Hot Cars are Death Traps for Dogs

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Posted July 1, 2013 by Rachelle Owen

Summer’s officially here! Temperatures are rising and it’s starting to get pretty toasty outside. While you or your family might be tempted to let your dog tag along with you while you run some quick errands, it’s much safer to leave your dog at home. 

Dogs left in cars can suffer heat stroke and even death. Keep in mind, they don’t have sweat glands and they wear fur coats 365 days a year.

On a mild 73ºF day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120ºF in 30 minutes.

Cracking car windows doesn’t make a real difference in the temperature either. Animals can suffer and die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes, so by the time you pop in and out of the store or a restaurant, it may already be too late. If you’re out and about and you see a dog trapped in a car, take down the car’s information, try to find the owner, and contact local authorities immediately. Have someone keep an eye on the dog while you’re doing this.

Help spread the word about how dangerous it is to keep dogs trapped in cars by printing out some of our “Don’t Let Your Dog Get Hot Under the Collar” leaflets!


On behalf of all the pooches that would rather be chillin’ at home and enjoying the AC this summer, thank you! Woof woof!

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  • Profile photo of alexblue

    870 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Thanks for the reminder and printable…will definitely keep a stack in the car to post and pass around.

  • 1921 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    in fact, i never have one of them in my house, but i’m a kitten lovers. never put them inside the bag or car (i don’t have any car). what a pity if someone put them on a hotty-hot car…

  • 1989 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I take my kitty everywhere, and I ALWAYS have fresh COLD water in the car, I leave the windows down as much as possible and I have a little battery powered fan in the back for him. He loves it (:
    But a lot of people are extremely irresponsible about taking their pets with them, I wish they all knew how dangerous it is =/

  • 1996 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I did a lol like kylie i put a note on a persons car who had a dog pacing in the back seat from being scared and to hot trying not to die

  • 1997 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I don’t know if anyone heard this but down here in Alabama, a police officer left his K9 partner in a hot vehicle and the dog ended up being found dead.
    Hot cars ARE death traps.

  • 1997 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I just did something about this yesterday! some person left two dogs in their little white car, so i wrote a note and stuck it on their windshield. hopefully they get that they can’t leave their dogs in the car. it isn’t okay, and it’s so dangerous.

  • 2000 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Write to your local papers and ask them to warn their readers about leaving dogs in hot cars!

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