It Takes Only Minutes: Please Don’t Leave Pets in Hot Cars!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 9:45am

Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke and suffocation when left in parked cars. It happens most often when people make quick stops—the dry cleaners, the bank or the local deli. Folks, we need to be clear on this: It takes only minutes for your pet to face death—and it doesn’t have to be that hot out. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees. Even with the windows cracked. 

You can help save pets from dying in hot cars. Simply take the following actions: 

  • Educate people. Hang this printable flyer [PDF] up in your local grocery store, veterinary hospital, animal shelter and other local businesses.

  • If you see something, say something. If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call animal control or 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicle and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.

  • Try to find the car’s owner. If you are out and you see a dog locked in a car, tell the nearby store manager immediately. Don't be shy.

  •  And please, no matter how much your dog loves to go along when you run errands, don't take a chance. Leave her home where she is safe. 

For more information, visit our Summer Safety Tips!

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I'd call ARL, if no action from them or the police in a very short time I'd break the window and get the dog out, it would be worth any trouble it got me into. Heck, I may not even wait for the police!


I would break the window THEN call the police. No tolerance for such stupidity and abuse!!


I agree! I have a baseball bat in my car for such a rescue operation, should it arise. The police can sort it out when they get there. I just want the animal to be safe.


I would call police, AC, and check in stores, AND crack the window any way I could! People are so 'mindless' - how would they like to be stuck in a locked up car and no a/c, or even a COLD car, etc. If thats' how they treat their pets - how in the world do they treat their children, grrrr


WTH?!?! Shouldn't that be the other way around?? If that's how they treat their children, then...


This happened to me last week. I went in to Ross's dept. store and asked them to call out other PA system. The refused but I did see the girl run out after she finished her shopping .She heard me yelling out to all in the store. It was 90%deg out side.

Tiffany Featherson

I'd first try to open the door,...If locked,..I'd call local law enforcement and probably bust a window to release the pet and worry about getting in trouble later,....

In these circumstances, every second counts. If we take the time to discuss, wonder and hesitate then the animal or child would suffer a hideously tortured slow death. So, I would break the window and ask questions later.


I'd bust open the window and save the dog/cat. Then call the police. Oh yeah and I'd take a picture first as proof for the police.

Jill P

I would...Go inside the store and have it announced over the loud speaker that some a**hole left their dog in the car to suffocate. (O.K. I wouldn't be so rude) But pleaaase!!! Perhaps calling Ac first would be smart!