Too Hot for Spot

The Marin Humane Society urges pet guardians to leave their animal companions at home during warm weather days. Pets, cars and warm days don’t mix. Running into the store for “just a minute” can be dangerous for an animal left in a car:

  • When you turn off your car, all ventilation stops. A car’s interior can reach 160 degrees in a few minutes, even on mildly warm days.
  • Animals in hot cars are at risk for brain damage, heat stroke—even death.
  • It is against the law in Marin County to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle on a warm day. Any law enforcement officer can and will use whatever means are necessary to remove a pet from a vehicle if an animal is in distress.

As temperatures rise, the best thing to do is to leave your pets at home. Provide plenty of fresh water and limit outdoor activities. If you see an animal in a car on a warm day, get the vehicle description and license plate and call the Marin Humane Society immediately at 415.883.4621. Your call could save an animal’s life!

More Resources:

My Dog is Cool

Download our Too Hot For Spot brochure

Download our Too Hot For Spot brochure in Spanish 


Marin Humane Society

171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Phone 415.883.4621

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