Peterborough Humane Society PSA About Leaving Pets Unattended In Vehicles

“I left the window down for him.” “I wasn’t going to be gone long.” The Peterborough Humane Society has heard all the excuses, they say in a release. To educate the public on the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the summer months, they are launching their 2017 "No Hot Pets" campaign in partnership with the OSPCA, the OPP and the Peterborough Police.

The issue of owners leaving their pets in vehicles during the hot summer months is an ongoing problem across Ontario and puts animals at risk. There is no excuse for leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle and this summer the Peterborough Humane society is seeking the public’s help to share this important message.

 “Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do," says Susan Dunkley, Manager of Development and Outreach with the Humane Society. “Leave your pet at home, and if you must take your pet make sure that someone is with it at all times.”


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 environment can be life-threatening. A dog's normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.

If a dog is showing signs of heat stroke—excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness— prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring the pet into the shade and offer drinking water.

The Peterborough Humane Society along with the Peterborough Police, the OSPCA and the OPP, will be on site at Costco on Wednesday, June 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. educating people about how quickly it can get hot in a car and how important it is to leave your pet at home. If you would like more information, stop in to see the Humane Society there or at Lansdowne Place Mall on Friday, July 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, call Animal Control at 705-745-4722, ext 656, 310-SPCA (7722), or your local police (911).

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