Now that hot days are upon us here in Portland, it's probably a good time to remind folks the danger of leaving pets in cars. Generally, we leave our cats at home and take along our dogs for the ride, but it never hurts to remember the danger a car can be during the hot summer days. According to the ASPCA website on an 85 degree day, it only takes ten minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees, even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. Within 30 minutes, a car's interior can reach 120 degrees. When the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter. Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun. Pets most at risk for hypothermia (overheating): young animals, elderly animals, overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark-colored coats. The ASPCA has a pdf poster that you can print and use to educate your community about the dangers of leaving pets in cars.