By Gary Bogue
Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 6:44 am in Hot Cars.
As weather heats up, so does a national campaign to stop dogs from dying in hot cars
United Animal Nations (UAN), a national non-profit animal protection group, has launched its “My Dog is Cool” campaign to prevent dogs and other animals and kids from dying in hot cars during warm-weather months.
Every year, dogs (and kids) die after being locked inside cars while their owners leave them to shop or run errands, often for “just a few minutes.” These tragedies occur with alarming frequency, yet the animals’ deaths are completely preventable.
“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 UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.
** A Stanford University test found that when it is 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature can rocket to 116 degrees F. within an hour, even with windows cracked.
** When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.
** A dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.
The lifesaving Web site http://www.MyDogIsCool.com is a free, friendly resource to help spread the word about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. Resources include:
** “It’s hot!” fliers that people can leave on a windshield if they see a dog unattended in a hot car
** A weather forecasting tool that allows pet owners to enter their zip code to see if it is too hot to take their dog in the car
** Free downloadable “hot temperature warning” posters that can be hung in store windows
http://www.MyDogIsCool.com provides everything people need to know to keep dogs safe during hot weather.
United Animal Nations focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at http://www.uan.org
On hot days, please don’t take your pets with you in your car. If you have to take your young child with you … please take your child INTO the store with you. It is NOT safe to leave kids or pets in the car. Thanks for caring. /Gary