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If the police or fire department knocked on the front door of your home at this exact moment and gave you 5–10 minutes to evacuate, what would you do? If you heard a tornado warning on the radio or if a tropical storm is suddenly elevated up to hurricane status (leaving you very little time to prepare), do you have a plan?
A disaster or other emergency situation can occur unexpectedly within hours, minutes, or even seconds. Not only should you have a preparedness plan for all the people in your family, but you should have one for your pets! What if taking a little time now means you'll be able to save your pets in the future?
Being prepared before a disaster occurs may give you the few extra minutes you need to save your beloved animal family members. Put together a Pet Emergency Kit today!
- Remember: The safety of people should always be the top priority in an emergency.
- This article isn't discussing first aid kits for pets (even though a pet owner should always have one). This article discusses pet bug-out kits, and they're a necessity if there's an emergency requiring you to evacuate your home. All you'll have to do is grab your pets and the emergency kit and then get out. Your evacuation will be quick, your animals won't need to be left behind in dangerous conditions, and you'll have everything you need to properly care for them while you wait for the disaster to pass.
Things to Consider When Making Your Kit
- Quantity and Type of Pet(s): Dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, and aquatics all have different needs and you'll need to pack your pet's bug-out kit accordingly. Another, more heart-wrenching thing to consider involves some pets being easier to evacuate than others. There may be an emergency during which you can only help a couple of your pets instead of all them. It's can be a tough thing to do, but have a plan that encompasses possibilities like this.
- Type of Disaster: Different types of emergencies call for different responses. You need to hunker down in a safe spot during tornadoes and earthquakes but need to evacuate quickly when threatened by a wildfire. Think about the different disasters that could potentially happen to you and plan for them accordingly.
- Accessibility: An emergency kit should be kept somewhere handy and should be easy to access. Storing it in the back of a packed and messy shed won't help you because you may end up wasting valuable time trying to get to it.
- Storage: How much space do you have to store the emergency kit? How much space do you need in order to store all the necessary supplies? How will you be evacuating? Kits can be stored in backpacks, plastic totes/boxes, or other types of containers. Choose a container that will work for you and your family.
Plan for all pets, including mammals, reptiles, birds, aquatics, and invertebrates.
- Store the kit where it cannot be damaged by water or pests (like mice).
- If any of the supplies have the possibility of leaking (such as a bottle of hand sanitizer), store them in seal-able plastic baggies.
- If any of the supplies are easily damaged by water (like medical records and paper towels), also store them in seal-able baggies or containers.
- Food will expire eventually. Routinely throw out or cycle through the food kept in the emergency kit to keep it fresh and healthy for your animals.
Tips on Preparation and Budgeting
- Have travel cages ready beforehand. Keep a dog's or cat's pet carrier assembled, complete with snuggly blanket already inside. For hamsters, reptiles, and other animals, have a travel cage ready to go, including the substrate.
- Consider putting a Rescue Alert Sticker in one of your windows so emergency personnel will know there are animals inside your home (for situations when you're not home). You can order one online entirely for free or you can make one.
- Can't afford extra supplies for a kit? You'll find tons of useful stuff at your local discount or dollar store. Or recycle old things you were going to throw out anyway (old ratty towels make good dog blankets in an emergency). Having anything is better than having nothing. You can also budget $5 a month towards getting supplies and put your kit together over a several months or more.
Suggested Supplies Checklist
Important paperwork (medical records, veterinarian phone numbers, list of boarding kennels or hotels that allow pets, etc)
Photos of your pets (used to prove ownership in the event you are separated)
3-7 days of food (consider including wet canned food for dogs and cats because it has higher moisture content)
Toys & treats
Food and water dishes
Restraint supplies such as extra collars, harnesses, leashes, pet carriers/crates, a pillowcase (used to hold a pet secure while checking it for health issues)
Animal waste disposal: dog poo bags, disposable litter box (an aluminum roasting pan works), litter
Basic first aid supplies
Miscellaneous items such as garbage bags, blankets, paper towels, sanitary wipes, hand sanitizer, flashlight
Reptile/Amphibian/Invertebrate-specific supplies: travel cage, extra substrate, misting bottle for tropical species, water dish, food, water dechlorinator, heating pad or spare basking light, extension cords
Small mammal-specific supplies: travel cage, extra drinking bottles, food, chew toys, toilet paper tube or box for a hide, extra bedding, nesting material
Bird-specific supplies: travel cage, misting bottle (for hot weather), bedding, net, food, water dish, a towel or other sort of cage cover
Example: My Own Pet Emergency Kit
I myself have quite the menagerie of pets, and I love them all dearly. I can't even imagine leaving any one of them behind during an evacuation, which is why I've done my best to prepare beforehand.
