The Ontario SPCA has initiated an online campaign that is winning awards and spreading beyond the web with #NoHotPets, an initiative to help educate the public about the severe dangers of leaving pets in the car in the summer and encourage them to take their pets with them when the car is parked.
Every year pet fatalities occur as a result of being left in hot cars by their owners. Last year, this blog covered the same topic. The #NoHotPets website and campaign has included a set of “Fast Facts”, as detailed below:
#NoHotPets encourages all Ontarians to get involved and spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets in hot vehicles, including a pledge and contest. Visit NoHotPets.ca for more information today.
Because our pets do not sweat, they are even less able to cope with extreme hot temperatures than we are. Heat stroke is swift to set in, leading to a number of deaths each year. Just because windows might be open on a vehicle does not mean that the temperature will not rise to potentially deadly levels. If your pet is showing signs of heatstroke, call your local emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
If you do notice a pet that has been left in a hot vehicle this summer, contact the Ontario SPCA or local humane society or call the police.