Short Hills Company Wins PETA Award for Hot-Car Warning Signs

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Short Hills, N.J. – A Compassionate Business Award is on its way from PETA to locally based Garden Commercial Properties, a subsidiary of Garden Homes Management Corporation, for designing and installing warning signs about the dangers of leaving animals and children in parked cars. The property management group’s decision follows discussions with PETA and affects its more than 50 retail and office spaces.

Photos are available here.

“Even ‘quick errands’ can end in tragedy, as temperatures inside parked cars can soar to triple digits within minutes,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “By answering PETA’s call for warning signs, Garden Commercial Properties will help prevent animals and children from enduring terrible heatstroke deaths.”

This year, the heat-related deaths of 20 dogs have already made the news—and countless more have suffered and died out of the public eye. Anyone who sees a dog or a child in a parked vehicle should take immediate action: Write down the color, make, model, and license plate number, and rush to have nearby stores page the owner of the car—if the owner can’t be found, call the local humane authorities or the police. And if they’re unresponsive, do whatever it takes to save the individual’s life. PETA offers an emergency window-breaking hammer for intervening in life-or-death situations.

Garden Commercial Properties will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan chocolates.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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