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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 36,594
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

Jun 25, 2017 Joan Hise
Jun 25, 2017 Casey Saultzman-Brown
Jun 24, 2017 Cynthia Tawil
Jun 23, 2017 Sally Allen
Jun 23, 2017 Kathleen Fillo
Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2017 Sc Vdb
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Ольга Малютина
Jun 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Just like human children of certain ages, pets can't fend for themselves. In my book, pets are family, treat them right and don't leave them in a vehicle, period.
Jun 21, 2017 Carol Crews
Jun 21, 2017 Sharol Huckaba-Paiz
Jun 21, 2017 Sandra Beatty I sat by a car the other day. A lady told me she had a postage paid package for UPS, she'd only be 5 mins. She returned 20 mins later to find several had broken into her car. All I did was smile and say I bet you'll never do that again
Jun 20, 2017 Coralyn Niven
Jun 20, 2017 Kathleen Berger
Jun 20, 2017 Lillis Butlin
Jun 20, 2017 kim whetham
Jun 20, 2017 Stephanie Reed
Jun 20, 2017 Janee Van Zile
Jun 20, 2017 ANNE Gilbert
Jun 20, 2017 Gareth Gameson
Jun 20, 2017 Anne Matarin-Bessiron
Jun 20, 2017 Debra long
Jun 19, 2017 Jana Williams
Jun 19, 2017 Oscar Landé
Jun 19, 2017 Linda Kehew
Jun 19, 2017 peggy file
Jun 19, 2017 leslie ray
Jun 19, 2017 Ursula Kiefert
Jun 19, 2017 Yolanda Hershey
Jun 18, 2017 Ellen Tieszen
Jun 18, 2017 Rob Windsor
Jun 17, 2017 julie folley
Jun 16, 2017 Nora Fagen
Jun 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2017 Alson Sachs
Jun 16, 2017 Diane Taylor
Jun 16, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 14, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
Jun 14, 2017 Maria Lucente
Jun 14, 2017 Elizabeth Novak
Jun 14, 2017 Paula Bernhardt
Jun 14, 2017 Sherry Mainquist
Jun 13, 2017 Debbie Gibson
Jun 13, 2017 Deborah Stanislawczyk
Jun 13, 2017 Melissa Pacheco
Jun 12, 2017 Anu Sathar
Jun 11, 2017 Ximena Suarez Lopez

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