Animal Writes
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From 6 June 2004 Issue

Help Save Dogs This Summer
From Animal Protection Institute - [email protected]

Every year near the start of summer, we begin to hear news stories about young children dying in hot cars. What we hear about less often, because they are rarely reported, are the cases in which companion dogs die similar, terrible deaths.

These animalsí deaths are tragedies that occur with alarming frequency, yet are entirely preventable. That is why API is launching a national initiative ó "My Dog Is Cool ... Is Yours?" ó just in time for the hot weather season. With your help, we can save dogs from heat-related deaths this summer.

As the summer heats up, itís important that people be made aware of the dangers of leaving their companion animals inside hot cars. Every year, dogs die after being locked inside cars while their guardians work, visit, shop, or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.

Warm weather can literally be a killer for a dog left inside a car. When itís 85 degrees out, the temperature inside a car ó even with the windows left slightly open ó can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and reach 120 in just half an hour. On hotter days, the temperature will climb even higher. Outside temperatures in the 70s can be dangerous, as well.

As with the tragic deaths of young children locked in hot cars, the deaths of companion dogs are not usually deliberate acts. You may already be aware of the risk, but most people simply donít realize how quickly closed, unattended cars or trucks can become stifling death traps. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be prevented ó with your help. Your assistance is invaluable in our effort to spread the word about how dangerous hot cars are for dogs.

How to Help

* Contact API for a supply of our "Donít Leave Me in Here ó Itís Hot!" flyers. Click here to place an order.... ( ) Keep a stack handy when you go out shopping, go to work, run errands, etc.

* When temperatures rise and you see a dog in a parked car, slip a "Donít Leave Me in Here ó Itís Hot!" flyer under the carís windshield wiper. When the dogís guardian returns to the car, they will find the educational flyer and, we hope, think twice about leaving their companion in a hot car again.

* If you come across a dog already in heat-related distress, call the local police department and/or animal control. The dog should be drenched in cool water immediately, and taken to a veterinarian for emergency treatment. Signs of heat exhaustion include excessive panting, drooling, a bright red tongue, weakness, staggering, seizures, and eventual loss of consciousness.

* Ask your local shops, supermarkets, restaurants, libraries, and other public places to help educate more people about the dangers of leaving a dog in a car in the summertime by distributing "Donít Leave Me in Here ó Itís Hot!" flyers to their patrons.

* Write a Letter to the Editor.... ( of your local newspaper, urging readers to leave their dogs at home on warm days. Contact API for information about how to pass an ordinance and/or a policy in your community relating to not leaving animals unattended in a vehicle on a warm day. Thank you for helping save dogsí lives this summer! For more information, please see

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