Hot Cars: Tom’s Automotive Pleads for the Safety of Pets

Safety of pets, hot cars

Greetings, valued members of the Seattle community! We, the dedicated employees of Tom’s Automotive Service in West Seattle, are passionate about more than just fixing cars. We care deeply about the well-being of our furry friends. Today, we speak with sincerity and urgency as we make a heartfelt appeal to all pet owners: please, never leave your pets unattended in hot cars. Join us as we shed light on the grave consequences, share essential measures, and present startling statistics to ensure the safety of our beloved companions.

1. Witnessing the Unthinkable of Pets Left in Hot Cars:

As auto repair experts, we’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating aftermath of pets left alone in scorching hot vehicles. The distressing sight of a pet suffering from heatstroke is etched in our memories. Their labored breaths and desperate attempts to find relief are a haunting reminder of the responsibility we all share in preventing such tragedies. It is with a heavy heart that we urge you to consider the potential consequences before leaving your pet in a car, even for a moment.

2. The Unbreakable Bonds:

At Tom’s Automotive Service, we understand the profound connection between humans and their pets. They are cherished family members, loyal companions who trust us implicitly. Leaving them unattended in a hot car not only endangers their lives but also breaches the bond we share with them. It is our duty, as responsible pet owners and compassionate individuals, to prioritize their safety above all else.

3. Pet Safety: The Unyielding Danger:

While it’s easy to assume that cracking a window or parking in the shade will provide sufficient relief, the reality is far more unforgiving. Cars act as heat traps, rapidly transforming into life-threatening environments for pets. Even on seemingly mild days, temperatures inside a vehicle can soar to dangerous levels within minutes. Dogs, cats, and other animals cannot withstand these extreme conditions, as their ability to regulate body temperature differs from ours. We implore you to recognize that even a brief absence can result in irreversible harm to your cherished companion.

4. Startling Statistics of Pets Left in Hot Cars:

In Western Washington, the region we call home, the alarming statistics surrounding pets left in hot cars demand our attention:

– According to a study conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it takes only 10 minutes for the temperature inside a vehicle to rise by 20°F (11°C) on a 70°F (21°C) day. Furthermore, according to an article written by the AVMA, leaving a window open a crack does NOT help to cool the vehicle.

– The AVMA further reports that at 80°F (27°C), the temperature inside a car can reach a scorching 99°F (37°C) within just 10 minutes. In 30 minutes, that temperature can rise to a life-threatening 114°F (46°C). (See above flyer from the Seattle Humane Society)

– The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that hundreds of pets die each year due to heatstroke from being left in hot cars. While specific regional data may vary, these figures underscore the urgency of our plea.

Seattle community, we stand united in our commitment to the safety of our pets. As employees of Tom’s Automotive Service, we implore you to heed our heartfelt plea: never leave your pets unattended in hot cars. Let us embrace a culture of compassion and responsibility, ensuring that our beloved companions are never subjected to unnecessary suffering or perilous conditions.

Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of our furry friends. By safeguarding their well-being, we honor the unbreakable bond we share with them. Join us as we spread awareness, advocate for change, and forge a future where no pet is left behind in a hot car. Let love guide our actions and protect those who rely on us for their safety and happiness. Tom’s Automotive Service cares about you AND your pets.