Every summer, thousands of dogs suffer and die when their guardians leave them alone in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand.
1. Imagine being locked inside a parked car on a hot summer day.
5. If it’s too hot for you, it’s even worse for dogs because their bodies can’t sweat to cool down. They can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.
7. It’s a gruesome, terrifying way to die—dogs struggle to escape the vehicle, often salivating heavily, losing control of their bladder and bowels, and clawing the car windows so violently that their paws become bloodied.
8. Are you coming back? I don’t know how much longer I can take this.
9. Remember: Even if you think you could handle the heat, your dog may not be able to.
It’s our duty to help animals in need and keep them safe—dogs in hot cars are no exception. They need you! If you ever see a dog locked inside a hot car, don’t be shy—take action! Here’s what to do:
1. Write down the car’s make, model, and license plate number, or take a picture.
2. Alert local businesses and have them page the car’s owner.
3. Call local humane authorities, police, or 911 (this is an emergency!).
4. Never leave the scene until help arrives. If the guardian or authorities don’t arrive in a timely manner and you think the dog’s life is in danger, find witnesses who back your assessment and take other measures to free the animal from the car, then continue to wait for the authorities to arrive. Do whatever it takes—the dog’s life may depend on it.
5. Check this out for more ways to spread the word with printable leaflets, a shareable image for Facebook, and more!