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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

Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 24, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory
Sep 20, 2016 alice eitner
Sep 20, 2016 Lisa Ohmie I see this as common sense, unfortunately many people don't. It will take people like us to look out for the innocent animals put in harms way.
Sep 20, 2016 Lisa HURD
Sep 20, 2016 Jean Gurkin Stop and think "How would I like to be shut up in a car with the temperature inside well over 100 degrees?". You would not, so don't do it to your best friend.
Sep 20, 2016 Cinzia Moore
Sep 18, 2016 TM Hunsicker
Sep 18, 2016 KC White
Sep 18, 2016 Kate Lowell
Sep 18, 2016 V. Sporleder
Sep 18, 2016 LK Sporleder
Sep 18, 2016 Jan Repp
Sep 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 Kathy Wall
Sep 17, 2016 Olena Burym
Sep 16, 2016 Mary Mitchell
Sep 16, 2016 Roberta Smith
Sep 16, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 16, 2016 Heather Corry
Sep 16, 2016 Dona Anderson
Sep 16, 2016 Marie Armandy
Sep 16, 2016 Lori Resek
Sep 16, 2016 Connie Eller
Sep 15, 2016 Colleen Olson
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara Smuts
Sep 14, 2016 Richard Lebon
Sep 14, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Sep 13, 2016 Joanna Conway
Sep 13, 2016 Elizabeth Aguirre
Sep 13, 2016 Catherine Leckner
Sep 13, 2016 Mary Hageman
Sep 12, 2016 Myrna Alvarado
Sep 12, 2016 Linda Millar
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Joanne Scribner
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva
Sep 12, 2016 Denise Boyce
Sep 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) Keep Canines Cool: Don't Leave Dogs In Hot Cars!!!
Sep 11, 2016 Dawn Reagor
Sep 9, 2016 Dana Nelson
Sep 9, 2016 Rebecca Lambert
Sep 9, 2016 judith hazelton
Sep 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 9, 2016 Maria Sheehan
Sep 8, 2016 anamaria popescu
Sep 8, 2016 Karry Groen

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