We posted on our Facebook page:
What are some good thoughts, ideas or tips on pet care in a post disaster situation?
Some comments we received:
Comment #1: No room for pets post SHTF. Only working animals should have any resources spent on them! A good mouser keeping your stores safe from vermin is probably one of the most valuable assets you can have, however.
Comment #2: Never let them out of your sight. Always have a supply of food, water and pet medical supplies on hand & stored safely so you’ll have everything should you need it after an “event”.
Comment #3: Yes a good service animal is great, but so would a companion animal. Some people feel closer to their pet than humans. A cat, dog or even a ferret would get that owner thru hard times. If they are able to support said animal. My cat is ready to go with his own supplies. A source of comfort is all he would be to me(mouser too I guess). Mental health is the number 1 survival tool. Without it, no manner of prep will get you through. I would never eat my cat.
Comment #4: I would give my dog (pitbull) a chance to survive with my wife and kids before myself. I know she would protect almost as good as I could. But I would have some extra food (ammo case) and leash with an extra blanket or two to keep her warm and comfortable. Her job would be security and protection.
Comment #5: During massive evacuations such as Katrina, pets are sometimes left behind. Evac planes and buses cannot handle pets. If you get stuck in FEMA camps most cannot accommodate pets or adequate supplies to feed and care for them. Be prepared to shelter in place or if you must evac and no one to care for them, put your animal down rather than letting them suffer.