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Include your Pets in your Evacuation and Disaster Planning
The How Do Gardener ^ | October 5, 2011 | ARA

Posted on 10/05/2011 6:49:33 AM PDT by orsonwb

All too often when a disaster strikes, our four-legged friends are left to fend for themselves and sometimes end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well-thought-out disaster plan that includes pets...

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: disaster; evacuation; kittyping; pets; planning
With all of the wildfires here in Texas, I realized that even the best G.O.O.D. (Get out of Dodge) bag may not take pets into account.
1 posted on 10/05/2011 6:49:45 AM PDT by orsonwb
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To: orsonwb

I’ve been fattening up my tabby for the WTSHTF scenario.

Yesterday’s pet can be tomorrow’s “survival food store” — “on the hoof” instead of freeze dried.

...

[JUST KIDDING! I love my kitty and I wouldn’t dream of eating her. Well, not all at once, anyhow.)


2 posted on 10/05/2011 6:54:47 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: orsonwb
I realized that even the best G.O.O.D. (Get out of Dodge) bag may not take pets into account.

And mine never will. In a SHTF scenario, human life is paramount, and the pets are on their own. All of my effort and resources will be expended for human survivors.

/johnny

3 posted on 10/05/2011 6:56:29 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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4 posted on 10/05/2011 6:59:29 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Nervous Tick
The ugly truth is if the SHTF and we are all of a sudden put into an every man for himself survival situation (like an EMP attack) large game would be impossible to find in a very short time. Every family now should have a 22LR or high powered pellet gun, with lots of ammo, because small animals and birds, you would not dream of eating now including domestic animals may be all the meat you will get.
5 posted on 10/05/2011 7:04:10 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: orsonwb
My yorkie has a life jacket, and it's already been tested when he fell off the bow of our boat while trolling. Didn't notice he was gone till I saw him paddling after us.
6 posted on 10/05/2011 7:04:24 AM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Nervous Tick

Not me. My two dogs are good watch dogs and about 40-50 total lbs of meat...and unlike Nervous Tick...I’m not kidding. I like my dogs, but I’ll eat ‘em in a nanosecond if I or my family needs to.


7 posted on 10/05/2011 7:08:59 AM PDT by Axeslinger (Where has my country gone?)
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To: orsonwb
Taking care of the pet is the easiest of your survival planning. They drink water (and far less than we do) and eat dry dog/cat food. Nothing stores better than dry pet food - just throw their bag in the trunk and that's it.

Us humans, on the other hand have tons of issues. Dehydrated food, cooking fuel, stove, water purification, hygeine products, tents, sleeping bags, first aide, sunburn, blankets, sleeping pads - the list goes on and on.

Plus, Rover and Fluffy have a god-given gift of easy regurgitation. If they find a flattened animal, they can eat it - and likely will. If the food is bad, their bodies can easily vacate their stomaches and avoid food poisoning that would be far more devastating to us. Planning on the family pet's survival is easy.

Now, as for the importance of keeping the pet; Rover is a pack animal. His loyalty is to your and your family - above his personal safety. His hearing is better than yours, he can/will alert you to strangers approaching his 'pack', he can/will defend you to the best of his ability. He can/will faithfully guard and protect you. The emotional support a loving pet gives you, especially in a traumatic event, is invaluable. Sometimes the difference between life and death, is your will to live. Anything that sustains your will to live, is a good thing.

Now, while I have a couple cats (I am a dog lover first and foremost), let's face reality; Fluffy - well, as soon as the food runs out; will likely take off on her own. It's the nature of the cat to be solitary.

8 posted on 10/05/2011 7:09:44 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Axeslinger; JRandomFreeper; NavyCanDo

A traveling salesman stays overnight with a farm family. When the family gathers to eat there’s a pig seated at the table. And the pig has three medals hanging around his neck and a peg leg. The salesman says, “Um, I see you have a pig having dinner with you.”

“Yes,” says the farmer. “That’s because he’s a very special pig. You see those medals around his neck? Well, the first medal is from when our youngest son fell in the pond, and he was drowning, and that pig swam out and saved his life. The second medal, that’s from when the barn caught fire and our little daughter was trapped in there and the pig ran inside, carried her out and saved her life. And the third medal, that’s from when our oldest boy was cornered in the stock yard by a mean bull, and that pig ran under the fence and bit the bull on the tail and saved the boy’s life.”

“Yes,” says the salesman, “I can see why you let that pig sit right at the table and have dinner with you. And I can see why you awarded him the medals. But how did he get the peg leg?”

“Well,” says, the farmer, “a pig like that—you don’t eat him all at once.”


9 posted on 10/05/2011 7:15:30 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Hodar

I have 3 Ibizan Hounds, 1 Portuguese Podengo Medio and one Dobermann.

The Dobermann is a spectacular alert/defense/protection tool.

The other dogs are hunters without equal and will catch, kill and return any kind of game with nary a -noisy-, noticeable shot fired.

We always have “spare” bags of dog food available, just in case.

We’ll ~all~ eat and sleep well.

