Ever wish you could do something when you see a dog left in a hot car? Most dog owners leave their dog in the car and just run in for a quick moment. What they don't understand is that is when the car gets the hottest!
The Dog in Hot Car Safety Note is designed to place on the windshield of a car with a dog left inside. Every day we get calls asking what is the right thing to do in this situation. Now KeepDoggieSafe.com will take the heat for you!
No more dilemma or fear of confrontation. Place the note on the car and put the time it was placed on the car on the back of the note. We've added a section for you to add any other notes (such as; "out of water" " appears to be in distress", etc ). We also recommend you take a picture of the car with the note in the windshield and a picture of the car's license plate to document the incident.
If needed, alert the authorities, in many states, it's a crime to leave a dog in the car, and you've now marked the time that it was left in the car. In California, it's legal to break the window to rescue the dog.
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Leave a ”Dog Left in Hot Car Note “ on the windshield with the time on the windshield. This will document the time that you saw the dog in the car. Do your best to locate the owner, by having them paged in the shops, coffee house, or nearby buildings.
If you have no luck there, call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Please don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
If the authorities are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.
Many states passed laws allowing people to break the car window to rescue a dog. Some states fine the owner for each violation and determine if it’s a misdemeanor.
For example, here’s the law in California:
California: Cal. Penal Code § 597.7
It is illegal to “leave or confine an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.”
Here’s the list of states and their laws. https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-laws-protect-animals-left-parked-vehicles
Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.
Provide water to drink, and if possible spray the dog with a garden hose or immerse him or her in a tub of cool (but not iced) water for up to two minutes in order to lower the body temperature gradually. You can also place the dog in front of an electric fan. Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws can also help. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.
KeepDoggieSafe thanks you for helping save a dog.
Seeing pets in a hot car is an upsetting experience. Besides notifying the store where the car is parked to announce this immediately I place one of these cards on the windshield. Im very glad to have them in my car.
These are beautifully made informative polite" cards to leave at stores to add to their front doors and if you see a dog in a hot car which I leave on their windshield. I keep these in my own car all year long. Everyone should have a pack of these and save a dogs life.
I did not expect the card stock to be that heavy, the quality is excellent. people should not hesitate to order this product
This is a great product. I attached several of these inside car windows to draw attention in parking lots. I also framed some and brought them to my veterinarian's office to display in each examining room, the waiting room, and at the front desk. Everyone thought it was a good idea. Unfortunately, too many people need to be reminded of just how dangerous it can be to leave anyone in a parked car in warm and hot weather.
We wrote to you about our issue with dogs in hot cars and you sent us the dog in hot car notes. These really help us educate people about the dangers of going in the store for just a few minutes. We pass these out at community events now in addition to leaving them on cars. Keep up the good work.