Dear Pet Parents,

As a pet parent and dedicated animal welfare professional with over 20 years of experience, I know how important it is to find trustworthy, reliable resources on pet behavior, health, and nutrition. I also understand how stressful it can be when our pets are sick or injured, and empathize with the challenges of trying to find affordable housing, veterinary care, or social services for pets when we are in crisis. I created the American Association of Pet Parents to keep pets happy, healthy, and in their loving homes by providing expert, reliable information and resources that protect and celebrate the human-animal bond.

Our vision is to be the most trusted source for pet information while building a diverse, supportive community of pet parents to make the world a kinder, safer, more beautiful place for animals and the people who love them.

With your support, we can…

  • Advocate for pets and ensure they are included in social services and treated as beloved family members,
  • Help make veterinary care, social services, and pet-friendly housing more accessible and affordable,
  • Create personalized and insightful content that can help all of us love and care for our pets even better,
  • Shift perceptions that harm animals–ushering in new narratives and approaches that do more to protect and honor them,
  • Put our mutual love for animals at the center of major political challenges–from social justice to climate change–to find common ground in this divisive cultural landscape, and…
  • Be an affordable resource to ALL pet parents, regardless of income level or where they acquired their pet.

I hope you will join our family, use our information, and engage with us about your pet(s)!

Tom Van Winkle

Founder and CEO
American Association of Pet Parents

Our Goal

The goal of AAPP is to help pet parents take excellent care of their pets, despite any obstacles life may throw your way. We offer valuable information and resources on a wide range of topics of interest to all pet parents, including pet behavior and training tips, maintaining the health of you pet, information on pet nutrition, and much more. Visit our website often to hear from experts around the country on how to ensure that you and your animals have many blissful years together.