Pets on the Titanic

Maddie Shainheit

How many pets were on the Titanic, and how many survived?

Research shows that there were 12 dogs, 1 cat and her litter of kittens, 1 yellow canary, 4 roosters, and 4 hens.

The only pets who survived were 3 dogs. One of which was Mrs. Elizabeth Rothschild's Pomeranian. She said she would not get on a lifeboat without the little dog. The others were another Pomeranian and the Harpers' prize dog Sun Yat-Sen All other pets and animals perished in the sinking. A women's body was even found, and she was still holding her shaggy dog in her arms.

Why did most people abandon the pets?

Pets were the forgotten victims of the Titanic. Nowadays, most pets are considered family, so why were they left behind? The captain called for women and children first, but no one mentioned taking pets along too. Even small pets like cats or small dogs were not allowed on unless smuggled. These were not your average pets either, most of the animals on board were millionaires prized animals. Though most people abandoned their pets, some did not. A women's body was found in the freezing water, and she was still holding her shaggy canine. If they thought pets would clutter the lifeboats, they should've had more than 16.

What was the fate of ALL the animals?

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