This post today is on a subject that is hard for many people to face. We are a nation that loves our pets mostly, cats and dogs. Huge amounts of money are spent on them and the vast majority of them are not working animals. By working I mean cats that hunt for their food, hunting dogs, herd dogs, guard dogs etc. The rest are merely companions, and I know this is very important to some people. So what arrangements have you made for your pets?
I suspect that a good many people will just turn them loose, when food is short. Some will put them to sleep, which is the most humane thing to do. A few might even eat them. I believe that turning them loose to fend for themselves; will be the cruelest thing to do to the majority of pets. They will starve, die from exposure or be eaten by other animals or hunters. Some larger stronger animals will survive and in the case of dogs form packs, which will prey on livestock or even people.
As the pet owner, you are responsible for what happens to the animal. You will notice that in third world countries not many people keep pets. So what are you going to do with yours?
This is a decision you should make ahead of time. The decision is easy if it is a good healthy working dog. The dog could be very valuable for your survival. If it is, a home pet of no real value other than as a companion or an older or sick animal, the decision becomes harder
So you have made the decision to keep your pets what comes next.
The pet should be kept current on their vaccinations. Keep a copy of the vaccination records in your bug-out-bag, first aid kit, or on the flash drive that you will carry with you if you have to leave.
Make sure that you have enough food stored to take care of your pet. This could be quite a bit depending on the size of your animal. A large dog can consume a surprising amount of food. If they are not working and paying their way, this can be a problem.
It doesn’t hurt to have medical supplies you need for your animals. This could include any prescription meds they are taking. You can even get Medical Kits for your dogs, like the one sold by Adventure Medical.
You need to be prepared in case you have to bug out. If you have to bug out on foot, you want saddlebags for your dogs and depending on the weather and terrain, cold weather vest and boots. If you have a small dog or cat, you need to plan how you will carry it. If you have to move by car, make sure you have a crate or carrier.
Another consideration is noise; you may want to start to train your dog to be quite on command in cause you have to hide. Some dog owners have had luck with citronella collars to train their dogs to not bark.
I guess the main point I am trying to make here is that if you want to save your pet, you have to plan for them just as you would for another person. This is the reason that you need to make your plans ahead of time.