On a warm day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels. For example, on a day where the temperature is 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a vehicle with the windows opened slightly can reach nearly 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After approximately 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees.
Pets do not sweat the way we do; they cannot cool their bodies efficiently in hot temperatures. When overheated, pets can go into shock, leading to irreversible organ failure and death. If you think you will need to leave your pet in a car, even for a few minutes, leave them safely at home instead. They will be happy to see you when you return!
If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, please contact nearby security or your local law enforcement agency immediately. Please be prepared to provide a vehicle description and license plate number.