One of the changes at the White House as the Biden family moves into their new home, the residence goes from one without pets to a White House with it's first 'rescue pet'.

President-elect Biden and his wife Jill, adopted their German Sheppard 'Major' from the Delaware Humane Society just over two years ago.  Kitty Block, president of the Humane Society, says that "it doesn't get more of a Cinderella story for a dog'.

The Biden pup, has helped spark adoptions at local shelters and during the pandemic even more adoptions took place at shelters across the United States.  If you remember the photo  showing the Queen of England with Meghan Markle's rescue dog in her limo just before the Royal wedding.   That rescue beagle went from an animal shelter to a private ride with the Queen, not to shabby.

The Biden's move into the White House today  and bring their 2 dogs with them, after 4 years with the Trumps who had no pets.  A majority of White House residents have had pets, but Teddy Roosevelt, who served as president from 1901 to 1909, would be the one President who had some strange pets.   The Roosevelt's had so many unusual pets, it was pretty much a zoo.  They had snakes, a badger, Lion, hyena, zebra and even 5 bears, along with dogs, cats, horses, rats and guinea pigs.

George Washington and James Madison's wives both had parrots. and  Thomas Jefferson had a pet Mockingbird.  John Quincy Adams had an alligator and his wife kept silkworms as pets.  James Buchanan, President from 1857-1861 was gifted a herd of elephants, but he only kept one at the White House along with his 2 bald eagles.

The Trumps leave the White House this morning as the President-elect Joe Biden prepares to be sworn in, and he and his family , including rescue dog "Major" become the next family to call the White House home for the next four years. has a fun look at the history of White House pets.

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