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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,467
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

May 26, 2016 Jan Mukomela
May 25, 2016 Patricia Morgan
May 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2016 Bonnie Schneider Make this act punishable by law. If someone leaves a dog in the car they might be inclined to forget there may be a child in the backseat
May 22, 2016 Kat Courtney, MA
May 22, 2016 Barbra Premo
May 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2016 Tiffany Dressman
May 20, 2016 Marilyn Leon
May 20, 2016 melinda collum
May 20, 2016 (Name not displayed) It's unbelievable that people can be so stupid or perhaps so uncaring - they should be made to suffer under the same conditions!
May 20, 2016 Jennifer Landis
May 19, 2016 casey muhs
May 19, 2016 Laney Smith People wouldn't sit theirselves in a boiling car so why a pet.
May 19, 2016 Kiersten Swanson
May 19, 2016 Dat Tran
May 19, 2016 Sherry Davis
May 19, 2016 Paul Funk Maybe the morons that leave dogs and little children in hot cars should be made to stay in one for a few hours in the hot sun to see if they like it.
May 19, 2016 Mark Turner No animal lover would do this.
May 19, 2016 Elizabeth Steenkuijl-Carranza
May 19, 2016 libby garofalo
May 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2016 Ilie Eliza-Anisoara
May 18, 2016 Yolanda Bernhard
May 18, 2016 Sarah Stevens
May 17, 2016 Lisa Bass
May 17, 2016 Charlene Beck
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2016 Marlene Lewartowski
May 17, 2016 Colleen King
May 16, 2016 Nina Carey
May 16, 2016 justan acre i carry a tire iron. if i can not find the owner i find the window with the iron. ID cops said i could be sued i said it slipped-j
May 16, 2016 abi mckenna
May 15, 2016 Phil Neal
May 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2016 teri tosdale
May 14, 2016 Carol Williamson
May 14, 2016 Lenora Rhumm
May 14, 2016 Kay Jay
May 14, 2016 Victoria Ligotti
May 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2016 Belinda Compotaro In this day and age pet owners should be aware of the danger of dogs left in hot cars. The owner should be held accountable for actions
May 13, 2016 aLeXX CooPeR
May 13, 2016 Rachel Rakaczky
May 13, 2016 Susannah Gingras
May 13, 2016 Judith Beattie
May 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2016 Rosalilia Dorantes
May 13, 2016 Shelly Reed Please stop the abuse.
May 13, 2016 Ashley Rozanski

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