The Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign goes live

The RSPCA receive thousands of calls each year of animals being left alone in cars on warm days. These dogs are often found in our members’ car parks which is why we are very happy to be one of the 13 stakeholders who support this campaign.  As a result parking attendants across the UK will be doing the very valuable job of assisting the public and patrolling car parks to prevent dogs being left in cars.  Over 60 of our local authority members are supporting the campaign including the six target areas where the impact of the campaign will be measured in Cornwall, Sevenoaks, New Forest, Swansea, Blackpool and Brighton and Hove. 

Nobody thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much-loved pet, yet every year people still gamble with their dog’s life leaving them alone in a car on a warm day. Many people believe it’s OK to leave a dog if the windows are slightly open or they park in the shade, but the truth is it’s still very dangerous. A car can quickly become oven-like, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22℃ outside, inside the car can reach an unbearable 47℃ within an hour. Put yourself in the place of your dog, how would you feel trapped inside a car in that heat?

Dogs Die

Why is it a problem?

If dogs are too hot and unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they develop heatstroke which can be fatal. Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke, for example very old or very young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with short, flat faces. If your dog is on medication or has an underlying health condition it can also make them more susceptible.

What do I do if I am concerned for a dog who has been left in a car?

Firstly, establish the health and condition of the dog. If they are panting or drooling excessively or displaying any signs of heatstroke please call 999 immediately.

How can I help?

Monday 6 May is Dogs Die In Hot Cars awareness day.
Support parking attendants and help raise awareness of this issue using #DogsDieInHotCars - 'not long' is too long to leave them alone in a car. Call 999 if you see a dog in distress.