In my climate, disasters can include tornadoes, wildfires, flash flooding, blizzards, and perhaps a few others I haven't even thought of. In addition to these, as a kid I lived in hurricane territory, and I can distinctly remember all the steps my parents went through to prepare for those vicious storms.
With those in mind, this is the thought process behind preparing my pets' kit:
- Not only do I have two dogs and a cat, but I also have several turtles, tortoises, tarantulas, hermit crabs, a salamander, a betta fish, and a snail. I planned for all of them, and it wasn't even too difficult!
- My reptiles/amphibians/hermit crabs: Supplies I included in the kit are a couple extension cords (because outlets in hotels are notoriously always out-of-reach), heat lamps, thermostats, moss for maintaining humidity, a misting bottle, dishes, and some freeze-dried food. I also chose appropriately-sized storage containers and tupperware dishes as travel cages because they were a good balance between the most basic needs of the animals and the ease of being able to carry and evacuate them out.
- Example: My tortoises are accustomed to large indoor tortoise tables and huge outdoor pens. But for the sake of being able to save their lives quickly and easily, I opted for stackable plastic drawers which, although a bit small, are still several times the width and length of my pets. The drawers are sturdy, hold substrate well, and maintain a good humidity while still providing ventilation. And because they stack, I can fit them into my car quite easily. Each travel cage is stored out-of-sight in the same room the animals' indoor enclosures are in, ensuring they are quickly accessible.
- My tarantulas: They're already kept in lightweight, easy-to-move, and secure cages. To evacuate them, I only need to stack their enclosures carefully into a box (which I keep nearby).
- My dogs and cat: I packed important paperwork, blankets, treats, one toy each, leashes, a litterbox, dog poo bags, and travel carriers.
- Miscellaneous items: zip ties, trash bags, spare dishes and tupperware containers, a couple bottles of water, anti-bacterial ointment, a saline wound wash, a few paper plates, and hand sanitizer. You never know what might be useful, and they all fit in the kit, so why not?
I appreciate you taking the time to read my article, and I would absolutely love to hear from you! Do you have any fun stories to share about your pets? Are there any articles you'd like to see in the future? Please leave a comment or contact me. And if you have a moment, browse through my other articles.
Leah25 on March 30, 2018:
Thanks for this, best I have seen for evacuating non-mammal pets so far. I have a cat, 2 rabbits, 2 RES turtles and a large fish. I have been trying to start prepping for them and don't think the mammals will be too difficult, but I am wondering if you have any ideas on keeping water turtles and fish going for a few days to a week in plastic totes without electricity... Turtles require there heat and UV lamps and the fish requires oxygenated water...plus I'd have to move them and all our human evacuation gear in my small SUV. Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks.
Help protect pets by spreading the word about disaster preparedness. Download and share the ASPCA's disaster prep checklist.
Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Here are simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes:
Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker
This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers (we recommend placing it on or near your front door), and that it includes the types and number of pets in your home as well as the name and number of your veterinarian. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers.
Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:
- Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
- Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
- Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
- Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.
Step 3: Choose "Designated Caregivers”
This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.
When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.
Step 4: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
- The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
- Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
- Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
- Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include)
- 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
- Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
- Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
- At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
- Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner
You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.
Geographic Considerations: If you live in an area that is prone to certain natural disasters, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods, you should plan accordingly.
- Determine well in advance which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear or hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
- Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms and basements as safe zones
- Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
- In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.
