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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

Feb 27, 2017 Averill Waterhouse
Feb 26, 2017 Nina Røstad
Feb 26, 2017 Pamela Hazen
Feb 25, 2017 Lynn Rodden
Feb 25, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 25, 2017 Pamela Rogers
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Tracy Birrell Cruel and unnecessary!
Feb 23, 2017 Leslie Williams
Feb 23, 2017 Katie Schemehorn
Feb 23, 2017 michele rule
Feb 23, 2017 Lorelei Stephan You don't leave your children in the car, so have the same care for your dog. If Caring for your pet properly is too much trouble, don't get one.
Feb 23, 2017 Angelika Ulmer
Feb 23, 2017 steven rule
Feb 23, 2017 Robert Sanders
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2017 Theresa Tucker
Feb 23, 2017 birgitte boer
Feb 23, 2017 Pamela Miguez
Feb 22, 2017 Pamela Sticht
Feb 21, 2017 Erinn Goldner
Feb 21, 2017 Lynda Korenstra
Feb 21, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Feb 21, 2017 Jimmie OWEN
Feb 21, 2017 Naomi Dunlap
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have a dog myself and would never leave him alone in a hot car. We travel in the summertime and take him with us, but he is always attended in the car while it is running to keep everyone cool, or he is on a walk with the family.
Feb 21, 2017 janice pemberton
Feb 21, 2017 Dawn Riemer
Feb 21, 2017 Tatjana Mayr
Feb 21, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Feb 21, 2017 Caterina Raviglione
Feb 21, 2017 Marie Delagarza
Feb 20, 2017 Viraj Chawda people here can lawfully smash a cars windows to free a hot dog in a car and we will if we ever see one, raise awareness
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Susan Martin
Feb 19, 2017 Kim Miller
Feb 19, 2017 sarah craven This is only common sense people.....
Feb 18, 2017 Mary Jane Butkus
Feb 18, 2017 melissa bird
Feb 17, 2017 Jane Francis
Feb 17, 2017 Evelyn Kolackovsky
Feb 16, 2017 katrien rabaey
Feb 16, 2017 Gail Matteo
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 Kathy Sparrow
Feb 16, 2017 Christine Rochette
Feb 15, 2017 Laurie Bell Humans should be humane
Feb 15, 2017 Jean McClenathen
Feb 15, 2017 STACEY O'BRIEN

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