On the heels of Mother's Day, I wanted to share some new information regarding how multiple humans view their canine' kids'. A recent study conducted by Kelton Research reveals that 8 in 10 Pet Parents surveyed consider their dogs to be equal members of the family.
Given that social justice issues are subtly reflected in language, the finding that the majority of study participants (54%) consider themselves to be “pet parents” instead of “pet owners,” is a mark of progress for our 4-legged friends. While non-human animals are still classified as property under the law, this shift in terminology is a promising trend in companion animal welfare.
I suspect I am not alone when I say that I am pleased to see the majority views catch up to those that many of us we Daily Waggers have held for years!
Dr. Pia Salk