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Take the Pledge, No Hot Pets This Summer!

Posted on Wednesday July 30, 2014

Pickering Animal Services is participating in the ‘No Hot Pets’ campaign, created by the Ontario SPCA, in an effort to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in a vehicle during the scorching summer months.

Even on a mild day, with the windows open and parked in the shade, the temperature in a vehicle can rapidly reach dangerous levels. Pets can suffer from heatstroke, heat exhaustion, or even death. A car can easily reach 100 to 120 degrees in just one minute on a hot summer day. Be a responsible pet owner, and leave pets at home if running errands.

Through the ‘No Hot Pets’ campaign, pet owners are asked to visit nohotpets.ca and pledge to not leave pets unattended in vehicles. The Pickering Town Centre is also supporting the cause, displaying reminders to the public at mall entrances and other prominent areas. Help spread the word, and take the pledge to receive a free ‘No Hot Pets’ window decal to display on vehicles to show support for the meaningful campaign.

“Leaving a pet unattended in a car is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do,” said Lindsey Narraway, Supervisor, Animal Services. “Leave pets at home, and if an owner must bring the pet, make sure someone is with them at all times – this summer, keep everyone in the family safe and cool.”

For further information on summer safety for your pet, visit pickering.ca/animals .




As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Katherine Sheppard
Communications Assistant | Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2128 | 1.866.683.2760 | TTY 905.420.1739