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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

Jan 21, 2017 Robert Plummer
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 18, 2017 sandra reguera
Jan 17, 2017 Charity Chambers
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 Renee Snyder
Jan 16, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Jan 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2017 April Brown
Jan 15, 2017 anna gennari
Jan 14, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 12, 2017 Chris Froehlich
Jan 11, 2017 Lynne Graham
Jan 11, 2017 Sandra Roush
Jan 11, 2017 jude lotz
Jan 11, 2017 Kelly Davidson
Jan 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2017 Victoria Meliodon
Jan 9, 2017 Patricia Wood
Jan 9, 2017 trudie yoshino
Jan 9, 2017 Johnna Bouchard
Jan 9, 2017 Alexa Hilaire
Jan 9, 2017 astrid bogaerts
Jan 9, 2017 Bartha Sjoerdsma
Jan 9, 2017 Mir Otten
Jan 9, 2017 rosette putzeys
Jan 9, 2017 Jennifer D'herckers
Jan 8, 2017 Anna Hernandez
Jan 8, 2017 Petra Egging
Jan 6, 2017 nathalie guyonvarch
Jan 6, 2017 Christine HENRI
Jan 5, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Jan 5, 2017 ibrahim rexhepi
Jan 4, 2017 Cara Ammon
Jan 4, 2017 Jack Martin
Jan 4, 2017 Barbara Beatty
Jan 3, 2017 Wendye Kolles
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 3, 2017 Chris Sante
Jan 3, 2017 Sandra Walton
Dec 31, 2016 Connie Moreno
Dec 31, 2016 Linda Andrews
Dec 30, 2016 Rita R. Shaffer
Dec 29, 2016 Amanda Barnes
Dec 28, 2016 Lacey Smith
Dec 28, 2016 Maureen Smit
Dec 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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