Press release: Let the dogs in!

Press release: Let the dogs in!



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Let the dogs in!


Montreal, June 10, 2019 – The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada applauds the decision of the House of Commons to accept the passage of Bill S-203 on Monday. This new law prohibits the captivity, reproduction, import and export of cetaceans. However, it includes a permissive clause concerning the rescue and rehabilitation of these animals.

Dogs are increasingly part of our lives, consequently people want to bring them everywhere they go as often as possible. Even so, our four-legged friends are unfortunately not yet quite accepted in stores, which encourages consumers to leave them in their car while they shop. The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada is calling on all business owners and corporations to accept the dogs of their customers to save lives.


What dogs experience

The heat inside a vehicle when the ambient temperature is 26 degrees Celsius can reach 37 degrees in just 10 minutes *. Consequently, even if the outside temperature is not so high, the interior temperature of a car left in the sun with half-open windows can soar. “Dogs take their heat off by panting and by the pads under their paws, but these are limited in situations where the temperature rises quickly in a car.” explains Dominique Routhier, interim CEO and animal biologist of SPA Canada.


“The internal temperature of a dog is 38.5 degrees Celsius. When it reaches 42 degrees, the animal becomes hyperthermic and can suffer damage to internal organs or even die within 15 minutes due to reduced blood pressure and lack of oxygenation of cells. ” adds Ms. Routhier.


What to do if you witness a dog alone in a car

The situation becomes critical when the animal is lying, eyes rolled up and does not respond. In this case, the animal must be released from this fatal situation immediately by any means possible, be given water, wet its fur with lukewarm water (never cold) and must be brought urgently to a veterinarian. In cases where all means have been used, it is legitimate to break the window of the vehicle to save a dog’s life from certain death.


In situations that seem less critical, quickly take note of the vehicle’s license plate number as well as the brand and colour of the car and call the police. In addition to managing this type of situation, they could file criminal charges against the owner of the animal depending on the intensity of the case. If the car is in a store parking lot, notify a manager to make a call throughout the store to find the owner of the vehicle. Ideally during this time, leave a person near the vehicle to note any distress in the animal.


Stores that accept dogs

Many locations accept dogs in their stores such as Lush, Canadian Tire, Apple Store, Home Depot, Michaels, Sephora, Gap, Urban Outfitters, Foot Locker, Banana Republic and Starbucks. It’s best to call the places where you intend to go, even in cases where you know that they accept dogs, to ask them permission because the final decision remains with the manager.



SPA Canada is inviting the public to ask the managers of the stores they visit to implement dog-friendly regulations. Like any public pressure, the more demands from consumers, the better the response from companies. “For now, the best option is to leave your furry friends at home instead of leaving them in your car, no matter how long.” Routhier finishes.

About SPA Canada:

SPA Canada is a national nonprofit animal rights organization dedicated to creating awareness and educating people on respecting all animal species.

*Source: Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, SFSU via AVMA

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