Dogs in Hot Cars Need You

Posted by Ian Elwood, ALDF Online Editor on July 1, 2014

We have all seen the sad story in the news about a neglectful dog owner who goes into a store “just for a minute” and returns to find his dog dead inside the car, where, on hot days, interior temperatures can reach over 160 degrees in just ten minutes. In happier endings, the police arrive to smash the car window to rescue the dog in time.

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Protect dogs wherever you park.

Each year as summer approaches, ALDF does our best to help prevent these avoidable cases of negligence—and this year, our supporters played a bigger-than-ever part in spreading the word! Our May Facebook post about dogs in hot cars reached over 43 million newsfeeds, and it was shared over a million times. It was heartening to see so many people take up the cause with such enthusiasm—and now you can join us in continuing this campaign!

By taking action today, you can keep your own car cool while delivering the message directly to your local parking lots. We designed our new Dogs in Hot Cars Sunshade so you can make a bold statement wherever you park. The design reminds people passing by that cars can be lethal to dogs, even on seemingly mild days. The lettering is large enough to be seen from across the lot, and urges people to call 911 to report trapped dogs, sending a message to the authorities that overheating is indeed an emergency for our canine friends.

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Order yours today! Your purchase helps support ALDF and the lifesaving work that we do.

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You can also take action in one of the following ways:

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38 thoughts on “Dogs in Hot Cars Need You

  1. Tess Goodman says:

    Great! My only wish is that it made reference to it being a CRIME (animal cruelty).

  2. Marsha K Kravetz says:

    Why not say :
    Don’t leave any ANY ANIMAL in a
    HOT CAR !!

    1. Jen fitz says:

      I agree of it said dogs and cats or any animal that would be so much better. I think I’ll still buy one, I’ll just add that with a marker.

  3. Cee says:

    I like the design and the idea of the sun shade. I just want to make sure it stays readable for longest time and doesn’t fade. I remember that blue colors on signs seem to last, but I think your signs will still be readable even if the yellow fades.

    1. Jayedda says:

      I just ordered a shade and I also printed out the poster they have that you can download, it prints out on standard size paper….if the shade fades, I’ll just put the poster on the sunshade….I live in sun intensive area also.

  4. LISA says:

    ONLY THING IS……IS THAT I WOULDNT WAIT FOR 911 COPS TO GET THERE AS IT COULD BE TOO LATE……I’D BREAK THE WINDOW AND GET THE DOG OUT AS IN ARIZONA THE HEAT IS SO BAD THAT DEATH HAPPENS IN JUST A COUPLE MINUTES!

    1. Ashley says:

      When it comes to breaking a window to save an animal locked inside a car (while/after calling police), true good Samaritans are rarely charged with a crime….

      http://www.azfamily.com/news/Legal-to-break-car-window-for-dog-rescue-261843661.html

    2. Sheryl says:

      Absolutely Lisa! I do the same thing! Anybody that’s STUPID enough to leave a pet in a hot car, deserves to buy auto glass…EVERY SINGLE TIME!!

      1. Jean says:

        just be careful if you break window..glass on animal..dog may run/bite/, and where I live YOU are responsible for fixing the glass..which would be worth it to save it, just think before you do

  5. Richard says:

    Should add “Children”

    1. WW says:

      This is an “animal” page so their focus is on animals. While I would hope it would be common sense for both children and animals, people are more lax with their treatment of animals, they don’t have to worry about a murder charge if it dies.

  6. CL says:

    Call 911 to tell them you are about to bust the window, then try to get a person to video tape the situation for proof.

    1. Lyla mclean says:

      Except that you’ll be charged by the police. I say do it and run.

  7. connie blue says:

    These people need to be showed how it feels

  8. Christie Shey says:

    Is there one we can use in Australia? Note pads would be good too!

    1. ALDF says:

      Contact vmaurice@aldf.org for details on shipping overseas.

  9. Suzanne Bartlett says:

    I took a copy of this poster and I’m going to post them around town in lots of places so people will see them. If everyone posted in their area the message would be a constant reminder. Check with your local stores and ask them to post also gas stations and busy places

  10. Debbe Legano says:

    Should say DON’T LEAVE ANIMALS OR CHILDREN IN HOT CARS. You would make a fortune off these to benefit your program from animal owners and parents.

