The Delaware Humane Association and Pumpkin Pet Insurance hosted a “indoguration” for Major Biden that was attended by over 7,400 animal lovers.
President-elect Joe Biden is not the only one getting some fanfare as he enters the White House — his rescue dog, Major, is being honored by the shelter he came from.
On Sunday, Major, the rescue pup President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden adopted from the Delaware Humane Association (DHA) in 2018, had his own inaugural event hosted by his former rescue home and Pumpkin Pet Insurance.
The virtual fundraiser, powered by Zoom, recounted Major’s rise from former shelter pup to future First Dog and was emceed by Today’s Jill Martin.
Overall, over 7,400 animal lovers attended the event, which raised awareness about what shelter pets are capable of and raised over $200,000 for DHA.
The rescue plans to use the donations to provide relief to pet owners struggling to care for their animals during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to help adoptable pets find homes.
Though Major is the first shelter dog in the White House, he is not the first rescue.
Before Major there was Yuki, a mixed breed pup abandoned by his owner at a gas station in Texas and rescued by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter Luci.
Bill Clinton’s family cat, Socks, was also a rescue.
Major won’t be the only canine in the White House. The Bidens also have Champ, another German shepherd.