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instructions for your family pet
You've made a survival kit of your own, now it is time to 
take care of those who depend upon you for their survival.

A pet survival kit is important survival gear for anyone 

who loves their pets. When you acquired your pet you took on the 

responsibility of providing for all its needs.

And that includes helping your pet survive come what 


The Importance of Pet Survival Kits

Having the proper pet survival kit goes beyond ensuring 

that your favorite animal is well taken care of.

For example, during large scale survival scenarios, such 

as the Katrina episode 

when hurricanes strike populated areas, pets are often 

let loose in vast 

numbers because their owners cannot properly 

take care of them. 

Packs of roaming dogs 

are a danger to the community as they attempt to 

survive on their own.


exotic birds, and other pets may develop breeding 

populations that cause 

environmental havoc proceding the survival emergency.

How to Make a Pet Survival Kit

It is the responsibility of all pet owners to properly 

prepare for pet survival. 

The best pet survival kits will contain at least the 

following items or 


  • Recent pictures of your pet placed both in the pet 
  • survival kit and on  your person.
  • A pet survival collar worn by your pet that contains 
  • the pet’s id, name and 
  • Address, phone number, rabies tag, and license.
  • Have all your pets’ shots up to date.
  • Your pet’s vaccination documents.
  • Pet Health records.
  • Complete array of pet medications should be 
  • in the pet survival kit.
  • An extra leash.
  • A pet carrier or a pet cage.
  • Water and food bowls.
  • A two week pet survival food supply.
  • Several gallons of clean drinking water.
  • A hand can opener (not electric!).
  • A pet waste disposal system including newspapers, 
  • cat littler, poop 
  • scoop, 
  • bleach, and plastic garbage bags.
  • A list containing detailed special instructions for the 
  • care of each pet.
  • Grooming supplies and toys.
  • The pet survival kit should contain clean pet bedding.

Put the contents of the pet survival kit into an easy to 

transport container.

Pet Survival Plan

You also need to have a pet survival plan that considers 

the needs of   your pet for any situation. Know the locations 

of local shelters for both you and your pets 

and ask if they accept pets during survival situations.

You can also place pet locator decals on windows in your 

home so that 


responders know the likely location of pets should an 

emergency occur.

Your pet’s survival depends upon you even when times 

are easy. When 


is at stake, you need to be prepared to continue caring 

for your pets so 

that they 

come out alive and healthy. A pet survival kit is required 

gear for any pet