Letters to the Editor

Care for pets

This Memorial Day weekend, countless Americans will head outside — flocking to parades and picnics and pools — to enjoy some fun in the sun alongside family and friends.

As we kick off the warm summer season, the American Humane Association — the country’s first national humane organization — is reminding pet owners that leaving animal companions in hot cars can be lethal.

Even when it’s a comfortable 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes — and up to 110 degrees in less than an hour — exposing our furry friends to serious risks of discomfort, illness and death. Responsible animal lovers can also do their part to help other pets in danger: Concerned observers who see a distressed dog inside a parked car on a warm day should immediately call local animal control or law enforcement for help.

Robin Ganzert,

president & CEO,

American Humane


Washington, D.C.