Too often we see negligent pet owners leave their cats and dogs in hot cars, locked up and suffocating to death. So I invited my friend Jesse (a car expert), to share his knowledge on what to do next time you find yourself in this situation. Hope you find it as helpful as I have!
As a vet tech (or any animal lover for that matter) you know how upset you get when you see dog in a hot car. But unfortunately you can end up facing criminal charges for trespassing or damages if you decide to break the window. So how do you save those helpless pets without getting arrested?
If you see a pet in a hot car, try these 10 measures first:
It’s also important to know the laws in your area. In most states and municipalities breaking into another person’s car is a crime even if you’re doing it to save a trapped pet. That being said, more and more areas are also instituting laws against leaving pets in hot cars. Research your local laws now so you’re prepared when you do actually see an animal trapped in a hot car.
If there are no laws in your area preventing people from leaving their animals in hot cars you can also rally to change this. Get in touch with local animal rights groups and local chapters of national groups to find out what they’re doing to improve laws protecting pets and how you can help. If none of the organizations in your area are targeting these laws you can create an initiative yourself and ask if they’re interested in partnering with you.
You can also save animals from getting stuck in hot cars by educating people about heat stroke. Most people know it’s possible for animals to get heat stroke in cars but not many people know how quickly or at what temperature it can happen.
Here are some important facts about heat stroke that you can share with pet owners to help prevent this:
You can also print and pass out copies of the Humane Society’s heat stroke prevention flyer. This is particularly useful when you do find an animal in a hot car and finally manage to track down their owner.
I’m Jesse VonAtha, by day I’m an engineer, by night I give advice on family cars on FamilyVehicleGuide.com. As a family man I know the choice of your family car can make or break any ride from A to B. I spend a lot of time researching all options, and share my findings so you don’t have to. Keep moving forward!
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