  11. Dorothy says:

    WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN HANDS < BUT WE ALSO NEED PERMISSION FROM THE POLICE TO BE ABLE TO BREAK THE WINDOWS < SO THEY SHOULD ALL HAVE THIS PERMISSION FROM ALL POLICE STATIONS WORLDWIDE !!! I'M TALKING NOW NOT LATER…..

  12. MooselyMaine says:

    How about we start a movement that requires automakers, re-sellers and folks, when they renew their plates, to place a heat sensitive placard in the windshield of their car that gives an accurate inside the car temperature measurement. Almost like a handicap parking placard. Anyone who sees an animal, let alone a person, in a car with a registered temperature of 90 degrees, is permitted to smash a window or call 911 or both.

  13. Michelle says:

    Thanks for this! I’d take “hot” out of the poster. People leave their dogs thinking it’s not hot out so it doesn’t apply to them. I’d have a simple graphic showing the temperature differential between inside and outside the car. or If you can’t climb into a sleeping bag and be cool in the car….

  14. jamie says:

    Well I think. as being a dog owner and we should be allowed to bring our pets in the store just like our kids we can bring in we should be allowed our dogs they our children just as well. or a place we can put our pet at well we go shopping in the stores.

    1. maria says:

      If you have to leave your dog in the car, turn the a/c on high and use the remote starter to turn the engine on. Leave a note on the dashboard saying the a/c is running and sit near a window if possible so you can keep an eye on the car.

    2. Lyla mclean says:

      Jamie, wouldn’t it be so much kinder to the dog to leave it home safe and comfortable?

      1. jamie says:

        Well what if you go on vacation and you and not to lieve it at the camp site or at home.

  15. Can this be mailed to Australia, with the correct phone number for Australia ?

    1. ALDF says:

      Contact vmaurice@aldf.org for details on shipping overseas.

  16. Vicki says:

    Good idea, but it should say Any Animal instead of dogs (no offense dog people).

  17. Lorrie says:

    Add Children to warning! Call 911, Animal Control and the Media. It is a crime in California to leave a pet in a car on a hot day it should be the same for children. Also you can break a window with your spare tire lug wrench. They can arrest me for breaking a car window before I would stand and watch a pet or child die waiting for authorities to respond.

  18. Linda says:

    I think it’s best to leave our pets at home on hot days…much safer

  19. Linda says:

    Forgot to say bring your kids in the store with you…they are ALWAYS allowed in stores:)

  20. Lyla mclean says:

    PS I carry foil windshield covers to put on cars to temporarily help the animal inside.

  21. rhonda walterich says:

    I speak for myself but to take my dog inside stores I wonder how I would get ANY shopping done. My dog is a good dog but in a crowded place with lots of dogs and people it would be all about him. Hes a social butterfly. Besides, other than Petsmart who wants to clean up the floors, dog hair on everything, fleas and how do you keep nasty or sick dogs from being brought in?. I dont want to expose my dog to that or the heat. SOLUTION-LEAVE DOGS HOME. THANK YOU !!!

  22. Kim Schaefer says:

    Is it possible to petition the big chain stores Target Walmart and others to put signs up in their parking lots. ?

  23. SHERRIE WILKINSON says:

    It should be the law not leave your dogs in a hot or cold car. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?

  24. SHERRIE WILKINSON says:

    this should be the law, WAY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO LEAVE A DOG IN A HOT OR COLD CAR?WHAT IS WONG WITH PEOPLE!?

  25. I operate a professional pet sitting service in Portland OR, and am a big supporter of your great organization. Agree with changing the wording to show inside/outside temps. Some will think “it’s not that hot” and their animals will die. Also agree it should be “animals” vs. “dog” (even though they are the most likely to be left.) Change the wording and I will buy it, and will tell my clients, too. Thanks for all your great work!

  26. Marylyn RIZZA says:

    And seen a lot of people with their cars running with the AC on with the dogs inside I wonder if this is okay

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