It’s one thing to understand the gravity of a life-changing issue, but another to stay vigilant about it. The dangers of leaving a living being in a hot car – be it an animal or a person – cannot be overstated, yet so many of us continue to think “this could never happen to me.”

For too many pet owners, this tragedy can and does happen. Two weeks ago in Florida, a two-year-old Chihuahua perished in a hot car while the dog’s owner was at work. A few days before that, a three-year-old poodle mix died in Connecticut after its owner – a retired professor – accidentally left her trapped in a car for two-and-a-half hours. Since June, other dogs have died in hot cars in Vancouver, Chicago, California, and Calgary.