VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC SPCA is launching a new campaign to try to keep pets out of hot vehicles.

The ‘No Hot Pets’ campaign is reminding British Columbians of the dangers of leaving their pets in a hot vehicle. As part of the campaign, the BC SPCA is offering free car decals to help residents raise awareness of the dangers and will have posters, flyers, and other educational material that can be disturbed throughout communities.

“This summer, our animal protection officers have already responded to 642 calls to rescue animals in distress in hot cars,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Every year there is at least one call where a pet has died before help can arrive. It is heartbreaking because it is a horrible way for a pet to die and it is devastating for their guardian.”

According to Chortyk, dogs don’t have sweat glands like people do and they can only release heat from their bodies by panting or through the pads of their paws. This means it doesn’t take long for a pet to suffer severe heatstroke even if a vehicle is parked in the shade with the windows open.

“I think the most important thing people can do, besides making sure their pet is safe at home in hot weather, is to help spread the word to their family and friends about how deadly it can be to take pets on errands with you,” says Chortyk.

“We know people love their pets and want to spend time with them, but if you are going out and will have to leave your pet in a hot car, even for a few minutes, please don’t do it. The consequence could be tragic.”

To sign up for a free decal, head to the BC SPCA website, and remember if you see an animal in distress in a hot vehicle contact local police, animal control to the BC SPCA Call Centre at 1-855-622-