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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.

Comments

Comments

Sue

Valerie, your method is pretty much the one I follow. There was a period of time when I was visiting my sister 4 hours away from where I lived. Then I bought a house there for when I was to retire to in about 1 1/2 yrs. During that time, my Charlie and I were on that 4-hr trip once or twice a month, mainly interstate. I never saw a dog that loved car rides like my Charlie. He lays on the console (with pillows filling the the gap from the floor up to the level of the back seat.... and watches everything we pass. We stopped at all rest stops. During the summer months, I'd have the car as cool as I could get it, open and shut the door FAST so as not to let the cool air out, and rush to the restroom ASAP. I always, first, set my phone alarm for 5 min's...just in case I might get distracted (which I don't recall ever happening). Anyway, the car never got too hot, and Charlie was fine. There was really no other way to do it. I also don't think it's a good idea to leave the locked car running for the same reasons.

Ms B

Carolyn - I travel as well and I carry two sets of keys. I leave one in the ignition with the AC running and the doors locked while I stop at the rest area facility. The second set opens the car and then we both take a walk and a rest room break for the dog. I never leave her in the car even with the AC going for longer than 5 to 10 minutes in the event the motor dies. Have to be vigilant at all times. Happy traveling.

Lee Ann

Amen to that!!!

Rene (Tony)

Victoria, you're too nice calling these PEOPLE "stupid". I'm not as nice, I call them imbeciles for starters and dumb-asses as a regular choice of words. My wife pleads with me to not be so "angry" when people choose to own pets (who really don't have any business having pets) and make these helpless creature's lives uncomfortable, or even painful. There should be a special place in hell for people who are cruel to animals.

lee

because people are selfish, and i have seen women leave their babies in car seats, on top of their vehicles, talking on cell phones, as a police officer, that is a hard decision, as to how to stop them and not get them to panic. i think that some folks have pets just because it is the thing to do, and not realize it is a lifetime commitment.

Victoria

You see it all the time, the dog that is tied up in the back yard with only the essentials of life(shelter, food and water) because the new puppy has grown up and not been taught how to be a good part of the family, they think all puppy behavior is cute then you have an adult dog who jumps and plays too rough so out he goes, it's despicable but not against the law, how unfortunate!

Victoria

You see it all the time, the dog that is tied up in the back yard with only the essentials of life(shelter, food and water) because the new puppy has grown up and not been taught how to be a good part of the family, they think all puppy behavior is cute then you have an adult dog who jumps and plays too rough so out he goes, it's despicable but not against the law, how unfortunate!

Hilde Dewey

Wish communities could form pet patrols where people would check cars in hot weather for pets, especially in malls and shopping centers. Then if the owner is nowhere to be found, call 911.

A. Street/Austi...

Hilde,
You and other's can be your own pet patrol's.. during the summer months. I have been doing this for many years now. I drive around with flyer's like the one posted on this sight that educate people and can be left on the windshield of the person's car. Most importantly is you want to get the pet out of the situation in a hurry! You do not need a bunch of people to make a difference. Educate your friends and pass out flyer's for friends, neighbors and co-workers. Spread the news....Everyone can be pet patroller.
Andrea S./Austin Texas

Lee

others, patrols, flyers... you DO NOT NEED an apostrophe for plural.

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