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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 36,038
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

Dec 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 6, 2016 Nancy Warner
Dec 6, 2016 Nicola Cerato
Dec 6, 2016 Sharon Brucker
Dec 4, 2016 Lara Hembom
Dec 2, 2016 jennifer holm
Dec 2, 2016 Dr. Angela Dodge Every business should have a sign at its entrance: "Don't leave your pet in a hot car or we will report you."
Dec 2, 2016 Martha Rankin
Dec 2, 2016 Mary C Arndt
Dec 2, 2016 Elisabet Riya
Dec 2, 2016 Tina Beedle
Dec 2, 2016 Michele pariseau
Dec 2, 2016 Els Bol
Dec 2, 2016 Penny Griffin-Correa
Dec 2, 2016 phoenix Whitewolf Please don't be stupid
Dec 2, 2016 Marisol Alvarez e
Dec 2, 2016 Doug Rank
Dec 1, 2016 Angela Stier
Dec 1, 2016 Renee Mahl Don't leave your pets or kids locked up in a hot car. It may feel cool outside, but try being in a car with the sun beating down on it, see how long you last!
Dec 1, 2016 wendy Mercante
Nov 27, 2016 Dena Hall
Nov 26, 2016 Dawn legere
Nov 25, 2016 Maria Tereza Montes Rodrigues
Nov 20, 2016 Kathy Mason
Nov 20, 2016 Brenda allen
Nov 20, 2016 Milicent Cranor
Nov 20, 2016 Rita Schwarz
Nov 20, 2016 Patricia Shaw
Nov 19, 2016 Bonnie Farmer
Nov 19, 2016 Angelique McCullough
Nov 19, 2016 Uta Cortimilia Do you want to be in a hot car? Probably not. Dogs don't either.
Nov 18, 2016 chris brazis it's like leaving a baby in a car to want that on your conscience?
Nov 18, 2016 georgeta burca
Nov 18, 2016 Peggy Ledbetter
Nov 18, 2016 chang muly
Nov 18, 2016 Pilar Tornero Martinez
Nov 17, 2016 Pamela Wood
Nov 16, 2016 Denise Vallee
Nov 16, 2016 Patricia Hall Dogs cannot sweat like other animals so are boiled alive in hot cars. This happened again in the UK this year without the deserved punishment. Horrendous!
Nov 15, 2016 JANICK SANSON
Nov 15, 2016 Christy Kyriss Right up there with children!!
Nov 14, 2016 Julie Hoffman
Nov 14, 2016 Paula Lewis
Nov 14, 2016 Ann Haro
Nov 14, 2016 Susan Dunfee
Nov 14, 2016 kenna chandler
Nov 14, 2016 Judy Collins
Nov 14, 2016 Martine Nodinot
Nov 10, 2016 BILL FOWLER
Nov 9, 2016 Mariann Adcock

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