Do Not Leave Pets in Hot Cars

| June 30, 2022

It’s officially summer and the GTA is feeling the heat. 

While we enjoy taking our pets with us everywhere we can, if you’re running errands and plan on leaving your pet in the car – even if it’s just for a little while – please consider leaving them at home instead.  

Leaving your pet in your car in the summer heat is dangerous – even if you’re parked in the shade and have the window open a little bit. A car’s internal temperature can rise very quickly and can be fatal. 

How Hot Can a Car Get?

On a hot day, the temperature inside a car can rise to dangerous levels in less than an hour.  

A 2018 study took three vehicles of identical models and placed them in either direct sun or under shade. After one hour in the sun, the average temperature for cars was about 46C (115F) – with an average dashboard surface temperature of 69C (156F). That’s hot enough to burn human skin!  

In the shade, it only takes around two hours for cars to reach temperatures that are potentially deadly. 

This chart from Insider shows us that even within minutes a car’s temperature can rise at alarming rates:  

Spread the Word – Buy Our Summer Advocacy Shirt 

With the release of our new T-Shirt, our message is simple: your car becomes an oven in hot weather – do not leave your pets in parked cars to die of heat exhaustion. Purchase our new summer shirt and help raise awareness about keeping animals out of hot cars.