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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 36,345
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

Mar 25, 2017 Terri Dustan
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
Mar 25, 2017 Maria Staffieri
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Mar 24, 2017 Claudia Hartwig
Mar 24, 2017 Ana Krznarić
Mar 23, 2017 Deana folsom
Mar 23, 2017 Cassandra Lewis
Mar 23, 2017 Tanya Rodriguez
Mar 23, 2017 sheryl claxton
Mar 23, 2017 Judit Deák
Mar 23, 2017 Georgia Roussis
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Mar 21, 2017 liberty paden
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Mar 19, 2017 Donna Niedermyer
Mar 18, 2017 Lynda Callista
Mar 18, 2017 Alice VanKoevering Why don't people get a clue? They would open the window for themselves in a hot car!
Mar 17, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 blanca delao
Mar 16, 2017 P Plunkett
Mar 15, 2017 Katy Bird
Mar 15, 2017 Theresa Meade
Mar 15, 2017 Alyssa Ramirez
Mar 15, 2017 Tigerlily Hayward
Mar 15, 2017 April Reyes
Mar 15, 2017 Patricia Stock
Mar 15, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 15, 2017 Debra Castaldo
Mar 15, 2017 Karen Hancock
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Mar 15, 2017 Angel Salazar-Kinsey
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Mar 14, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 14, 2017 Barb Breese
Mar 14, 2017 Beatriz Zebadua
Mar 14, 2017 Shari Yvon-Lewis
Mar 14, 2017 Lee Heath
Mar 14, 2017 Marie Willow
Mar 13, 2017 Megan Ashton
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Mar 13, 2017 Geri Gasiorowski
Mar 12, 2017 Kelly Timon
Mar 12, 2017 Mona Livsey
Mar 11, 2017 Joanne Moss
Mar 11, 2017 Jim Faulks
Mar 11, 2017 Brenda Higgins

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