Special Considerations for Horses
- Keep a clean and tidy stable and pasture. Remove hazardous and flammable materials, debris and machinery from around the barn’s walkways, entrances and exits. Regularly maintain and inspect barn floors and septic tanks. Inspect your grounds regularly and remove dangerous debris in the pasture.
- Prevent fires by instituting a no-smoking policy around your barn. Avoid using or leaving on appliances in the barn, even seemingly-harmless appliances like box fans, heaters and power tools can overheat. Exposed wiring can also lead to electrical fires in the barn, as can a simple nudge from an animal who accidentally knocks over a machine.
- Get your horse used to wearing a halter, and get him used to trailering. Periodically, you should practice quickly getting your horse on a trailer for the same reason that schools have fire drills—asking a group of unpracticed children to exit a burning building in a calm fashion is a little unrealistic, as is requesting a new and strange behavior of your horse.
- If you own a trailer, please inspect it regularly. Also, make sure your towing vehicle is appropriate for the size and weight of the trailer and horse. Always make sure the trailer is hitched properly—the hitch locked on the ball, safety chains or cables attached, and emergency brake battery charged and linked to towing vehicle. Proper tire pressure (as shown on the tire wall) is also very important.
- Get your horse well-socialized and used to being handled by all kinds of strangers. If possible, invite emergency responders and/or members of your local fire service to interact with your horse. It will be mutually beneficial for them to become acquainted. Firemen’s turnout gear may smell like smoke and look unusual, which many horses find frightening—so ask them to wear their usual response gear to get your horse used to the look and smell.
- Set up a phone tree/buddy system with other nearby horse owners and local farms. This could prove invaluable should you—or they—need to evacuate animals or share resources like trailers, pastures or extra hands!
- Keep equine veterinary records in a safe place where they can quickly be reached. Be sure to post emergency phone numbers by the phone. Include your 24-hour veterinarian, emergency services and friends. You should also keep a copy for emergency services personnel in the barn that includes phone numbers for you, your emergency contact, your 24-hour veterinarian and several friends.
Special Considerations for Birds
- Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.
- In cold weather, make certain you have a blanket over your pet’s cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling.
- In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to periodically moisten your bird’s feathers.
- Have recent photos available, and keep your bird’s leg bands on for identification.
- If the carrier does not have a perch, line it for paper towels that you can change frequently.
- Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible.
- It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder. If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure his daily feeding schedule.
- Items to keep on hand: Catch net, heavy towel, blanket or sheet to cover cage, cage liner.
Special Considerations for Reptiles
- A snake may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for him when you reach a safe place.
- Take a sturdy bowl that is large for your pet to soak in. It’s also a good idea to bring along a heating pad or other warming devise, such as a hot water bottle.
- Lizards can be transported like birds (see above).
Special Considerations for Small Animals
- Small animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and guinea pigs, should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls.
- Items to keep on hand: Salt lick, extra water bottle, small hidebox or tube, a week’s worth of bedding.
Pet Safety in Emergencies
Emergencies come in many forms: fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, violent storms and even terrorism. In the event of extreme weather or a disaster, would you know what to do to protect your pet? Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. Even if you try to create a safe place for them, pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or worse. Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.
To get started, familiarize yourself with the types of disasters that could affect your area and consider your options for providing care for your pet(s).
Disasters can happen without warning, so be prepared:
- Make sure your pet(s) wear collars and tags with up-to-date contact information and other identification.
- Microchip your pet(s) – this is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company.
- Keep a leash and/or carrier near the exit.
- Make sure you have proper equipment for pets to ride in the car (carriers, harnesses, pet seatbelts).
- Prepare a Pet Disaster Kitso evacuation will go smoothly for your entire family. Ask your veterinarian for help in putting together your pet’s veterinary records.
Make a Plan
- Plan where you and your pet will stay in case you need to evacuate your home. Pets may not be allowed in local shelters, unless they are service animals. Many disaster evacuation centers (such as Red Cross evacuation centers) do not accept pets and other animals.
- Identify shelters or out-of-town friends or relatives where your pets and other animals can stay.
- Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter and in the case you are unable to return home right away.
