Summer Heat and Protecting Animals: It’s Our Responsibility


We are suppose to have temperatures in the 90’s for the next four days and higher humidity. Whew! I will be spending a lot of time inside in air conditioning.

If you live somewhere that experiences very hot weather at times, be sure to take safety precautions for your pet. If you bring them outside, make sure they have shade, fresh cold water, and if its really hot only have them outside for short periods of time.

If you notice a neighbor’s pet outside in the heat for too long, please do something.

If you see a pet wandering alone outside, please don’t assume they are okay. They may be a missing pet or be a stray in need of help. Do something.

If you notice a pet in a car in a store parking lot, do something. Since its hard to know how long they have been in the car or will be, bring the license plate number to the store so they can announce it over the intercom. Other things you can do is call the police or 911. Laws are different depending on where you are about whether it is ok to break a car window to get a pet out of a hot car.

What about a child left in a hot car? Well when I googled it, it seems to say similar things. It is a bit unclear on what the law says about this and again it depends on where you live. But if you see a pet or a child in danger, I would hope you would do the right thing. We can’t be expected to stand by and watch helpless beings in distress and possibly die.

Most everyone has a phone with a camera/video on it. Take a picture or a video of the animal or child in distress, so that you have proof they were in danger if you do need to break a car window to rescue them.

Check out the “Hot Car Safety” info below. Most people are probably unaware of the extreme temperature difference between a car and outside. So, PLEASE share this post so we can educate others and protect out furry friends.


Together we can keep ours and ALL pets safe and have an enjoyable summer!

Note: The cat pictured above is Dakota, my cousins cat. This was a day when it was almost 100 degrees. He kept pushing to go out on the porch. It looks like he had a good nap out there and I’m sure my cousin made sure he was safe and wasn’t out there too long. 🙂

13 thoughts on “Summer Heat and Protecting Animals: It’s Our Responsibility

  1. Trish

    Haha! Yep! The air was on in the house and she was begging to go lay on the enclosed porch, where it was hot and sunny. I sat out there with her, reading, until it got too uncomfortable for me, and then she followed me back in the house😉 Both of my animals are ridiculously pampered😀

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  2. Lauren

    Excellent reminder that we all need to be take-charge rescuers. The sheriff or police officer will get a car open and take the overheated animal to a shelter, so where I live at least, I would call 911.

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