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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,105
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


Feb 9, 2016 Linda L.-Schaeffer
Feb 8, 2016 Virginia Ilardi
Feb 8, 2016 Lea Faulks
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 7, 2016 Nelly Rivera
Feb 6, 2016 Meray Dedeci
Feb 5, 2016 Alexis Williams
Feb 5, 2016 Teri Wikowsky
Feb 4, 2016 Cortney Waldron i love how someone is doing something about this issue. Keep doing it!!! :D
Feb 4, 2016 Kim Petersen Cross my heart!
Feb 4, 2016 Adriana Nuñez
Feb 4, 2016 Jennifer Woo
Feb 4, 2016 Holly Webb
Feb 4, 2016 Eser Gulabi
Feb 3, 2016 Sharon Weiss
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Nelson Nunes
Feb 3, 2016 Gail Davison
Feb 3, 2016 Sharon Fedor
Feb 3, 2016 Jennifer Breitigan
Feb 3, 2016 Suzanne Ursula Lebon AND IF THEY DO BREAKING A WINDOW FOR THE DOG TO COME OUT IS LEGAL.
Feb 3, 2016 Carlyn Montes De Oca
Feb 3, 2016 Nancy Herrmann
Feb 3, 2016 Jennifer Chambers
Feb 3, 2016 Denise Szilagyi they feel the same pain as a human when left in a hot car.....
Feb 3, 2016 Roni Friedman Thus us the same as frying a defenseless animal. Anyone leaving babies or animals in a hot car should receive a stiff mandatory jail sentence. This is murder.
Feb 2, 2016 Tracey Adkison
Feb 1, 2016 Andrew Weprin
Feb 1, 2016 Anna Dougall
Jan 31, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 31, 2016 cathleen gorden
Jan 30, 2016 Doreen Forbes
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 Carolina Cox
Jan 29, 2016 LORRAINE THOMPSON
Jan 28, 2016 Irene Roos
Jan 28, 2016 shelly wooten
Jan 27, 2016 Stanley Schmidt
Jan 27, 2016 irena kocianova
Jan 27, 2016 Jeffrey Quayle good for Tennessee now if we can get all of the states that do not have good Samaritans the right to break open a car where an animal is baking to death...
Jan 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2016 Nicole Weller
Jan 26, 2016 Susan Edelstein
Jan 26, 2016 Jennifer Perret
Jan 26, 2016 Bill Winters
Jan 26, 2016 Peni Petersen
Jan 26, 2016 Yvette Sloan
Jan 26, 2016 Kimberly Latvala
Jan 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2016 Ewa Gmiter

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