- Create a buddy system in case you’re not home during an emergency. Ask a trusted neighbor who can check on your animals and can evacuate your animals if necessary.
- Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter and add the veterinarian’s contact information to your emergency kit.
Create an emergency kit for your pet
Prepare an emergency kit for your pet ahead of time.
- Purchase a pet carrier for each of your pets (write your pet’s name, your name, and contact information on each carrier).
- Food and water for at least 2 weeks for each pet
- For cats: litter box and litter
- For dogs: plastic bags for poop
- Medications for at least 2 weeks
- Medical records, including record of vaccination for rabies and other diseases, prescription medications, and medical history.
- Sturdy leashes or harnesses
- Microchip number
- Contact information (cell phone, work phone, home phone) of owner and close relative or friends
Practice evacuating your pet
- Train your pets to be in their carriers by making it a comfortable place.
- Practice transporting your pet by taking them for rides in a vehicle similar to one you would be evacuating in. If you do not have a car, make arrangements with neighbors, family, and friends. You can also contact your local government to learn about transportation options during a disaster.
- Know where your pet might hide when stressed or scared. Practice catching your pet, if needed.
- For cats, you can practice removing your cat from his/her hiding spot and using your cat’s carrier, a pillowcase, a sturdy box — anything to get your cat quickly out of harm’s way.
- Have your entire family practice evacuating with your pets so everyone knows what to take, where to find the pets, and where to meet.
If you don’t have a plan and need information quickly in an emergency, contact:
Local Animal Shelters
Search for local shelters and rescue groups on Petfinder’s Shelter Center external icon . Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.
Local government animal control or service agencies can provide guidance on how to protect your pets in an emergency.
RedRover shelters and cares for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises in the United States and Canada. If you need sheltering assistance, please call RedRover at (800) 440-3277 or visit RedRover.org external icon .
Sheltering during an evacuation
- Remember, during a disaster, what is good for you is good for your pet. If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors.
- Contact your local emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets. If accommodations are needed for your pet(s):
- Contact local veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, local animal shelters, family or friends outside the evacuation area, or a pet-friendly hotel, particularly along evacuation routes.
- Visit the Humane Society websiteexternal icon external icon to find a shelter in your area.
- Remember to take your pet’s emergency kit with you.
- Learn what to expect if you take your pet to an evacuation center.
Sheltering in place
When sheltering at home with your pet, make sure the room chosen is pet-friendly in the following ways:
- Select a safe room, preferably an interior room with no (or few) windows.
- Remove any toxic chemicals or plants.
- Close off small areas where frightened cats could get stuck in (such as vents or beneath heavy furniture).
Diseases that can spread between pets and people during a natural disaster
Natural disasters can contribute to the transmission of some diseases. Exposure to inclement weather conditions, stagnant water, wildlife or unfamiliar animals, and overcrowding can put your pet at risk for getting sick. Some of these illnesses can be transmitted between pets and people (also known as zoonotic diseases or zoonoses). Some common disaster-related diseases that pets can pass to people are the following: rabies, leptospirosis, and diseases spread by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks.
- Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system in both animals and people. Rabies is transmitted through bites from rabid animals or through contact with their saliva. To protect you and your pet: Report any bite wounds to medical personnel immediately. Practice safe handling of pets in a stressful situation. Keep your pet in a carrier or on a leash. Do not allow your pet to interact with other animals
- Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease found in the urine of infected animals that can cause kidney damage and affect other organs. It is transmitted through contact with infected urine or contaminated water, soil, and food. Wash your hands after coming in contact with urine. Avoid stagnant water, especially after flooding occurring after natural disasters. Don’t allow pets to play in or drink contaminated water.
- Diseases spread by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks: Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are common pests of stray animals and can be a problem immediately following a disaster situation. Their bites irritate the skin and may also spread a variety of diseases (Lyme disease, West Nile virus) harmful to both people and animals. To help prevent illnesses associated with mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks: Keep your pet away from wildlife and stray animals. Talk to your veterinarian about the use of a regular preventative treatment for fleas, ticks, and parasites for your pet.
