America’s First Presidential Rescue Dog

Itzel Cabrales, Writer

President-elect Joe Biden’s German Shepherd, Major, will be the first shelter dog welcomed to the White House in January 2021. The Biden family adopted him at the Delaware Humane Association in November 2018 after searching for a friend for their aging 12 year-old German Shepherd, Champ. Biden became interested in Major after discovering his story at the DHA.


Major is one out of six puppies that were surrendered at the shelter by their original owner because they were unable to afford the proper care for the dogs. The Biden family decided to foster Major and adopted him shortly afterward.


Champ and Major have gained much popularity on the internet, however many people have been buzzing over Major. Americans across the country have created fan accounts on multiple social media platforms supporting Major’s historical milestone.


A majority of pet influencers in the nation are looking forward to having dogs back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after four years of going petless. The Biden family has received lots of positivity and encouragement from shelters and Americans for supporting rescue animals. Let’s hope the first family keeps bringing awareness to shelter adoptions and the importance of giving animals a happy home.