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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 37,176
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


Apr 22, 2018 Judy Ziegler
Apr 22, 2018 Kalliope M.
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Julie Wiebe
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Gina Lippa
Apr 15, 2018 Valerie Sanderson
Apr 15, 2018 Beverly Mustaine
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Debbie Marquess
Apr 14, 2018 stef b
Apr 14, 2018 Lourdes Almenara
Apr 14, 2018 Elizabeth Fernandez
Apr 14, 2018 Lutgard Roelandt
Apr 14, 2018 SANDRA NOTI
Apr 13, 2018 Amy Nations
Apr 13, 2018 Ilona Zelissen
Apr 13, 2018 Christina Patrick
Apr 13, 2018 Carol Kaslander
Apr 13, 2018 Hope Williams
Apr 13, 2018 Cyndee Jimenez
Apr 13, 2018 Robert Thomson
Apr 13, 2018 Carla Beck
Apr 13, 2018 Janet Lyons-Fairbanks
Apr 13, 2018 Susan Borghese
Apr 13, 2018 Amber Schneider
Apr 13, 2018 Ashley Cascante
Apr 13, 2018 David Kueneman
Apr 13, 2018 Kathy Monaco
Apr 13, 2018 Edwinice Meyer
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold Please don't do it.
Apr 12, 2018 Garry Taroli
Apr 12, 2018 jackie cavallo
Apr 11, 2018 Bobbie Mitchell
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 11, 2018 LISA CRUZ
Apr 10, 2018 Katharin Karsten
Apr 10, 2018 Jessica Ellis
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Debbie Dawn Sage Animal Lives Matter......
Apr 9, 2018 Sharlene Bergart Protect dogs now!
Apr 9, 2018 danuta radko
Apr 9, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Apr 8, 2018 Cathy Cascia
Apr 7, 2018 Laura Gustoson I advocated for a dog in a car at the DMV. His humans were mad at me, saying, "You don't know what you're talking about".
Apr 7, 2018 Tanya Cain
Apr 7, 2018 Susan Harmon
Apr 7, 2018 Cari Brookbanks

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