This Memorial Day weekend, countless Americans will head outside – flocking to parades and picnics and pools – to enjoy some fun in the sun alongside family and friends.
As we kick off the warm summer season, the American Humane Association – the country’s first national humane organization – is reminding pet owners that leaving animal companions in hot cars can be lethal.
Even when it’s a comfortable 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes – and up to 110 degrees in less than hour – exposing our furry friends to serious risks of discomfort, illness and even death.
Responsible animal lovers also can do their part to help other pets in danger: Concerned observers who see a distressed dog inside a parked car on a warm day should call local animal control or law enforcement for help immediately.
To keep your pets safe and happy this Memorial Day weekend and beyond, just remember: Hot dogs belong on grills, not in parked cars.
Robin Ganzert, Ph.D.
(The writer is president and CEO of the American Humane Association.)