Joe Biden’s rescue dog is getting a ‘dogging’ this weekend

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President-elect Joe Biden isn’t the only one taking office. His rescue dog, Major, has gone looking for his own “indogging” party this weekend. “Let’s celebrate the first shelter puppy to become the First Dog and raise $$$ to help more shelter animals like Major live the American Dream!” The Delaware Humane Association recently announced on their Facebook FB, + 0.22% page. The Bidens adopted Major from the shelter in 2018, and intend to bring him and his other German shepherd, Champ, to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. once Biden is sworn in next week.

It is rumored that they also intend to adopt a cat. Major Biden’s “indoguration” celebration will be held on Zoom ZM, + 2.18% at 3pm ET on Sunday, January 17, three days before Opening Day. Jill Martin of the “Today” show will host the virtual event, which she hopes to attract 1,000 attendees (both dogs and their humans are welcome), and set a record for the world’s largest Zoom Dog Show. The event also hopes to raise some money to help the shelter. The Delaware Humane Association is requesting a minimum donation of $ 10 per guest, with 100% of the proceeds directly supporting their animals in need. While many animal rescues saw an increase in adoptions early in the pandemic, there is real concern that as the pandemic continues and unemployment rises, many families will have to make the difficult decision to surrender their family members of four legs to shelters. The Delaware Humane Association is raising funds so you can meet the needs of your community, it explains in a press release, how to offer a free pet food pantry and affordable veterinary care. Read: ‘We needed each other in this crazy mess.’ Is the pandemic a good time to rescue a dog? On top of partisan grudge over the highly controversial results of the 2020 election, there was excitement that the Bidens were returning the mascots to the presidency. The Trumps were the first family without a pet in more than 100 years. Biden’s dogs even raided campaign ads with the slogan: “Let’s put a dog back in the White House.” Read: Bear cubs on the White House lawn, an alligator in the bathtub; Past presidents had a wild taste in pets, and shelters expressed excitement that a rescued First pet, especially one as photogenic as Major, could inspire more adoptions and animal husbandry. “This representation not only normalizes adoptions, but celebrates it, because the public can see that this is a truly beautiful pastor joining the White House,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and political engagement at Humane Society. of the United. States, recently told MarketWatch. “There are so many animals that are waiting for home in the shelters, so to see one of them in the White House surrounded by tons of people and have a really amazing life, sends a message that you can show up at your local shelter and find a healthy and happy dog ​​to take home. “Read: Major Biden will be the first shelter dog in the White House, and that’s good news for all animals in need of a forever home. The Humane Society estimates that evictions earlier this year could displace 10 to 11 million pets.In fact, new research from the Economic Roundtable warns that COVID-19 will cause twice as many homeless people as the Great Recession.