It shouldn’t have to be said, but I’ll say it anyway.
Don’t leave your dog alone in your car. Even for a minute. Because sometimes, running into a store for a minute turns into 5 minutes, or 10 minutes. You know what it’s like at Walmart, when there are only two or three checkout lanes open, and it’s the cashier’s first day on the job. Your “quick stop” can easily turn into twenty or thirty minutes, and that could be a death sentence for an animal left alone in a hot car.
Leave your dog at home if you’re going someplace where he can’t go in with you. Did you know that if it’s 84 degrees outside, the inside temperature of your car is about 98 degrees, even with the window cracked? That’s too hot for a dog or human to wait while you’re in a store!
If you see an animal locked in a hot car, you should do two things: first and foremost, immediately call 911 and be prepared to give the location of the car as well as the license plate number. Second, if you’re in a store parking lot, go into the store and go to the customer service desk. Ask them to page the owner of the car and when that person comes to the customer service desk, let them know you’ve called 911.
Not doing something makes YOU as guilty as the person who left the animal in a hot car.
Please share this post with your friends to let them know the dangers of leaving pets (and people) alone in a hot car, even with the windows cracked, even for “just a minute”.