Help save dogs from dying in hot cars this summer

MyDogIsCool.com, a site that heps folks save dogs from dying in hot cars, has some great tips and materials to help spread the word about how to be responsible pet parents during the hot summer months.

The “dog days” of summer can be dangerous for dogs — especially those dogs left inside hot cars. Every year, countless dogs die after being locked in cars while their owners work, visit, shop, or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.

Because many states allow only assistance dogs to be brought into stores or malls, some people take their dogs along on errands but leave them in the car. This can be deadly.

A little heat outside a car can quickly make it very hot inside. On a summer’s day of only 85 degrees Fahrenheit, for example, even keeping the windows slightly open won’t stop the inside temperature from climbing to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and to 120 degrees in 20 minutes. A dog whose body temperature rises to 107-108 degrees will within a very short time suffer irreparable brain damage — or even death.

UAN’s “Don’t Leave Me in Here — It’s Hot!” flier has saved countless animals’ lives over the years. With its tips on prevention and treatment, the flier has proven to be a painless reminder that alerts someone of the dangers of leaving animals in the car while he or she is shopping. Whenever you see a parked car with animals inside, place the “Don’t Leave Me in Here — It’s Hot!” flier under the windshield wiper. (If you see an animal in imminent danger or a child left unattended inside a car, see the store manager or contact the police.)

Go print out your own flyers to distribute or buy some here.

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3 thoughts on “Help save dogs from dying in hot cars this summer

  1. Wow. What timing. We just saw a doggie locked up in a car with the windows up today, on a very warm afternoon. We wanted to scream! Lucky for the human that they weren’t around, or I would’ve “educated” them in my own obnoious way.

    Thank you for the flyer link, we’re going to have some printed up.

  2. I travel from state to state on the east coast – is there a federal law on what you can do if you find a dog in a hot car or do the laws vary from state to state? I found a small dog in a locked car on a Target supermarket carpark in Lithonia, GA – I informed the store who somewhat reluctantly put out a call for the owner. I tried to catch the owner as she came out of the store, but she saw me first and ran for it – I sadly doubt if the dog survived as it was 86F outside and I have no idea how long the poor mite had been there for.

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