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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.

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love my fur-baby

Some tend to forget that animals feel pain and discomfort just as humans do. They just can't verbally express it as we do. They are also much too forgiving. I believe the "do unto others" quote should apply to animals too. Remember you pet has a fur coat on all year round so when you sit in your car with the windows up to see what it feels like, put a fur coat on (fake fur please) to even up the odds.


I agree with everyone who made a comment, from animals having feelings of pain, discomfort, heat, hunger and so on. I dearly love & respect every animal that God has created. It never ceases to amaze me on a daily basis of the mindless, heartless morons that abuse, abandon, starve and torture these precious souls. All we can do is be their voice, rescue, adopt, report and donate to the great rescue groups who work so hard to make the world better for animals. I can't stomach what goes on, and we can only hope that one day it will no longer exist because the fines and penalties will deter all the horrible things that the human race has done. You know...all they want is love and they are the MOST precious beings ever. If only we could all live, love, trust & forgive as they do. Think about it, they are at our very mercy. They do NOT have choices, and they certainly did not ask to be born, nor did they ask for such horrible treatment.


What a very heartfelt statement. I couldn't have said it better. I am proud to be a member of such a great organization. You were very eloquent. I wish everyone shared your kind heart. Well done Sharon.


Well said -thank you for pitting it into words!!


Well said Sharon! All animals are precious and we have to be their voice. I also love and respect every animal created by God. They deserve all our love because they give us so much in return. I am proud to be a member of the ASPCA and I commend them for the support and care they provide for all our best friends.

Nancy Spilberg

Wonderfully said.


You summed it up beautifully. Mercy and empathy are so lacking in today's modern world. We need millions of caring people to fight this worthy cause.


Every word written here is well put and absolutely correct. But until the fines and penalties are so huge it really does financial damage to the abuser it will not stop. What will be a huge step in stopping these monsters is a National Database and Registry for ANIMAL Abusers! We are way past needing this. Do whatever you can in your area to work to make this happen. If enough of us agree, we can do it!


Helen, I agree. As animals lovers, all have kind words but until we use that energy to fight for better/ stronger laws, etc., unfortunally, these subjects [abuse, neglect...]are all too common. People who are not as sensitive to animals, seem to PAY more attention when the law can go into their pocket. Come on law makers; hear our voices!

charry moore

I fully agree with
you , & the words you put down are my thoughts exactly.