No, Bo is Not from a Shelter

April 13th, 2009, by

The First Dog, Bo, which the Obamas got for their daughters over the weekend, is not, we repeat, not, from a shelter.

Guess they didn’t learn from the backlash over the Bidens’ pet pick.

Animal rescue organizations are up in arms.

In a statement on Friday, the Executive Director of called the Obama’s decision a “missed opportunity.” “If Obama had adopted a pet from a shelter, it could have been the turning point for the pet-overpopulation problem in this country,” the Executive Director said in her statement.

The Humane Society is a bit more forgiving. Since Bo was returned by the family that originally purchased him, they’re calling Bo a “second-chance dog.” (There are questions about calling Bo a second-chance dog.) They put out a statement congratulating the first family on bringing Bo into their home.

The Obamas will make a donation to the Humane Society by giving a gift to its D.C. office.

Here’s the Humane Society’s pet adoption video to tug at your heartstrings.

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