“I left the window down for him.” “I wasn’t going to be gone long.” The Ontario SPCA has heard it all as people continue to put their pets at risk by leaving them in vehicles during the hot summer months. To help combat this dangerous problem, the Ontario SPCA will launch its fifth annual No Hot Pets campaign on May 23, in partnership with SPCAs and Humane Societies from across Canada.
Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot vehicle can be life-threatening. Did you know that a dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C and that a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before brain damage or even death can occur?
Last year, the Ontario SPCA received 685 reports of animals left in hot vehicles between May 24 and August 31. Sadly, there are still people who aren’t getting the message that heat kills. There is no excuse for leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle and this summer the Ontario SPCA needs your help to share this important message. You can help save a life by watching for pets left alone in the heat. If you see an animal left unattended in a vehicle, call 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police for immediate assistance.
The Ontario SPCA is also challenging every pet owner in this province to take the No Hot Pets pledge. It’s as simple as visiting nohotpets.ca and promising to never leave your pets unattended in a vehicle. For your show of support, the Ontario SPCA will send you a free window decal for your car that tells the world that your pets are important. You can also do your part to raise awareness about this issue by using #nohotpets on social media.
“Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do. Leave your pet at home or, if you must take your pet, make sure that someone is with them at all times,” says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “During the hot summer months, let’s keep everyone safe and cool.”
Visit nohotpets.ca for more information on ways you can help spread the word.