With summer fast approaching and temps in the South already approaching triple digits, heat this year [whether or not you believe in climate change] is a serious issue for our pets — particularly our dogs. The Animal Rescue League of Boston and PETA are both running campaigns, dubbed “Too Hot For Spot.” This initiative is to remind pet owners how harmful heated cars and outdoor temps in general can be during the summer months.
Dogs Left in Cars
Dogs left in cars is nothing short of animal cruelty, particularly during the summertime. Dogs can incur critical health issues due to heat prostration. PETA has determined that canines can sustain brain damage or suffer from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is very difficult for our pooches, because they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.
Pets react differently with Heat
The Animal Rescue League of Boston draws this contrast: “Remember, pets don’t sweat like humans do and cannot cool their bodies efficiently in hot temperatures,” ARL said in a statement. “Even with outside temperatures around 70 degrees, the interior of a car can heat up to well over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes – even with the windows cracked!”
PETA supports keeping your pups cool during the upcoming ‘dog days’ of summer. They urge folks if they see a dog left in a car, to take down the car’s color, model, make, and license-plate number. Then, have the owner paged in nearby stores, and call the local humane authorities or the police. While waiting, keep an eye on the dog, and if the police are unresponsive or take too long to arrive — and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger — find a witness [or several], and take steps to remove the suffering animal from the automobile. There are laws in many states that condone this type of remedy.
PETA also provides concerned citizens “Too Hot for Spot” with online action kits here. All you have to do to become a ‘dog defender’ is register. By submitting their form, you are agreeing to PETA’s collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with their privacy policies. In so doing, PETA will add you to their mailing list, which will provide you with regular updates and additional tips as to how to protect your dogs.
PETA also needs your financial support to put a stop to the cruelty of animals in general. An annual donation of $16 or more entitles you to benefits, such as a free year’s subscription to the PETA Global magazine. The publication is packed full of the latest news, tasty vegan recipes, and easy tips on how to stop animal suffering in your community. You can donate here.