President-Elect Joe Biden’s German Shepherd Will Be First Shelter Rescue Dog in White House

by Jacklyn Krol
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President-Elect Joe Biden will have the first rescue shelter dog in The White House.

All About Joe Biden and Their Pooches

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden adopted Major in November of 2018. He will be the first shelter rescue dog to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. They adopted him from the Delaware Humane Association after first fostering him.

“Today is Major’s lucky day! Not only did Major find his forever home, but he got adopted by Vice President Joe Biden & Dr. Jill Biden,” the shelter wrote. “The Bidens have gotten to know Major while fostering him and are now ready to make the adoption official. Best of luck and thank you for being one of our Friends for life!”

“We are so happy to welcome Major to the Biden family, and we are grateful to the Delaware Humane Association for their work in finding forever homes for Major and countless other animals,” Joe and Jill said in a statement.

The Bidens first adopted another German Shepherd, Champ, ten years prior. Champ was the nickname Joe’s father gave him as a child. The dogs became fast friends and lived together at the vice presidential residence on the U.S. Naval Observatory during Biden’s time as Vice President with Barack Obama.

The White House and Dogs

Surprisingly, President Donald Trump did not have any pet dogs during his term in The White House. Typically, presidents welcome their pets, mostly dogs, into the famous house. Trump was the first president to not have a pooch since James K. Polk.

One other pooch did not have a home prior to living in the iconic house. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s dog Yuki was found by his daughter Luci after Yuki was abandoned in Texas near a gas station.

America’s first president, George Washington, had seven or more dogs while serving. He also had a menagerie of other types of animals 

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