[the pet rats and goats can be let go in the woods, the aquarium fish are kinda screwed and the Python is very portable and can find his own food, easily]


10 posted on 10/05/2011 7:28:46 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I would forever and always take care of my pet. She is more than a pet to us as have been all our other pets over the years. She will be provided for and she will remain with us. If I took care of everyone else and let her fend for herself...I could never live with myself. I don’t see how or why I couldn’t do both. Take care of myself, our family and our pet plus what I could do for others. How would including our pet in everything would that stop me from taking care of others. In my mind I would do everything I could do for not only my family and other people but my own pet and any others I could help along the way. It’s a “Hop aboard and together we’ll make it!!!”


11 posted on 10/05/2011 7:30:13 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh... where would our country be without this brilliant man?)
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To: orsonwb; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

12 posted on 10/05/2011 7:46:12 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
1 Pet GOOD Kit:

1 bucket from Home Depot with airtight lid, about 5 bucks.
Sufficient dry food for 3 or 4 days.
Copies of current vaccination records
Food dish, water dish
Blanket
Chew toys
Any necessary medications
Leash and harness

Place all these inside and snap on the lid. You're good to go.

13 posted on 10/05/2011 7:48:55 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

How very sad for your four legged friends. They can’t fend for themselves. How hard is it to say, “let’s go” and they beat you to the car?

Pet food was the first thing that went into our bag.


14 posted on 10/05/2011 7:55:41 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: orsonwb

If my house is being threatened by a wildfire or tornado, or something else that is moving quickly, my kids would be my top priority. I love my pets very much, and I would grieve if anything would happen to them, but I would not risk my life or the lives of my loved ones to keep them safe. But in the case of a hurricane, my pets always will be with me when I evacuate. In that case, there is time to make all the right preparations. If the hotel or shelter doesn’t take pets, there are usually shelters that will take in pets. When we evacuated for Hurricane Katrina, we took our dogs and an elderly neighbor’s dog with us. One of the hotels we stayed at did not take pets, but there was a wonderful pet shelter in the area who boarded our dogs for nothing.


15 posted on 10/05/2011 8:08:32 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Hodar

You are right, Hodar. I know that our dogs are essential to my family’s survival now. If someone comes through our front door, they will have three dogs on top of them. Our GSD alerted us a few weeks ago that someone was in the carport. By “alerted” I mean he dang near went through the door. They would die for us...


16 posted on 10/05/2011 8:17:44 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: JRandomFreeper
"And mine never will. In a SHTF scenario, human life is paramount, and the pets are on their own. All of my effort and resources will be expended for human survivors."

My dog plays an integral role of my SHTF-survival plan. Wherever I find myself, I have a portable intrusion detection system that doubles as a layer of personal protection...

17 posted on 10/05/2011 8:20:38 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Nervous Tick
[JUST KIDDING! I love my kitty and I wouldn’t dream of eating her. Well, not all at once, anyhow.)

I'm sure you could share her and invite others over for a good meal. ;^)

18 posted on 10/05/2011 9:58:03 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite (1 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: orsonwb
Don't forget their sustenance!

Especially during those Earie Times! And don't forget the water!


19 posted on 10/05/2011 9:58:59 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: orsonwb

Thanks for reminding me. I need to add cat food to my food storage.


20 posted on 10/05/2011 10:18:47 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Yep. I’m storing some of my people calories “on the hoof”, a lot, in fact.

As for Dixie, Dubbers and Stuffy - they’re on their own. They been freeloading on us too long anyway. Dixie and Stuffy 12 yrs., Dubbers 5 yrs. What a bunch of GOLDBRICKS! (Extremely valuable, but just sit there looking pretty!)


21 posted on 10/05/2011 2:38:34 PM PDT by Twinkie (For God (the Father) so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son .. John 3:16)
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To: orsonwb
I'd recommend getting your pets micro chipped. This one act will increase the chances of getting your pet back if the SHTF due to weather or natural disasters. OTOH make plans for your pets and livestock, its just good planning.
22 posted on 10/05/2011 7:19:48 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: cubreporter
I would forever and always take care of my pet. She is more than a pet to us as have been all our other pets over the years. She will be provided for and she will remain with us. If I took care of everyone else and let her fend for herself...I could never live with myself. I don’t see how or why I couldn’t do both. Take care of myself, our family and our pet plus what I could do for others. How would including our pet in everything would that stop me from taking care of others. In my mind I would do everything I could do for not only my family and other people but my own pet and any others I could help along the way. It’s a “Hop aboard and together we’ll make it!!!”

I could never let anything happen to my 3 cats if I can help it. I see my pets as equals in my life. I see it this way, my uncle always thought that a person's character is how "he treats his animals" so I do believe there is a lot of karma to it. I lost a cat to cancer four months ago and although it was inevitable that he would pass on from it, I do feel we did our best to keep him going a fair quality of life up until the last day or three.
23 posted on 10/05/2011 8:22:55 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people." - V for Vendetta)
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To: NavyCanDo

If a domesticated animal is all the meat I would get, then this Marine would become a vegetarian.

And I’d put a bullet in anyone who tried to take one of mine.


24 posted on 10/06/2011 12:13:16 AM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Nowhere Man

You Sir should not be called Nowhwere man...you should be called Honorable Man!!!

I am sorry about your little cat but I KNOW you took care of her to the end. THAT is the right thing to do FOR your pet. God bless you.


25 posted on 10/06/2011 8:46:07 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush Limbaugh... where would our country be without this brilliant man?)
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