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National award-winning campaign reminding holiday shoppers to not leave pets alone in vehicles’ “freezer” like environment

Pets in vehicles warning sticker campaign partnership gains national recognition for efforts to save lives

 

December 12, 2012, Edmonton, Alberta – An award winning public awareness campaign to save animals’ lives is returning to the front of minds heading into the holiday season.

 

Holiday shoppers are being reminded about the dangers they put their pets in by leaving animals alone in vehicles during extreme cold weather.  This reminder comes with the second phase of the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) and Waterloo Ford Lincoln’s “Pets in Vehicles” sticker campaign that launched in May of this year.  The local car dealership sponsored the production of 100,000 "first of its kind” window stickers to remind people about the dangers of leaving animals in vehicles any time of the year, summer or winter.

 

Each year hundreds of pets are placed at risk by being left alone in a parked vehicle when people think that they may only be a few minutes in a building and instead end up taking a lot longer, losing track of time.

 

A car or truck traps air inside and acts like a freezer on cold days and an oven in the summer.   Owners who leave animals in distress in vehicles could face charges under the Animal Protection Act of Alberta.

 

The stickers produced as part of the campaign are placed inside the driver’s side window in any vehicle and are meant to remind drivers to think twice before leaving a pet alone in a parked car or truck.  Drivers are advised to only travel to pet friendly establishments or bring along an adult passenger to stay with the pet while the driver runs an errand.

 

The unique public awareness campaign has won a national award.  The “2012 Summit for Urban Animal Strategies’ Canadian Community Compliance Award” recognizes efforts to increase the overall level of compliance in a community.   The nomination came from Petsecure Pet Health Insurance


(From left, Rick Brown, VP and GM of Waterloo Ford Lincoln; Shawna Randolph, EHS Spokesperson holding the award; Officer Taylor, EHS Animal Protection Peace Officer; Lundy Prokopetz, Petsecure Pet Health Insurance)

“The EHS went above and beyond to educate and bring awareness and compliance to pet owners and the community. Their effort along with Waterloo Ford Lincoln is saving lives year round,” says Lundy Prokopetz, Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan area manager for Petsecure Pet Health Insurance. 

 

"This award winning partnership is vital in order to help prevent tragedies," says Edmonton Humane Society CEO, Stephanie McDonald.  "The EHS is delighted that the campaign has gained national recognition, thanks to so many responsible pet owners taking part over the past several months.”

 

“It has been amazing to see how passionate people are when it comes to the safety of not only their pets, but how keenly aware people have become about the concerns of leaving pets unattended in any vehicle”, says Rick Brown, Vice President and General Manager of Waterloo Ford Lincoln.  “We have been overwhelmed with support of the sticker campaign form our staff, our customers as well as folks we have never had the opportunity to do business with before. Our partnership with the EHS is a first of its kind and we are honored to be receiving this award with them.”

A few thousand stickers are still available and are free to anyone.  Drop by the Waterloo Ford Lincoln showroom at 11420 - 107 Avenue, call the dealership at 780-423-4330, or visit the Edmonton Humane Society Shelter at 13620 - 163 Street for information on obtaining stickers.

 



 Landmark initiative launched to prevent animals from suffering in vehicles

First of its kind partnership between Waterloo Ford Lincoln and Edmonton Humane Society 

 

May 25, 2012, Edmonton, Alberta - Waterloo Ford Lincoln has teamed up with the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) to launch an innovative life-saving partnership to prevent animals from suffering in vehicles. Waterloo Ford Lincoln has sponsored "first of its kind” window stickers to remind people about the dangers of leaving animals in vehicles any time of the year.  100,000 stickers have been printed and are part of the new "Pets in Vehicles" campaign developed to prevent animals from suffering extreme heat or cold while left alone in a parked vehicle.

Stickers are free to anyone.  Drop by the Waterloo Ford Lincoln showroom at 11420 - 107 Avenue, call the dealership at 780-423-4330, visit  www.edmontonhumanesociety.com, or visit the Edmonton Humane Society Shelter at 13620 - 163 Street for information on obtaining stickers.

 

"This partnership is vital in order to help save lives," says Edmonton Humane Society CEO, Stephanie McDonald.  "The Edmonton Humane Society is delighted to team up with Waterloo Ford Lincoln in this awareness campaign as it helps to spread a vital message in our community.”

“Waterloo Ford Lincoln is committed to contributing to the safety of pets,” says Rick Brown, Vice President and General Manager of Waterloo Ford Lincoln. “To demonstrate that commitment, all new and used vehicles sold by Waterloo Ford Lincoln will display the “Keep Your Pets Safe” sticker on the driver’s window.  We want to reinforce the message to drivers that it is not safe to leave pets in vehicles, no matter what the weather.”

“Additionally, the Waterloo Ford Lincoln showroom has been set up to accommodate pets while customers visit,” adds Rick. “We encourage you to bring your pet into the showroom. We have leash hooks so your pet can be secured in the showroom, pet treats, water bowls and clean-up supplies for “possible spills and accidents.”

Each year hundreds of pets are placed at risk by being left alone in a parked vehicle when people think that they may only be a few minutes in a building and instead end up taking a lot longer, losing track of time. 

 

 

A car or truck traps air inside and acts like a fridge on cold days and an oven in the summer.   On hot days, the inside temperature of a vehicle can soar to 39ºC (100ºF) in ten minutes, and to 49ºC (120ºF) in thirty minutes even with the windows slightly rolled down or if parked in the shade.  Owners who leave animals in distress in vehicles could face charges under the Animal Protection Act of Alberta.

The stickers produced as part of the campaign are to be placed inside the drivers' side window in any vehicle and will remind drivers to think twice before leaving a pet alone in a parked car or truck.  It is hoped that instead of leaving and animal in a vehicle, the sticker will urge a person to be proactive and bring along an adult passenger to stay with the pet while the driver runs an errand.

"We are extremely excited about this partnership to help us spread the word about something that we have been educating people about for many years," adds McDonald.  "Our hope is that many other organizations will see the value in this campaign and that it will spread across North America, preventing tragedies all over Canada and the United States."   

 

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