MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in a Hot Car Demo

Animal Rescue League of Boston, Boston Veterinary Care, and Boston Fire Department Demonstrate Dangers of Leaving Pets in Parked Cars During Summer

When:  Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

What:  The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Rescue Service Team will demonstrate how quickly temperatures rise to dangerous levels in a parked car in the summer heat–even when parked in the shade. Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) and Boston Fire Department representatives will speak to signs of heat stroke and emergency response. Q&A to follow.

Where:  Outside on street at the ARL’s Boston shelter, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116


Why:  To raise public awareness about and decrease incidences of pets left in hot cars. Leaving a pet inside a parked car is the most common cause of heat stroke.

Photo Opps:

  • ARL Rescue Services Team in action
  • B-roll and photos of Boston Fire Department rescue
  • SOT of BVC describing heat stroke signs and treatment

Visit for tips about treating heatstroke, keeping your pet calm during a thunderstorm or safe during a house fire, and other advice from the ARL and BVC.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need. Visit for more information.

About Boston Veterinary Care

BVC is a clinic with a purpose: providing high quality veterinary care to Boston pet owners while supporting the services of the ARL. The friendly and caring staff at BVC provide a full range of outpatient veterinary services to pet owners at the clinic’s location in Boston’s historic South End. All profits support the care and rehabilitation of homeless animals at ARL shelters. Visit for clinic hours and appointment information.