Video, Photos & Quotes From “Too Hot for Spot” Campaign

Leaving a pet in a parked car can have dangerous consequences!

To raise awareness for this important summer pet safety issue, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Boston Fire Department, and Boston Veterinary Care ask media to share important information about the dangers of leaving pets in parked cars during the summer. Even when temperatures dip below 80, the threat for potentially fatal heat stroke still exists.

The following video and photos are from the ARL’s “Dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car ” media avail. For more information, please contact Ami Bowen, Director of Marketing and Communications, at abowen@arlboston.org or (617) 226-5668.

Media are invited to download the video clips for use in summer pet safety stories.

Please credit the Animal Rescue League of Boston for all content.

Video Links and Photos

VIDEO: Animal Rescue League of Boston “Too Hot for Spot” hot car rescue video

VIDEO: Brian O’Connor, ARL Rescue Services Manager, on how quickly temperatures rise in a parked car

VIDEO: Dennis Keeley, Boston Fire Department District Chief, on how fire department rescues an animal from a parked car

VIDEO: Dr. Edward Schettino, Boston Veterinary Care, on how dangers of heatstroke in pets

PHOTO: Brian O’Connor, ARL Rescue Services Manager, explains the dangers of leaving a pet in a parked car on a hot day

PHOTO: The ARL has focused its summer campaign, “Too Hot for Spot” on raising awareness about the dangers of leaving a pet in a parked car

PHOTO: Dr. Edward Schettino, Boston Veterinary Care, explains that pets can easily suffer heatstroke when left in a parked car.

Additional Quotes

 Mary Nee, president of the Animal Rescue League of Boston:
“We live for the summers in New England. We want to be outside and do more things, and we want our dogs to be part of the fun.  We need to keep in mind what’s fun for us, might actually cause discomfort and injury to our much-loved pet.”

“Leaving your dog at home as you head out for summer activities and events is the best thing for you and your pet.  Prevention is responsible pet ownership.”

Dr. Rashel Shophet-Ratner, veterinarian at Boston Veterinary Care:
“On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can top one hundred degrees in less than 10 minutes – even with all the windows cracked.  That’s why leaving a pet inside a parked car is the most common cause of potentially deadly heat stroke.”


Find More Information

Visit arlboston.org/summer-safety 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.

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