If you see an animal in a car exhibiting any signs of heat stress, call your local animal-care-and-control agency or police department immediately!
You don't just expose your pet to the dangers of heat stress when you leave him/her in a car: thousands of pets are stolen each year from unattended cars.
Taking your pet for a ride may seem like fun, but many pets prefer to spend time with you in the comfort and safety of home. Explore activities that you and your pet can share at home and avoid taking risks by leaving your pet in the car.
If you must take your pet with you on a car trip, do so safely: cats should ride in pet carriers, and dogs should be secured in dog harnesses. When a pet travels, he/she should wear two ID tags-one for a home address and one for a destination address.
For more information about responsible pet care, write to the Companion Animals Section, The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St., NW; Washington, DC 20037.
The Humane Society of the United States