It’s time to adopt a new furry family member and you head to the shelter to meet the available dogs. Wide-eyed pups wag their tails furiously while they wait in their crates, hoping for a second look and a forever home. You decide on the perfect dog for your family but feel a little sad for the ones left behind. What if you knew some of those dogs are passed by more often than others, and they tend to be the ones with dark coats?
That’s the sad reality photographer Fred Levy learned about one day at his local Boston-area dog park while chatting up another park-goer. It’s a phenomenon that’s been dubbed Black Dog Syndrome (BDS); black dogs tend to sit in the shelter up to four times longer than their lighter-haired counterparts. It couldn’t be true, he thought.
Countless dogs are left unattended in cars every day. Did you know it doesn’t even have to be that warm outside for the temperature inside the car to become dangerous very quickly? Even at a comfortable 72 degrees outside, the interior of a car can reach 106 degrees within 30 minutes.
Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach a deadly level fast; your dog can die from heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes of exposure.
And when it is hot outside, the temperature inside the car soars to a potentially deadly level within minutes, even with the windows cracked. Dr. Ernie Ward demonstrated how excruciating it is for a human, and that’s without a fur coat! Dogs can die from heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes of exposure to very hot temperatures.
Surprisingly, it is legal in most states to leave your dog unattended in a car; only 15 states have statutes in place discouraging the practice. But Petplan pet insurance wants to change that. They’ve launched an initiative called “Driven to Bark” through We the People, the White House’s online petition site.
Driven to Bark needs your support. The petition will be reviewed by White House staff if 100,000 signatures are gathered in 30 days. Signing the petition is very easy; just enter your full name, email address and then confirm your email address with a quick click inside the body of an email from We the People.
Please sign the petition and share this cause on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #DrivenToBark.