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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 would do what it takes to get dog out while calling police. Dog comes first. If I am fined then so be it. I wouldn't bother with the owner forst. Chance are if they are stupid enough to do this. they will be not be cooperative about fixing it.

Michelle Docchio

I would bust the window if the doors are locked and then call the police. This crap can only be done by the incredibly stupid and abusive people!


I would definitely be tempted to bust a window. Realistically, I would alert whoever was in charge of the location we were at, then call the police. It depends where we were and if I saw the driver. There's a regular customer at the retail store I work at that leaves her car running with the windows up and the A/C or heat on when she leaves her dog to shop.

rocky reuter

as some have already stated, i too would first break the window to make sure the dog didn't suffer any further, then call police and wait for them to show.

Jagdish Mittal

Dogs must not be locked in cars in stead they may left at home where they will feel more comfortable

Stacey B.

Call 911. Break the window. Pray that Jesus keeps me from smacking the stupidness out of the owner. Take pic of owner & put on animal abuse website.


As many have stated I would break the window but would be very nervous about the consequences. Any police officers out there to tell us what trouble we would be in afterwards ?


The actions I would take would be the same as I would if it were a child locked in a hot car...why act differently?

Kris Ruffner

Well, I had the same idea to request permission to hang a flyer on the door of my local Publix in Florida. Their response was that they do not allow any flyers to be posted regardless of content on their entry doors for any reason, but that I was welcome to contact their corporate offices. Makes me reconsider shopping there.

Tatiana Chavez

I Publix defense I want to let you know that I managed to get persmission from several store managers in Miami to place flyers either by the entrance or on their messages board for the big mega adoption event that a local shelter was running.
My advise if it doesn't work with one manager, try another during a different shift. And when you ask nicely and explain that it is for the helpless animals help, normally you get a good response.