Keep Your Pets Save and Cool This Summer

No Hot Dogs, Just Cool Cats

A Message from Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Posted August 1st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword from NAL publisher Doug Draper – As one who has the privilege of sharing a home with two wonderful cats, I find it sad that there is a need to circulate a message like the one below, but there is.

Too of the coolest cats I know. My home mates, Dylan, sitting behind, and Dexter in the foreground. Photo taken by one of their humans.

Everyone summer, we hear horrific stories about dogs and cats roasting to death in cars or other confined places, while those entrusted to care for them are in the mall buying socks or losing their week’s earnings in a slot machine.

Some people, clearly, should not be allowed anywhere near another animal. But unfortunately for the animal, we often find out who those people are when it is too late.)

Summer is here, and for some people in Ontario that means road trips and exploring the outdoors with family and friends – including furry companions.

If your pet is travelling with you in your car, keep their needs in mind as you plan your trip. Do not leave pets unattended in your vehicle. The temperature inside your vehicle will quickly become much hotter than the temperature outside, and it can be fatal.

If your pet can’t go with you, leave them at home where they will be safe, cool, and comfortable. Here are some other things to keep in mind as you plan your summer road trips:

  • Ensure your pet is properly secured in your vehicle at all times
  • Always have fresh water available in the car for your pet
  • Take frequent breaks so both you and your pet have an opportunity to stretch your legs.

If you come across an unattended vehicle with an animal inside that appears to be in distress, act quickly and report it to the OSPCA at 310-SPCA (7722). You can also contact your local police service, your local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or your local Humane Society.


  • Every summer, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) runs the #NoHotPets campaign to keep pets out of hot cars. Consider signing the pledge and spreading the word to keep pets safe across Ontario.
  • Dogs in particular have very limited ability to sweat. Even a short period in a hot environment can cause suffering and distress and could result in brain damage or death.
  • Excessive panting, drooling, and listlessness are signs of heatstroke in animals. If you witness these signs in your pet, seek veterinary attention immediately, move the animal to a cool area and offer it drinking water.


Read more about the OSCPA’s #NoHotPets campaign


“Pets are treasured family members and loyal friends. Don’t leave them in your hot car – let them join in on your summer adventures, or let them stay home where they will be cool and safe.”  — Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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