2017 Sherika Scott
Apr 14, 2017 Jeanette Marcel
Apr 14, 2017 Deb Powell
Apr 14, 2017 Isabel Hepburn
Apr 13, 2017 diane peterson
Apr 13, 2017 Tanaia Brown
Apr 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2017 Ronald Robinson
Apr 13, 2017 Vanessa Urbina
Apr 13, 2017 Jessica Henson
Apr 13, 2017 Jenna Allen
Apr 12, 2017 Glenda Valle
Apr 12, 2017 Rhonda Graves
Apr 11, 2017 Esther Forika
Apr 10, 2017 Pamela Timmerman
Apr 8, 2017 Cindy Ray
Apr 7, 2017 Doreen Mapes
Apr 7, 2017 Artur Xavier
Apr 7, 2017 Ingrid Fechner

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