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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

Jun 22, 2018 Johnny Stetz
Jun 22, 2018 Carol Jakobovits
Jun 22, 2018 Jes Conti
Jun 22, 2018 Dottie Viar
Jun 22, 2018 staceyann retenski
Jun 22, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jun 22, 2018 Joan Hoover
Jun 22, 2018 Elizabeth Fresh
Jun 22, 2018 Clark Rankin
Jun 22, 2018 Emily Johnson
Jun 22, 2018 Dennis Johnson
Jun 22, 2018 Stephanie A Smith
Jun 22, 2018 Jeffrey Diehl
Jun 22, 2018 Tracey Martin
Jun 22, 2018 Marilyn Martin
Jun 21, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 20, 2018 Chriss Wood
Jun 20, 2018 Heather Yargus
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 ISABEL SOBRAL
Jun 19, 2018 Darlene Roepke
Jun 19, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
Jun 19, 2018 Rebecca Carter
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 Meredith Knee
Jun 19, 2018 John Frevert
Jun 19, 2018 Michael Sackar
Jun 19, 2018 Denise Grudzen
Jun 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2018 J Trainor
Jun 18, 2018 Pamela Hermes
Jun 18, 2018 Sandra Creswell
Jun 18, 2018 Mary Ainsworth Never take your canine out if hot or you plan on leaving him inside the car while you run an errand...better to leave them at home in air conditioned home and find them safe.
Jun 18, 2018 vickie Stafford Don't leave your animals in the car unless you are going to stay with them. You try sitting in a car on a hot day with the windows up and see how you feel. Then next time think about the animal. The vet, grooming and going to the park are fine.
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Fraser Animals only need to be in your vehicle if taking them to and from the vet, a grooming appointnent, the dog park, or one destination to another. Plan your stops without your pet in your vehicle. Nothing can be that important to risk an animal's life!
Jun 18, 2018 Feioma Murray
Jun 18, 2018 Sylvia Castle I don't understand why this is so hard to understand!!! People found guilty of this crime should be subjected to the same punishment!!! In AZ it is hot in the car with the air conditioning running!!!
Jun 18, 2018 Chris Macy
Jun 18, 2018 Jeanette Shonkwiler
Jun 18, 2018 Carol Hagarty
Jun 18, 2018 Cynthia Allen
Jun 18, 2018 Sarah Young
Jun 18, 2018 Evelyn Kortright
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Gwen Young My therapy Dog a Golden Retriever goes with me but if I must go in with hot Louisiana weather going on then I don’t take him along on the ride. He loves rides so I’ll treat him for a short ride whenever I get back home.
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed) If convicted of doing this, Punishment should BEGIN with being locked in a car in the same temp, in a seatbelt hands & legs RESTRICTED. (Children & pets are unable to fight their way out, & neither should they be able to) Let temp rise for 20 minutes.

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