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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.

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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

Jun 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2016 Natalie Bieniarz
Jun 26, 2016 Diana Bode This goes 4 any pet that's in your vehicle...the summer heat is a killer.
Jun 25, 2016 Kmberly Hays We should call 911 if we find a dog in a hot car. People need to leave their companion animals in the air conditioning at home!
Jun 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2016 Tina Jordan
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 Lourdes Mannise
Jun 22, 2016 Charlotte Gressett
Jun 22, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 22, 2016 Amy forgette No animals should ever be left in hot cars and if they're owners are that ignorant and stupid they don't deserve to have a pet!!!!
Jun 21, 2016 Veronica Baez
Jun 21, 2016 Lisa Long I always call 911 if I see a suffering animal in a hot car, and I wouldn't hesitate to break a window if necessary, so don't take your pets in cars in your car on hot days and leave them. People who do this are ignorant.
Jun 21, 2016 Jane Lane
Jun 20, 2016 Irene & Bill Mauer
Jun 20, 2016 Mary Fuery
Jun 20, 2016 Janet Zinser If you think this is ok to do because you are only going to be gone a few minutes, sit yourself in that same hot car with windows rolled up and no water and see if you ever do it again. Would you let a child or parent or grandparents sit in the same car?
Jun 19, 2016 (Name not displayed) Do not leave pets or children in hot cars!
Jun 19, 2016 janice campano Animals need as much care and attention as a child does in extreme conditions. They need nourishing food and fresh water and a clean dry safe, warm when needed place to rest and sleep. AND no animal should ever be chained outside. Take action for animals.
Jun 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2016 Ashley Barrett-morberg
Jun 19, 2016 Kristi Hermanson
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 18, 2016 Kenneth Rinard
Jun 18, 2016 Margaret Ellis
Jun 18, 2016 Elena Fedotova
Jun 17, 2016 Lotta l
Jun 17, 2016 Angela Codding
Jun 16, 2016 alexa molnar
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2016 Susan Brittain
Jun 16, 2016 Esmeralda Lopez
Jun 16, 2016 maria simonette
Jun 16, 2016 Jeannine de Baenst Berdenne
Jun 15, 2016 Lisa Haddock
Jun 15, 2016 Anne Carlson
Jun 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2016 Charlene Wojtanek
Jun 13, 2016 Marisol Ackerman
Jun 13, 2016 Jessica Trotti Don't leave them in the car alone in any weather conditions!
Jun 12, 2016 Nathalie NOEL
Jun 11, 2016 sharon gooding
Jun 11, 2016 Jennifer Fermaint
Jun 11, 2016 Marianne Panzanaro
Jun 11, 2016 carole gaburro
Jun 11, 2016 Pat Newman
Jun 10, 2016 Kathy LaChance
Jun 10, 2016 judi Tabor
Jun 10, 2016 william wray
Jun 10, 2016 Ericka Koester Educate, educate, educate. If you see someone leaving their pet in their vehicle - say something. they honestly may not know that they are putting their beloved pet in harms way. And if you see an animal in a closed up car - do something about it ASAP.

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