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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,372
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 30, 2016 Leslie Marlin
Apr 30, 2016 Jennifer Rhoads
Apr 29, 2016 audrey ellis
Apr 29, 2016 Dolly Schultz
Apr 29, 2016 KRYSTAL YOUNG
Apr 29, 2016 Elimaris Gonzalez
Apr 28, 2016 Sharon Bradbury I will do everything I can to spread the word along
Apr 28, 2016 Gunnar Lien
Apr 28, 2016 Anne-Marie Sancho
Apr 27, 2016 Jessica Canan
Apr 27, 2016 Kathleen Vadnais
Apr 27, 2016 Katy Gabriel Katerina
Apr 27, 2016 Maria tüchler
Apr 27, 2016 Jessica Vanasdlen
Apr 27, 2016 Sandra Rose
Apr 27, 2016 J L
Apr 27, 2016 Julie Carter
Apr 27, 2016 Carol Rahim
Apr 24, 2016 Carolyn Sharpless
Apr 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2016 DeLynda Brown
Apr 24, 2016 Charlene Novak
Apr 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Apr 23, 2016 Brooke Horridge
Apr 23, 2016 Christine OBrien
Apr 22, 2016 Dannielle Minuzzo
Apr 22, 2016 Jodie Crisci
Apr 21, 2016 Katie Hitchcock
Apr 21, 2016 ivy smith
Apr 21, 2016 traci Bruce
Apr 21, 2016 Ashley Dible
Apr 21, 2016 Megan Springsteen
Apr 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2016 Kaitlynn Dunn
Apr 21, 2016 Nancy Paskowitz
Apr 20, 2016 Teresa Wright
Apr 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2016 Annie Nocera
Apr 19, 2016 Dawn West
Apr 18, 2016 Claire Mccullagh
Apr 18, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Apr 18, 2016 Gulnara Syulgina
Apr 17, 2016 Amanda Franco
Apr 17, 2016 julia moore utter neglect and stupidity
Apr 16, 2016 corinne mansat
Apr 16, 2016 Brycelyn Pirtle
Apr 16, 2016 Lori D'Allessandro
Apr 16, 2016 Heather Sura
Apr 16, 2016 ROBERT AIRAUT

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