You love your dog right? That’s why you should NEVER leave your dog in a hot car—better yet … you shouldn’t even leave your dog in a warm car.

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than ten minutes. That is pretty effin hot, my friends.

Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you see a dog left alone in a car

Write down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the store where the car is parked, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Absolutely DO NOT leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. This is a matter of life and death.

If police are unresponsive or too slow …

And the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment (? important), take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, or lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get her or him into the shade immediately and call your veterinarian. Lower the animal’s body temperature gradually by providing water to drink, applying a cold towel or ice pack to the head, neck, and chest, or immersing the dog in lukewarm (not cold) water.

Thanks for being a hero for dogs! ?