Urgent Alert: Dogs in Hot Cars

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:45am
Dogs in Hot Cars

As summer heats up, it’s tempting to bring your pet with you on car rides around town. Sadly, many people believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees in less than 30 minutes.

Worse still, dog can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. That’s why leaving an animal alone in a car is more than just a bad idea, it’s a form of animal cruelty. And since the ASPCA can’t be everywhere at all times, we need YOU to be our eyes and ears on the ground.

To help save animals from dying in hot cars, take the following actions:

  • Immediately call animal control or 911 if you see an animal trapped in a hot car. Local law officials have the ability to enter the vehicle and rescue the pet.
  • Do not leave until help has arrived.
  • Notify the managers of nearby businesses so they can make an urgent announcement.
  • Sign our Hot Car Pledge to help save lives this summer and all year long.

We are working hard to spread awareness about the dangers of hot cars, but all too often, the difference between life and death comes down to the actions of individuals like you. We hope you will join our cause by keeping an eye out for dogs in distress, and by making a donation today. Together, we can prevent more tragedies and make this summer our safest season yet.

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Very well said Sharon! My feelings exactly!


Beautiful said!


OMG!! Sharon I am with you hundred percent. I love the way you express yourself, I wish I could do the same. GOD BLESS you and we need a lot more people like you.


Really good point about the coat!


It is unbelievable how stupid (yes, stupid) and short sighted some people can be. What kind of an idiot would leave a baby or an animal in a car hot or not??? They do not deserve the friendship and/or love of children or animals.


Well said Victoria, I agree with you and would bust out any window for a pet or a child no matter what the consequences. The backwards part is I would probably punished worse than the perpetrator.


If I see a dog in a closed car, I will run into a store and shout out that whoever has the dog should come out and release it NOW. If the weather isn't too hot, the car windows are slightly open, and the dog seems to be ok, I will wait outside the car, keep an eye on it, and wait the owner returns. Then I will let that driver know how dangerous it is to leave a pet in a car and encourage him.her to leave
the pet at home. I tell the story of my brother's girlfriend, who killed her dog by heatstroke.


I went to the grocery and saw panting inside a car, it was very hot and humid, the windows were rolled down about an inch. I went inside the store & inquired if they would announce it & they did, I was grateful to them. I went out & stood by the car. This man came out, cussing me & calling me horrid names. I was shocked. Then he said, "I love my dog" He was so mean & hateful. So I replied, "If you loved your dog, you would roll the windows down or better still, leave your dog at home!" He was horrible, I figured this dog probably has it bad at home too. ??!! Wished I took his license plate. Guess I was so blown away by his foul mouth!

Rene (Tony)

You're a nice person, Carol. He's lucky I wasn't around because I'm not so nice in cases like this. I don't cuss as a matter of regularity, but I'm able and ready to out-cuss the worst of them. I know, my mom would no be proud of me...


Judy you are so right. We live in a mixed up world!!