Virtual ‘Indoguration’ Planned for First Dog Major Biden

Major Biden, first shelter dog in White House

For the first time ever, a former shelter dog will soon make the White House his home. And, for the first time ever, a special “Indoguration” is planned to mark this momentous occasion.

Major, a German Shepherd, was initially fostered by the Bidens from the Delaware Humane Association (DHA) in 2018 after their daughter, Ashley, sent them his photo. Like so many so-called “foster fails,” the Bidens fell in love with Major and he became their forever dog.

Today is Major’s lucky day! Not only did Major find his forever home, but he got adopted by Vice President Joe Biden &…

Posted by Delaware Humane Association on Saturday, November 17, 2018

To celebrate Major’s move to his new home, the DHA and Pumpkin Pet Insurance are holding a fundraising “Indoguration” on Zoom that they say is the “largest virtual party for dogs.” The event is on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, three days before Major’s dog dad is inaugurated. It will be hosted by Jill Martin of the “Today” show on NBC, with special guest Sir Darius Brown, a 14-year-old animal advocate.

You can RSVP for the Indoguration online. A donation of at least $10 to DHA is required to attend. The DHA is a nonprofit, no-kill animal care and adoption center that also offers affordable spay/neuter services, low-cost vaccination clinics and a pet food pantry.

While Major is the first pound pup to live in the White House, he’s not actually the first rescue pet to make it their home, according to CNN. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s mixed-breed dog Yuki had been abandoned at a Texas gas station when he was rescued by LBJ’s daughter, Luci. The Clintons’ cat, Socks, was also a rescue pet.

Major will also be sharing his new home with the Bidens’ other dog, Champ. The German Shepherd was purchased by Joe from a breeder as a gift to Jill after the 2008 election. Here’s hoping that all the Bidens’ future dogs, and all future first dogs, will be shelter or rescue dogs.

Photo: @DrBiden/Twitter

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!