Don't Leave Animals in Hot Cars

The Saskatoon SPCA would like to remind you that every summer countless animals suffer and even die in scorching-hot parked cars. There is no safe amount of time to leave your pet in the car on a warm day. Animals, especially dogs, are much more susceptible to heat stroke than humans; the temperature inside your car can rise between 8 and 10 degrees in just 10 minutes on a 30-degree day, and your dog could suffer severe and irreversible damage from heat stroke after just 15 minutes. Leaving the windows open or parking in the shade does not reduce this risk.
In 2018, the Saskatoon SPCA’s Animal Protection Officers responded to over 150 calls of animals left unattended in vehicles on a warm day. We have already responded to more than 25 cases this year!
We receive anywhere from 3 to 6 calls a day during the summertime
Our Animal Protection Officers have measured temperatures as high as 60 degrees in a hot car
It can be avoided.  Simply leave your companion animal(s) at home or take them with you while you’re away from your vehicle.  For an animal, even just a few minutes in a hot vehicle with nothing but overheated air to breathe can have an unfortunate outcome.  
If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat exhaustion, you can cool it off by immersing its body in cool water and taking them to a veterinarian immediately.  
If you see an animal in distress, please call (306) 374-7387.

The Saskatoon SPCA would like to remind you that every summer countless animals suffer and even die in scorching-hot parked cars. There is no safe amount of time to leave your pet in the car on a warm day. Animals, especially dogs, are much more susceptible to heat stroke than humans; the temperature inside your car can rise between 8 and 10 degrees in just 10 minutes on a 30-degree day, and your dog could suffer severe and irreversible damage from heat stroke after just 15 minutes. Leaving the windows open or parking in the shade does not reduce this risk.

  • In 2018, the Saskatoon SPCA’s Animal Protection Officers responded to nearly 200 calls of animals left unattended in vehicles on a warm day. We have already responded to more than 50 cases this year!
  • We receive anywhere from 3 to 6 calls a day during the summertime
  • Our Animal Protection Officers have measured temperatures as high as 60 degrees in a hot car

 

It can be avoided. Simply leave your companion animal(s) at home or take them with you while you’re away from your vehicle.  For an animal, even just a few minutes in a hot vehicle with nothing but overheated air to breathe can have an unfortunate outcome.

If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat exhaustion, you can cool it off by immersing its body in cool water and taking them to a veterinarian immediately.

If you see an animal in distress, please call (306) 374 - 7387.

 

Thank you to Saskatoon Media Group, Shaw Spotlight, Early's Farm & Garden Centre, Medavie Health Services West, and Astro Towing for helping us spread the word and protect animals in need!