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. 

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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.

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.

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!

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