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 Adopt-a-Pet.com 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.