Joe Biden’s dog will be the first rescue to live in the White House

Joe Biden being elected the 46th president of the United States means him and his family will be living in the White House. But one special edition to the white house after four years is his two german shepherds.

Major and Champ are Biden’s two dogs, but Major is making U.S history.

Andrew Hager, director of the Presidential Pet museum, told CBS news that, “Major will be the first dog in the white house that came directly from animal rescue.”

Many news sites are saying Major is the first rescue dog to live in the White house, but that claim is false.

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s dog Yuki was actually the first rescue dog, after he was found at a Texas gas station by Johnson’s daughter.

Major was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association, but before that the Biden’s were fostering him.

“Having played a part in Major Biden’s story is an honor. This is what we strive for when animals come into our care: to help them find their happy ending,” Corey Topel, a marketing manager at the Delaware Humane Association, told CBS news.

While Major got his happy ending, many dogs from shelters all across the country do not.

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, while only approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year, according to the ASPCA.

They also stated that each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).

Many of the animals placed in shelters never get adopted or fostered, but deserve a loving, caring home.

So if you can, open your house to an amazing animal to foster or adopt.

If you are ready to start looking, here are some shelters to start your search.