Best Friends describes itself as “a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country.
The group recently produced this terrific video, which it describes as follows:
“Best Friends Animal Society conducted an experiment on a 95 degree day, and discovered that the temperature inside a car – with windows down a few inches – increased from 69 to 140 degrees in 10 minutes. Never leave your pet in a parked car when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees. Even with the windows partway down, even in the shade, even for a quick errand.”
Also check out the rest of Best Friends’ press release regarding the dangers to dogs in hot cars, and how to keep them cool in the summer (I’ve embedded the press release below, so you can print and share it with others). One key takeaway point:
“Never leave your pet in a parked car when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees. Not even with the windows partway down, not even in the shade, not even for a quick errand. Dogs and cats can’t sweat like humans, so they pant to lower their body temperature. If they’re inside a car, recycling very hot air, panting gives no relief, and heat stroke can happen quickly.”
As a side note, I’ve been an admirer of Best Friends for many years, since discovering how professionally it is run, and chose to make it one of the charities to whom I will be donating a portion of the proceeds from my book, about how a “miracle dog,” Shayna, helped to save my life after 9/11.
Please donate to support Best Friends here. If you do, please consider indicating that your donation is being made “in memory of Shayna Angele Sutz.”