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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

As summer temperatures rise, so do the number of beloved pets lost to vehicular heat stroke. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), that number reaches the hundreds every year.

This isn't surprising considering that even on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to almost 100º F in just 20 minutes — less time than it takes for a grocery store run. That's dangerously hot by any standard, but especially for dogs, who lack the sweat glands we humans have to regulate body temperature.

Most tragically, nearly all of these incidents happen by accident due to simple misjudgments of time or weather.

But recent "Right to Rescue" laws in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio are creating a safety net. In these states, concerned bystanders can now forcefully break into locked vehicles to free trapped dogs (and kids) without facing civil liability. We think it's high time the rest of the country followed suit!

You can't put a price on a precious life, and no one should hesitate to save one for fear of being sued. Sign below to urge the USDA to give us the right to rescue endangered pets!

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Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Care,

As concerned pet parents, we are horrified to see continued reports of innocent pet deaths due to vehicular heat stroke. Not only are these tragic deaths completely avoidable, they're also largely inadvertent, results of owners' simple misjudgment of time or temperature.

Recent "Right to Rescue" laws in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio give good Samaritans the right to forcefully free trapped dogs (and kids) from parked cars without facing civil liability, and we want to see this privilege extended nationally.

We propose an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act whereby concerned bystanders can break into enclosed vehicles to free trapped pets without the risk of financial liability.

No one wants to see innocent pets die, and no one should hesitate to save one for fear of being sued. We urge you to take action on this issue now, before even more innocent lives are lost.


Petition Signatures

Mar 21, 2018 Debra Grimes Pets are animals are precious and we need to protect them if nobody else does
Mar 21, 2018 Chrystal Fleming
Mar 21, 2018 Traci Castle
Mar 21, 2018 Angela Alexander
Mar 21, 2018 Laura Davidson
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Carole Gathman
Mar 21, 2018 Angela Ferreira
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Marthanna K Jacobs
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Candi Larson
Mar 21, 2018 eden lake
Mar 21, 2018 Karen Evenson
Mar 21, 2018 DM Degenhart
Mar 21, 2018 Penny Huneycutt
Mar 21, 2018 Nayeon Kim
Mar 21, 2018 Dawna Brown Let us help without worry.
Mar 21, 2018 Roxanne Black
Mar 20, 2018 Crystal Guillory
Mar 20, 2018 Ilonca Lindsey
Mar 20, 2018 Tracie Kho
Mar 20, 2018 Ellie Andersen Especially in Arizona heat
Mar 20, 2018 Carmen Exline
Mar 20, 2018 Phila Hoopes
Mar 20, 2018 Kris Wild
Mar 20, 2018 Sylvia Ackerman
Mar 20, 2018 Gladys Silva
Mar 20, 2018 Patty Currey
Mar 20, 2018 Marie Cowan
Mar 20, 2018 Irina Evans
Mar 20, 2018 Cathy Miura
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2018 Doris Schwab
Mar 20, 2018 patricia Wilson
Mar 20, 2018 Teresa Grandinetti
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 Heidi Kirby
Mar 20, 2018 Lothar Schmidt
Mar 20, 2018 Ursula Bellof
Mar 20, 2018 Karola Windweh
Mar 20, 2018 Barbara Miller
Mar 20, 2018 Fallon Rudolph
Mar 20, 2018 Stephanie Ayan
Mar 20, 2018 Star Grose We should always be able to rescue an animal from a hot car ... freezing outside in the cold... anywhere they are in danger!!
Mar 20, 2018 vanessa Jack
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2018 Joy Fox
Mar 20, 2018 Marcella Bogle
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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