Best Social Sites and Apps for Pet Lovers

Connect and share with others who love animal companions

People petting dog in group therapy session

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Many social networks, including Facebook and Instagram, feature plenty of posts showcasing beloved furry family members. But if you want more of a connection with devoted pet parents, pet-specific sites and apps help you share, connect, learn, and even adopt. Here's a look at six great social sites and apps dedicated to pets.

Be sure to check out Facebook Groups centered around dogs, cats, pets, and other beloved animal companions, such as Cool Dog Group.

Petzbe

Screenshot of Petzbe social networking app for pets
What We Like
  • Fun, active community.

  • Adorable CEO Angus the dog.

  • Offers opportunities to contribute to pet-based charities.

What We Don't Like
  • No humans allowed!

Petzbe is an Instagram-like app with the tagline "No Humans Allowed." Petzbe is designed to let your pet connect with fellow pets worldwide, join themed photo challenges, and participate in fundraising via the "Lend a Paw" photo-sharing event once a month. With an active and fun community, adorable photos, and ties to pet-related charities, Petzbe is a must for pet lovers and their furry friends.

With apps for iOS and Android, Petzbe's goal is to bring all pets worldwide into a loving, fun community.

Yummypets

Screenshot of Yummypets pet community app
What We Like
  • Easy to post and share your pet's antics.

  • See pets all over the world.

  • Active community.

What We Don't Like
  • Some users report trouble navigating the app initially.

Yummypets, available as an iOS app, is a community of more than 500,000 pet parents, and it isn't just for dog and cat owners. Equines, reptiles, and even rodents are celebrated by their proud human companions.

The idea is to capture and share photos and videos of your pets' sweetest moments while viewing hilarious pet videos and learning about behavior and healthcare issues from Yummypets' veterinarian partners. With an Instagram-like experience and active community, Yummypets is a treat for pet parents.

BarkHappy

Screenshot of BarkHappy social networking app for dog owners
What We Like
  • Find dog-friendly places in your area.

  • Connect with other dog parents for playdates.

  • Attend dog-friendly events.

What We Don't Like
  • Dog-friendly policy changes must be reported by users.

BarkHappy is a location-based app and community for dog lovers designed to help users find and connect with other dog parents in their community. Check out dog-friendly spots on an interactive map, schedule play dates and events, and report lost or found dogs. The app provides product offers, daily matches, and more.

BarkHappy is available as an iOS app and helps its users go more places and do more things with their furry best friend.

Dokonoko

Screenshot of Kokonoko social networking app for pets
What We Like
  • Includes features that help strays.

  • Helps you document your pet's life.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't include pets beyond dogs and cats.

Kokonoko is Japanse for "Where do you belong, little guy?” and this social networking app aims to be a home for all dogs and cats.

Dokonoko is a new social network for friends of cats and dogs everywhere. It's a place to keep a protective eye on your own pets, your friends’ pets, and even strays with no human family at all. Share pictures, vital data, and identifying features so that the animals you love are never alone, even when they’re lost or in trouble.

Catster

Pet Social Networks - Catster
What We Like
  • Tons of information and resources.

  • Access to the podcast.

  • Video section is informative and well produced.

What We Don't Like
  • To interact with other cat lovers, you have to visit Catster's Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter feeds.

Catster offers a slew of resources for the cat lover, including information on cat behavior, health care, breeds, and more. It's the home base of the Let's Talk About Cats podcast and Catster magazine, which features articles like "Does Your Cat Love You?" and "The 5 Stages of Cat Pregnancy."

The social and community aspects of Catster have moved to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where users can ask questions, share, and interact with other cat parents.

Dogster

Dogster screenshot
What We Like
  • Lots of dog-related tips.

  • Rescue stories.

What We Don't Like
  • Community features have been moved offsite.

Catster's sister site, Dogster, is a goldmine of information about dogs, with articles and videos designed to teach and explain. Learn about dog health care, puppy training, dog breeds, and more. Subscribe to Dogster magazine for even more insight into man's best friend.

Like Catster, Dogster's community features have been moved from the main site to its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds.