Summer can be a very dangerous time for dogs — especially those dogs left inside hot vehicles. Every year, countless dogs die after being locked in cars while their guardians work, visit, shop, or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable. Most people simply don’t realize how quickly closed, unattended cars or trucks can become
stifling death traps.
Why people don’t remember this completely annoys us here at Sheltie Nation. We rank this right up there with leaving children in cars. This is really a common sense “no no”.Regardless, we all have at one point or the other, opened a car door in the summer to a wave of heat or sat down on a too hot car seat. Is it really that big of a leap of logic to imagine how a dog (or any animal) would feel being trapped inside?
Did you know…When it’s 85 degrees out, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows left slightly open, can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and can reach 120 in just half an hour? (At 107 degrees, dogs begin to suffer brain damage.)
To help spread the word The Animal Protection Institute (API) has launched a newly designed website, www.MyDogisCool.com packed with life saving tips and resources such as windshield fliers, millions of which have been distributed since the start of the campaign. The national outreach effort also includes materials and warning notices for stores and public places.
Through the website www.mydogiscool.com, you’ll learn about what you can do to protect dogs from the dangers of hot cars. You can find out how quickly cars heat up in warm weather, whether it’s too hot to take your dog along that day, and how to get the word out that it’s just not cool to leave a dog in a hot car, even for “just a minute.”
On warm or hot days, leave your dog at home. Even better, purchase the API fliers (25 for $3.00) to leave in your own glove box in case you come across a dog you suspect may be in need of help. You might just educate a complete idiot & save a precious dogie life. But if you see a dog in distress, do not hesitate to call the authorities!
To purchase the flyers: http://www.mydogiscool.com/b_flyer.php
Thanks to puppup for the Sheltie in the car shot. We know it wasn’t hot that day!