What Happens to Your Pets After TEOTWAWKI?

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.

petsIt 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.


11 thoughts on “What Happens to Your Pets After TEOTWAWKI?”

  1. My dogs are guardians of my goat herd and chicken flock so they do earn their keep. They will get the best food I can possibly provide…eggs, rice, vegetables, and occasional meat as the Lord provides from the farm. I have several hens that go broody a few times a year, so I let them set on a clutch of eggs….this gives me extra roosters that can be butchered for meat. The stocked fishing pond, soft-shell turtles, and the occasional gator will also be protein sources.

  2. Taxdn2poverty

    No offense, but anyone and everyone is living in a dreamworld if they think pets can survive teotwawki-necoba (the end of the world as we know it, never coming back). The illustration of the dog you posted is exactly why ours are going down the minute we know the collapse has happened and the world as we knew it is never coming back. I’ll never get over losing the most cherished friend in my life, but I’ll be damned if I’ll put him in a situation where he suffers before he dies. Period.

    1. Taxdn2: and some of us will be so fed up about a situation like this, many would take an O.D., etc. knowing no other way to live and not being able to live a normal life, etc. if things get really bad.

    2. Anyone who tries to hurt or kill my pets, them I will kill. And my dogs will alert me to intruders, they’re my best alarms.

      Rangers Lead the way!


  3. Good article, bringing another point of consideration when teriyaki happens. Ugly truth. But as we said in the military – 7 P’s, prior proper planing prevents piss poor performance. Be prepared.

  4. Our dogs also protect our flock and home. They alert and know the whereabouts of an intruder human or animal way before I do. Without their 24 hour alertness on a dime, I do not think my family would survive very long without the dogs in a SHTF aftermath. Stock up on provisions for the pooch as well as yourself

  5. The author states that dogs will form packs to survive. This implies something for defending a home when you cannot know at the back of your property for lack of surveillance at the front who or what may appear around the side of a typical unfenced suburban house, coming from the road. This will include hungry dogs.
    The implication is that at least one open-air (covered) area behind the house, the area where you spend a lot of time on activities that need ventilation (clothes drying, open fire cooking, painting, running generator), needs fencing against dogs. Extending the house sides into the backyard as e.g. chainlink fence some distance and including a lockable gate in it would seem advisable. You then cannot be blindsided by sudden approaches around the house corners, as you can see what is coming at you through the fence.

  6. We have two dogs: a little Westi Jack Russell terrier who servers as our “alarm dog” and a big Rott/Lab/Malamut mix who serves as our “enforcer” after the alarm dog goes off. Our preps for both dogs include food, med kits, and saddle bags. Experience has already proven that our family is safer with the dogs than without, so we’re planning to keep them working after a major event.

  7. I have put away several 5 gallon buckets of dog food. After 3 years in storage averaging 60 deg, I opened one bucket and found it had turned rancid. Does that mean the dog food had become poisonous?
    What brand of dog food, both mid sized 40-70 pounds would you recommend?
    Does cat food also turn rancid?

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