It takes only minutes to save a life
When the weather gets warmer, leaving a pet in a locked car can be devastating. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.
If you see a pet locked in a hot car
- Look around to see if the owner is nearby
- Take down the make, model and license plate number of the car
- Ask the nearby businesses to make an announcement with the vehicles information
- Call the non-emergency police number to report the vehicle
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPEN THE VEHICLE! Wait for the authorities to arrive.
Other ways to help
- Get informed: Learn your town’s laws about leaving pets in hot cars.
- Be ready to call for help: Gather essential telephone numbers and have them on hand. You’ll want to have your local animal control agency’s number and the police department’s non-emergency number so you can quickly report the situation. Keep these numbers in your purse, your car’s glove compartment or programmed into your phone.
- Get involved: Ask local store managers, shopping malls, restaurants and other businesses to post signs asking customers not to leave their pets in their cars while shopping or dining.
Cool outside doesn’t mean cool in the car
It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:
- Rolling down windows has little effect on the temperature inside a car.
- When it’s 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees within 60 minutes.
- When it’s 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees within 10 minutes.
If you would like more information:
- Ask your veterinarian for advise on traveling with your pet
- Hot Weather Pet Safety Tips from ASPCA.ORG
- Humane Society of America
- Contact your local humane society for more tip also!
- Check out our YouTube Channel for a video with Dr. Ernie Ward