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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,698
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

Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2016 Linda Barni
Jul 22, 2016 Anne Hopkins
Jul 22, 2016 Monica Lanzi
Jul 22, 2016 Marisol Estela
Jul 22, 2016 Barbara Bemis
Jul 22, 2016 Kaarina Moilanen
Jul 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2016 Melissa Conti If you're too stupid to do leave your dog in a sweltering car; you're not responsible enough and don't deserve to be a pet parent.
Jul 20, 2016 Gail Drury
Jul 19, 2016 Kimberly Moore
Jul 19, 2016 Cynthia Feezell
Jul 19, 2016 Bo Seward
Jul 18, 2016 barbara signorelli
Jul 17, 2016 Kacey Ehmann
Jul 17, 2016 EMINA BURSAC
Jul 17, 2016 Kenneth Badders This should be a law in all states that allow a person to break a window to rescue a baby or any animal this will hopefully deter the owner of ever doing it again.
Jul 16, 2016 Suzette Hoyt
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 Barbara Monahan
Jul 16, 2016 Lori Cichowski
Jul 16, 2016 Katherine Smith
Jul 15, 2016 Debbie Cornell
Jul 15, 2016 Karen Osborn
Jul 15, 2016 Maria Dorsey
Jul 15, 2016 TJ Avalos
Jul 15, 2016 Cecilia McManis This is not acceptable. Dogs are man's best friends. 🐢❀
Jul 15, 2016 (Name not displayed) I wish we had this law in every state, including Wisconsin. God bless all these voiceless animals that suffer.
Jul 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2016 Stacy Hait β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
Jul 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2016 catherine mengani
Jul 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2016 Denise Thummel
Jul 13, 2016 Kathy Baker Do not ever leave a dog or cat in a hot car ever !!!!!!
Jul 13, 2016 Archie Pedersen
Jul 13, 2016 Tara Cunningham Just Don't!!!
Jul 13, 2016 Jackie W Please DO NOT take your pet with you in the car in ANY extreme weather. Summertime in a hot car can be fatal. Winter weather isn't good either as Temps fall as quickly as they rise in a vehicle.
Jul 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2016 Patti Matthews
Jul 13, 2016 Laurie Macneill
Jul 13, 2016 Karen Westphal
Jul 13, 2016 Shannon Garland
Jul 13, 2016 Douglas Parker
Jul 13, 2016 Lisa Ann Kelly & Family
Jul 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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