With President Biden’s arrival to the White House come two new presidential pets, one of which is the first shelter pet in the White House. While Biden’s older dog Champ has been with the family since 2008, the Biden family adopted Major from a shelter in 2018. Major was given to a shelter as a puppy when he and his littermates were exposed to a toxic substance and their owner couldn’t afford the veterinarian fees.
Many people hope that Major’s arrival at the White House will bring awareness to the millions of animals in shelters across the country. Approximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters every year, according to the ASPCA. However, only 3.5 million animals are adopted every year. Many people are reluctant to adopt from shelters, but there are millions of pets who need to be adopted.
A few days before President Biden’s inauguration, the Delaware Humane Association, where Major was adopted from, hosted the first “Indoguration” to celebrate the first shelter dog in the White House. The event, which was attended by over 7,400 people through Zoom, raised over $200,000 for the Delaware Humane Association. The DHA will use the money to help people care for their pets during this pandemic and find more homes for shelter pets.