Pets in Hot Cars: What Can You Do to Help?

Leaving pets in hot cars is not only dangerous, it is inhumane. What can we do to save a pet inside a locked hot car? 

Car Temperature 

Understand the risks 

Do your research, know your local laws, have all the facts, and be prepared. As the infographic above shows, on an 85-degree day, the inside temperature of a car can reach 104-degrees after only 10 minutes!   After 30 minutes, the temperature inside the vehicle can register at 119 degrees! Remember, by cracking the windows and parking in the shade, little to no impact is made and the temperature inside the vehicle can quickly rise to very dangerous levels. 

Know how you can respond. 

What are you legally allowed to do if you see a pet inside a hot vehicle?  First, take notes and write down the make/model and license plate number for the vehicle. If the pet has not been in the car for more than 10 minutes and there are businesses close by, ask if management can make an announcement regarding a pet left in the vehicle. If the pet has been in the car for more than 10 minutes or if the owner cannot be found, contact your local animal control or contact your local law enforcement. As of current, Georgia law does NOT have a statue regarding removal of a pet from a hot car. To avoid a ticket or worse jail time, do NOT break into a car to save a pet, let your local animal control or law enforcement handle the situation. If you would like to inquire about adding a law to allow citizens to save pets in hot vehicles without risk of civil or criminal penalty, contact your local representatives. They can be found by clicking here. Most importantly, exercise your right to vote and show up at the polls on election days. 

Educate the people around you. 

Spread the word! Use social media to share one of the many infographics, like the one above that pet or create and share your own. Tell everyone you know about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars even for just a few minutes. The more you educate the people around you,  the more aware they will be!


Written by Julie Gajewski, CPPS. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats. You can find out more about Julie by visiting her website.

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