Each year, Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) emergency agents respond to almost 200 calls about dogs left in hot cars. In some cases, dogs have to be physically removed from vehicles by breaking a window, and in other cases, dogs have been found dead. On a hot day, the temperature inside a parked car can surpass 40°C in mere minutes. With only hot air to breathe, a dog’s normal cooling process of panting doesn’t work, and his internal temperature can rise, leading to severe heat exhaustion, brain damage or even death.
In June, the OHS launched a public awareness campaign to address the problem of dogs left in cars in hot weather. The OHS has produced stickers that it will distribute to local shopping malls, hospitals and big box stores. The stickers feature the image of a dog, with the slogan “dogs die in hot cars” and the OHS emergency phone number. The stickers are designed to be placed on doorways and building entrances to provide a helpline for shoppers who may have spotted a dog left in a car on a dangerously hot day.
If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, please call 613-725-1532 immediately! Our operator will ask you questions and dispatch an OSPCA agent to the location.
If you would like stickers and other literature for you business, send us an email! (Please note that at this time we are only distributing the stickers to local retail establishments.)
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