Warning: Dogs can die in hot cars! There is something we can do about it.
Given I have five dogs…I do a lot of walking. My dogs and I walk through our adorable little town (Georgetown, KY) every day…sometimes twice a day. Summer has barely had its start here and already we are seeing dogs left in hot cars…NOT OK. In fact it really pisses me off! I can’t walk by a dog in a hot car. While I am not the type to go directly to smashing out a car window…I would if I had to. I am the one though who doesn’t hesitate to call the the police…and no cracking the window an inch is not good enough…I will still call the police and let them smash the window!
Two weeks ago we (well me…my dogs just witnessed) had a verbal altercation with an older couple who stopped me to ask what the parking time limit was in our town…because they were going to go have lunch and leave their dog in the car. I couldn’t believe they were looking me straight in the face with that idiotic statement. I suggested to them the names of several restaurants in town that had patio seating that welcomed dogs. They weren’t interested. I dug in my heels and told them if they leave the dog in the car I am calling the police. (It was an 80 degree day). They called me a dirty name and told me to mind my own business…I didn’t mind my own business and stood my ground until they drove away. It blew me away that an elderly couple could be so boorish and irresponsible.
That same day I was browsing my Facebook feed and saw this poster from the Animal Legal Defense Fund…with a statement encouraging people to download the sign and hang it. I thought…we need these signs in downtown Georgetown…then I thought…well…perhaps I am supposed to be the one to go hang them. So I did.
I downloaded their art file…sent it to the local print shop for printing…and Lacey Mae and I hit the road. We started going door to door to the business of Georgetown asking them to hang this sign in their shop window. We have gone to over 20 business so far…all but one was more than happy to hang the sign. When we ran out of our first 20 signs the local print shop made a whole bag of them for us for free! We will be back out next week and will keep going until we get as many businesses as we can to hang our sign. It is already abundantly clear on our Main Street (given all the obvious signs in business windows) that we are a town that is not ok with knuckleheads leaving a dog in a hot car. Hopefully it will both make careless people think twice before trapping their dog in a car oven and also encourage citizens to speak out and call the police if necessary for a trapped dog.
There is a saying that goes something like this…whenever we say “someone should do something about that”…that someone might be ourselves. Lacey and I had a lot of fun going door to door in town…she behaved like an angel in every business we went to (she didn’t pee on a single carpet!!!!). We met a lot of great folks…and found out that they all want to see dogs safe…and when asked…they are willing to help out.
I have been taking pictures of every shop that hangs our sign and posting them on our Facebook Page. If you want to do something like this in your town the copy for this poster is available for download at this link on the Animal Legal Defense Fund website. It was a lot easier than I thought to approach business owners with my sign…in fact the response was overwhelmingly positive.