This summer, GTHS has teamed up with Ontario SPCA to create awareness about the dangers of leaving animals unattended in hot vehicles to have #NoHotPets!

I wasn’t going to be gone long…

It wasn’t that hot…

I left the window down for him…

No more excuses this summer! Leaving pets in hot vehicles is an ongoing problem in Canada. Leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle is irresponsible and dangerous for the animal. That’s why the GTHS is seeking your help in putting an end to pets being injured or killed because of being left unattended in a hot car.

Did you know…

  • Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.
  • It can take only 15 minutes for an animal to sustain serious brain damage or die from heatstroke.
  • Leaving the windows open in your car does little to cool down the car’s temperature.

What can you do…

  • The best way to keep your pet safe is to leave them at home if you know that you’re going somewhere where they would have to stay in the vehicle.
  • If you are a business owner, consider letting pets come inside your store or designate a dog tie-up area outside with a bowl of water to help keep them cool and hydrated.
  • Tell your friends and families about the dangers of leaving pets in hot vehicles.
  • If you see an animal that has been left in a hot vehicle, call the Collingwood OPP at (705) 445-4321.
  • Use our #NoHotPets hashtag to spread the word! Also, take the pledge on our website at gths.ca/no-hot-pets and receive your free window decal to put on your car, home or business window to support the campaign!

Have a safe and happy summer!

Stay informed on GTHS events, initiatives and programs. Learn how the GTHS team is serving the pets and people of the South Georgian Bay Area. Read heart-warming Happy Tails about GTHS Alumni. See a lot of really cute pictures of dogs and cats!