How to Keep Yourself and Your Pets Healthy During a Disaster
- Wash your hands after handling your pet, its food, or its waste.
- Do not let your pet lick your face or hands.
- Keep your pet up-to-date on all vaccinations and heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives.
- Practice safe handling of your pet, because your pet may behave differently during a stressful situation.
- Keep your pet in a carrier or on a leash.
- Do not allow your pet to interact with other animals, especially wildlife and stray animals.
- Report any bite wounds to medical personnel immediately.
- Properly clean and disinfect cages and litterboxes. Wash your pet’s bedding regularly.
- Avoid stagnant water, especially after flooding occurring after natural disasters.
- Don’t allow pets to play in or drink contaminated water.
After an emergency, familiar scents and landmarks may have changed. Pets can become confused and lost, so it’s important to keep pets on leash or in a carrier when they’re being transported or when you go outside. Some hazards to be aware of for pets and people include snakes and other wildlife, especially after flooding, and downed power lines.
Know Your Region’s Native Disasters
Is your region prone to hurricanes? What about tornadoes, blizzards or wildfires? Most regions have “native” disasters that occur more often than others.
Hurricanes are common on the Gulf Coast, for example, but they’re unlikely to see the wildfires or earthquakes common in California.
Identifying the most common natural disasters is a good place to start.
If you live in a hurricane-prone area, check your property's elevation level and flood history. It's also smart to get familiar with local evacuation routes.
This will help you build an effective plan for you and your pet.
Pet First Aid Kit
Although most human first aid kits will have the basic supplies and many things are interchangeable, you should make a pet based first aid kit so you have all the supplies you need in any emergency or critical situation.
Having a separate pet first aid kit will also keep any cross contamination at bay during treatment. Brushing up on pet CPR would be a smart move in addition to packing a pet BOB and first aid kit.
Here are the basics for constructing your pet’s first aid kit:
- Hypoallergenic tape and sports tape
- Sterile eye wash
- Vaseline or other petroleum type jelly
- Triple antibacterial ointment
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Rubbing alcohol
- Witch hazel for ears
- Antihistamine spray and stick up pills like Benadryl (it can also act as a sedative in emergencies)
- Aspirin (buffered type)
- Pepto bismol dry tablets
- Imodium ID for intestinal distress
- Kaopectate tablets
- “Hot spot” spray or foaming sanitizer
- Cotton swabs and squares
- Ace bandages or non-stick wrap style bandages
- Scissors with blunt tips for the bandages
- Pediolyte for electrolytes (to avoid dehydration)
- Muzzle for safety
- Thermometer for rectal temperature
- Needle and nylon thread (dental floss in an emergency)
- Honey packs for fast acting energy to the liver to avoid shock
Here is a good video on pet CPPR:
A Few More Things to Consider
Pets can prove to be very useful in SHTF or survivalist situations. We know they can defend the home. They also can provide some necessary services that can help on a homestead, so it is prudent to think on the pros and cons.
To me, I cannot think of not taking them. In some situations, people may need to decide. They may have limited choices and it is a very weighty decision to make.
Pros of Pets
- Pets provide a very uncanny sensory tool. They can sense intentions, vibrations and disturbances well before a human can. Being in tune with a pet, it can be an early warning system for environmental happenings. Pets also can detect intent and warn about danger and dangerous people if you listen.
- Insulator contact heat there’s something to be said for having a living heating pad inside your sleeping bag.
- Companion and emotional support in many crises, having another soul can be very comforting. This also can motivate you to go on when you know this little life depends on you.
- Security and vigilance with a pet’s hearing, scent, and sight so much more powerful than ours, it is an early detection system and one we can learn the silent signs of.
- Hunting ability many sports were evolved from the pet’s ability to hunt game and retrieve it for the sole reason of food. Having this resource that is swifter and happy to do it will go far in gathering much needed game for survival.
Cons of Pets
- Splitting rations sharing food and water will be something to think on.
- Detection if you do not train your pet, barking or running free could blow your cover and bring undesirables your way.
- Scaring off game again if not trained, he may have too much fun and scare away game with barking, exploring their trails, or urine scenting.