Pets are like family. knows that pet owners consider their pets to be members of the family, so on the heels of soap stars celebrating National Siblings Day, it was no surprise that many of the actors and actresses from The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless took to social media to mark the special day and honor their pets by sharing photos and loving words. We collected some of the shots to share with readers who may have missed them online or who just want to enjoy the cuteness again.

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Soap stars past and present shared photos and clips of their furry, four-footed family members on National Pet Day, including B&B’s Annika Noelle (Hope), Kim Matula (ex-Hope), and Sean Kanan (Deacon), Day’s Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Gilles Marini (Ted), GH’s Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) and Tamara Braun (Kimberly), Y&R’s Camryn Grimes (Mariah), who appeared with her dog on the show’s Twitter page, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), and Tracey Bregman (Lauren), who was the only one to post a photo of a horse.

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Former B&B star, Betty White (ex-Ann), pictured in the header photo with a pooch from Pink’s Hot Dog at Universal City Walk, is a huge animal lover. In fact, her fan club (now closed) was called Bet’s Pets as a tribute to her work for animals. In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine White explained how she came to care so much about animals, and said, “Both my mother and father were tremendous animal lovers. They imbued in me the fact that, to me, there isn’t an animal on the planet that I don’t find fascinating and want to learn more about.” The actress, who is an honorary Forest Ranger, also described turning down a film role due to an animal welfare concern. She recalled, “It was the Jim Brooks’ movie As Good As It Gets. They had this puppy dog, this adorable puppy, that at one point they dropped down a laundry chute. It landed on a pile of laundry in the story line, and I turned down the role. There are a lot of people in apartments who would think that was a solution. It would either be funny to do that or it would be a solution to a barking neighbor or something like that. It certainly wouldn’t always have a happy ending. So I said as long as that scene was in the film, I wouldn’t do it.”

We hope everyone will keep sharing photos showcasing their special bond with their pets, whether they be cats, dogs, horses, birds, or reptiles, not just on National Pet Day, but every day. It’s amazing to share the love of animals and see how they enrich the lives of their owners. With pet ownership comes responsibility, which includes, but is not limited to, choosing a pet best suited to your home and lifestyle, abiding by local licensing and leash requirements, ensuring pets are properly identified (tags, microchips), providing preventative healthcare and exercise, and by helping manage pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering.

omg it’s #nationalpetday #alisterthecat #indythecat #buffythecat

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Happy pet day to our Charlotte!! ❤️?

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– Candace Young