Protect Our Pets...Even If You’re Not the Owner

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Protect Our Pets...Even If You’re Not the Owner



The other day when I was leaving my grocery store and headed to my car, I heard a dog barking. He was across the aisle from my car, in an SUV with all windows rolled up. It was 9 am and already 80+ degrees outside with a feels-like temperature of 95 degrees. 


I looked for the owner and was ready to call the store manager so they could page the owner and was also ready to call the police.

The car’s owner came out and it looked like she had just a few items that she had purchased. 


But that doesn’t matter!

When it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.


And rolling down the windows has little effect on the inside car temperature. 


Don’t believe me?

You go and sit in your car, in 80+ degree temperatures with the windows rolled up, no AC on!  



What to do…

-Try to find the owner of the vehicle

-Try to have the owner paged if you are at a retail store. 

-Write down the vehicle information

-Contact your local law enforcement

-Call your local animal control organization

-If all else fails and you can see that the animal is in severe distress or having a heatstroke and the police cannot be there in time...

Let the authorities know what you are planning on doing

Take a video of the animal

Get a witness

NOTE: I am not an attorney but breaking into a car is a criminal offense. YOU have to decide where your conscience lies. 


Something to remember...dogs cannot sweat like humans do to try to cool off. As much as our furry buddies enjoy car rides, you have to be the adult and leave them at home rather than leave them in a hot car. 



I know that anyone reading this would not leave their own dogs (or cats) in their car in summertime temperatures, but it’s helpful to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation. 

Comments (28)

faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Makes me so mad that people take their pets and leave them in a car. Why don't THEY sit in the car with the windows cracked and see how long they can stand it. CRAZY

Jun 25, 2021 06:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am happy to report, that I have yet to witness this type of situation.  I am hoping that more car manufacturers will adopt the Tesla example as Brian England shared.   Given the dog loving nature of our county, I have a feeling no one would hesitate to break a window...A

Jun 25, 2021 06:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, this is disheartening!   Denver passed a law that anyone can break a window if they find a pet or a baby in a car with all the windows rolled up when it is this hot.

Jun 25, 2021 06:44 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - that really is so sad to hear.  We must do something when we see that.  I noted why Joan Cox said about a Denver law.

Jun 25, 2021 07:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

I could really get scathing at those "owners". Instead I will just say that some people should never be trusted to care for an animal.

Jun 25, 2021 08:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I have never understood why someone would bring their pet shopping and then leave them in a car.  Does not make sense and puts the pet in danger.

Jun 25, 2021 03:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kat Palmiotti absolutely and so many people think that they'll only be gone a few minutes. 

Sham Reddy CRS I'm a pretty peaceful person but look out if you harm and animal.

Jun 25, 2021 05:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I know Nina Hollander, Broker People need to stay home with their pets if they can't bear to leave them rather than take them out and leave them in a hot car. 

I agree Ed Silva  They're better off at home in a comfortable temperature. 

Jun 25, 2021 06:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin I would have no problem breaking a window if that's what's needed!  And yes, you can't fix stupid. 

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog you brought another pet peeve of mine...when I see people out jogging or walking with their pets and have no water for them. 

Jun 25, 2021 06:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Brian England how to you like that...I learned something else new. Did not know about the "dog mode."


Jun 25, 2021 06:11 PM
Brian England

I remember a friend of mine called me one time because a dog was in a Tesla all alone and figured I would know if it was safe or not.  I told her about dog mode, she looked in the car and sure enough saw the message.  She was relieved and now knows to check before calling the police, haha.

Jun 26, 2021 05:42 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs yes, you do have to wonder what has happened to common sense. One other trait that is missing these days. And, I'm howling with laughter at Brian England comment to you. 

faye schubert you echo my feelings!!!

Jun 25, 2021 06:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel unfortunately this was not the first time I ran into this. In FL, I called the owner of the vehicle (there was a business sign on the door) and was dialing the police when she returned to her car. 

Joan Cox I think Texas has laws against animal cruelty and this would fall in that category. 

Jun 25, 2021 06:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider you can check to see what your state law is but if not one that addresses pets left in cars, I'd imagine they have some against animal cruelty. 

Rocky Dickerson totally agree with you. I had a serious discussion with a former neighbor who refused to fix his dog who kept getting out of his yard. I asked him what he thought was going to happen to all of the pups he might father. 

Jun 25, 2021 06:38 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George Souto as Michael Jacobs said, common sense has gone the way of the dodo bird. 

Jun 25, 2021 06:40 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I went years with no AC.  I could not even think about my little girl getting too warm.  Now Mark has AC.  lol

Sandpoint Realty LLC - Halley Summer Heat

Jun 25, 2021 07:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

We're forecast to have several days of 100+ weather here in Sacramento.  Your words are important to remember.

Jun 25, 2021 09:42 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think air-conditioning is becoming pretty common  I do really enjoy it!

Jun 25, 2021 09:42 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

In my state given the situation, one can break out a window to save the fur baby.

Jun 26, 2021 12:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This message needs to be shared over and over - we hear stories fairly regularly of pets being left inside cars. I just don't understand how someone could do this.


Jun 27, 2021 03:04 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It's terrible that people still don't get this lesson.  

Jun 28, 2021 07:35 PM