What to Do If You See a Pet in a Parked Car?

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death on pets.

How to help a pet left in a hot car?

  1. Take down the car’s make, model and license plate number.
  2. If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner. Many people are unaware of the danger of leaving pets in hot cars and will quickly return to their vehicle once they are alerted to the situation.
  3. If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive. In several states good Samaritans can legally remove animals from cars under certain circumstances, so be sure to know the laws in your area and follow any steps required.
  4. Rolling the down windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

Other ways to help

  1. Get informed

    Learn your town’s and state’s laws about leaving pets in hot cars. An increasing amount of states prohibit leaving pets in hot cars, and some grant immunity to good Samaritans who must rescue pets in visible distress.

  2. 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.

  3. Spread the word

    Distribute Waggle Pet Travel Guide PDF, which spells out the dangers of leaving pets in RVs/cars.

  4. 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. A huge part of the solution to this problem is raising awareness.

  5. Speak up

    If your town or state doesn’t have a law prohibiting leaving pets in parked cars, contact your local representatives or attend a town hall meeting to start lobbying for one.

  6. Monitor the Pet’s Environment Temperature

    Use the latest technology to Keep your pet comfortable and safeMonitor the environment temperature of the pets to keep them safe wherever you.

Cool outside doesn’t mean cool in the car. Download and share our Pet Travel Guide. It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside.

Here are some facts

  1. When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.
  2. When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.
  3. Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

Source: This content was created by the Humane Society.




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