The dog days of summer are upon us. When the weather heats up, so do the efforts to keep America’s dogs out of parked cars. Every year, beloved family dogs die waiting in sweltering parked cars for their people to return. And it’s no wonder. The inside of a car heats up very quickly and even more stunning is this result: a cracked car window barely slows the temperature rise at all.


According to the United Animal Nations, a national non-profit animal protection group, even leaving your dog for “just a minute” may be too long. When it’s 85° outside, the temperature inside a car – even with the windows left slightly open – can soar to 102° in 10 minutes, and reach 120° in just a half an hour. A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5° and they can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108° for only a very short period of time. And on hotter days, the temperature will climb even higher; outside temperatures in the 70s can be dangerous as well.


“People mean well by taking their dogs or other animals along with them while they work, visit, shop or run errands, but warm weather can turn a car into a death trap,” said United Animal Nations President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. It’s too late for the countless canine casualties of summers’ past. But this year, there’s something we all can do to help pup passengers everywhere. Join ranks with the United Animal Nations by sharing this lifesaving information in your community. Just look at the free resources you can access on their site,


See How Quickly Temperatures Rise Inside Cars Thanks to a study by the Animal Protection Institute, see how outside temperatures compare with the inside temperatures of an automobile with windows fully closed, with four windows cracked, and with two windows cracked.


Don’t Leave Me in Here, It’s Hot! Fliers. Download or order these informative fliers to have on hand. You never know when you’ll spot a doggie in a parked car. Just stick this flier under the windshield to prevent a repeat offense.


Hot Temperature Warning Posters. Download these handy safety posters for your local retailers to hang in their windows.

Now it’s your turn. Help crack the window myth and raise awareness about the dangers of leaving dogs in parked cars. Remember: Friends don’t let friends leave dogs in hot cars. Pass it on!


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See how temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car