If SHTF I just don't think I will be able to take my pets with me and my family. We have 3 wonderful dogs and 2 beautiful cats but I also have 3 precious babies, myself, and my husband to get out of the house. How do you emotionally deal with that? I may sound like a sappy woman, but those animals, especially the dogs have been with us since before we had any kids. They were my babies before I had my real babies! My children will also be very upset leaving them behind.
I know I'll have to suck it up in the end but I wouldn't mind hearing your advice.
If at all possible, I would keep at least one (preferably all) of the dogs with you. They are just about the best early warning system you can have. They can hear and sense things that we never could. We also have cats but I'm afraid they would have to be left behind. JMHO.
Many people with pets have to make this decision. Our dogs will go with us, but they have their own little bug out bag and harnesses. A lot of people get their pets cages and a small trailer to haul them and other stuff.
I'm not big on pets. If you can prep for them that's great.
Since I'm more of a cat person I'd say just let them go. Animals are pretty good at taking care of themselves. When I was a kid my cat only came by the house to say hello and get a snack. It pretty much lived outdoors and would hunt for most of it's food and that was in the heart of the city.
I'm sure if I had to evacuate when I came back the cat would be there looking at me like "hey where'd you go I need a snack." Unless the disaster was a flood or something like that. Then most of the pets wouldn't make it.
I live at my bugout. So, I only worry about making sure that I have enough food for them. But with all the birds and squirrles rabbits and chickens and stored rice, beans and vegies, we should all be ok.
Depending on the pet, I will either turn them loose, flush them down the toilet or turn them into a meal. Creatures like birds and cats would be easy to "turn loose" - their instincts are strong enough to survive and stuff. Fish - if I cannot keep them alive for any reason - the toilet is my answer there. Gerbils and hamsters - they would make a nice meal for the cats.
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if you have 3 dogs, you may not be able to take them all. if it looked like things were going downhill, you may have time to decide to euthanize them before TSHTF fully. I have a yorkie, if things look like they are going downhill fast, I will have him euthanized. I dont think I could handle severe crisis and having to deal with him as well. but I will have to see...i would never turn him loose to die on the streets. a cat can survive, a yorkie? no way...