Happy National Pet Parent's Day

April 26 marks the second annual dedicated day for pet lovers.

Posted: April 18, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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A recent survey by the American Animal Hospital Association reported that 83 percent of pet owners consider themselves their pet's mom or dad.
Pet owners who treat their cats and dogs like members of the family are being honored with a special day dedicated to them.

National Pet Parent’s Day on Sunday, April 26, marks the official day celebrating pet caregivers. The designation, made by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) of Brea, Calif., recognizes those who are dedicated to scooping poop, dishing out kibble, throwing birthday parties for Fluffy and sharing a cramped bed with four paws, the company said.

While the months of May and June focus on mothers and fathers of human children, National Pet Parent’s Day sets aside a spring day for devoted pet parents. A recent survey by the American Animal Hospital Association reports that 83 percent of pet owners consider themselves their pet’s mom or dad, said Curtis Steinhoff, VPI spokesman.

“The fact that the majority of our policyholders emphatically consider their pets part of their family inspired us to create a day for the dedicated pet caregiver,” he said.

Free Pet Parent’s Day e-cards are available through April 26. Free CatChannel e-cards are available here.

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Pat    Omaha, NE

4/22/2009 6:05:25 AM

Uh, this is going a little too far.

Linda    Mandeville, LA

4/21/2009 7:49:05 PM

This is a marvelous idea! I participate in a Secret Sisters group and while most are giving one another gifts for Mother's Day, I get nothing. I consider myself my cat's Mom and I have him trained to behave better than the average human child behaves. It was accomplished through love and attention.

Sherri    Glade Spring, VA

4/21/2009 1:19:50 PM

Wonderful Idea!

Marielle    Mississauga, ON

4/20/2009 10:43:45 AM

We both tell our cats to go see daddy or mommy. I think most probably the people that don't consider their pets as their children (or close to that) are not trating them right. They completely depend on us for their welfare, their healthcare, food and shelter, and love and companionship. If we couldn't do that for them, we should not have them. And I'm sure everyone who comes to this website agrees. ;-)

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