Major Biden, a german shepherd like his big brother, Champ, was born in January 2018. Although the Bidens have never publicly explained the source of Major’s name, many assume the dog was named for President Biden’s deceased son, Beau, who earned the rank of major in the Delaware National Guard. Major and his five littermates were surrendered to the Delaware Humane Association after they came into contact with a toxic substance and their owners could not afford veterinary care.
To make sure that Major was a good match for the Biden family, they first fostered him for several months. When it was clear that Major was meant to be a part of their lives, the Bidens proceeded with the adoption and gave him a forever home.
The First Presidential Shelter Dog
Although Major is not the first rescue pet to grace the White House, he does own the distinction of being the first presidential shelter pet. Many hope that bringing Major to the White House will shine a light on the plight of the thousands of dogs waiting in shelters around the country for someone to bring them home.
Major, along with big brother Champ, has been a hit on social media, earning followers, fans, and likes on Instagram and Twitter. Although none of the accounts is officially endorsed by the Biden family, several unofficial accounts have sprung up, with photos and videos featuring these two very good boys.
The Indoguration, A New Tradition?
On January 17, 2021, the Delaware Humane Association hosted the Indoguration, a virtual event to celebrate and highlight the first ever shelter dog to become a White House pet. The celebration was a huge success, with over 7400 people attending via Zoom. The event raised over $200,00 to support the Association’s mission.