AC Pup advocates leaving your pets at home

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Happy Memorial Day weekend to you. Memorial Day is the special holiday to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives so we could enjoy the freedom we have.

I am so thankful for those people who sacrificed everything so we could live in the most fantastic country in the world. While you’re planning the menu for your cookout, please take time to remember what we’re celebrating and take time to teach the children why this holiday is so important.

You probably have the list of items you need to purchase at the store for your Memorial Day picnic. May I ask a favor before you head to the store? Please leave your pets at home. Please do not take them in the car with you.

To many people, pets are like family members so it’s only natural to take them wherever you go. That’s why you see so many people driving down the road with their pets in the car with them. It seems natural to put them in the car when you run your errands.

Taking them along with you is fine during the fall and winter, but in Middle Georgia it is way too hot to put them in the car during the warm months. May in Macon is out of the question to have pets tag along and wait for you in a parked car.

I’ve already gotten messages this spring about pets in distress locked in parked cars. Please realize a car can turn into a virtual oven in no time at all, even with the windows lowered a bit, and become deadly to pets.

Even if you think you may run into the store just to pick up a couple of items, it’s easy to get distracted and lose track of time. Please leave your pets at home.

What should you do if you see a pet locked in a hot car? I can just tell you, it’s very disturbing if you see a pet panting and in obvious trouble, looking at you with pleading eyes begging you to rescue him.

The first thing to do is take down the make and model of the car and run into the store to have the manager announce it over the intercom asking for the car owner to quickly return. If car owner doesn’t respond immediately, call law enforcement and wait until a police officer or sheriff’s deputy arrives.

There are steps to take even before you see a pet locked in a hot car. Download the flier from The Humane Society of the United States at and take to the stores you frequent. Ask the manager to please post signs asking patrons not to leave pets in the car. The manager may even welcome the offer to share The Humane Society of the United States’ flier. No manager wants a pet tragedy in his parking lot.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Make it a happy and safe summer for your pets. Leave them at home, not in your car.

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