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Good boy! Presidential pooch fetches $200,000 for Delaware Humane Association

Patricia Talorico
Delaware News Journal

Every dog has its day and a party celebrating presidential pooch Major Biden raised major bucks for a Delaware animal shelter. 

An "Indoguration" celebration Sunday honoring Major, one of incoming President Joe Biden's two dogs, and his move to the White House brought in more than $200,000 for the Delaware Humane Association.

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The virtual event was held to raise awareness to support the adoption of shelter animals. It featured a performance by dog-lover Josh Groban. The more than $200,000 raised to support the DHA is significant given January is traditionally a very slow month for donations, according to the organization.

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In November 2018, the Biden family adopted Major, a German shepherd, from the Delaware Humane Association after months of fostering the playful puppy. 

Joe Biden welcomed the puppy into his home in March 2018, after his daughter, Ashley Biden, sent him a Facebook post about a litter of German shepherds. 

Joe Biden has long been a dog lover. He adopted Major in 2018. In 1975, Jude Baseden found his Great Dane named Governor and Biden wrote her a thank you note.

Joe Biden wanted a younger pup as a companion for his other dog, Champ, who came from a breeder. Major and Champ have been gaining fans and at Christmas were featured in a popular holiday video that was posted on social media.

Biden is a well-known dog lover and has had several family pets over the years.

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Major recently was involved in a well-publicized mishap. Over this past Thanksgiving weekend, Biden suffered a hairline fracture to his foot after he slipped while playing with the German shepherd.

Bad dog! 

Biden becomes the 46th president Wednesday at noon.

Major will be the first-ever shelter pup to become a first dog. The Bidens also have said they plan to adopt a cat.

Outgoing President Donald Trump had no pets in the White House.

Contact Patricia Talorico at (302) 324-2861 or ptalorico@delawareonline.com and on Twitter @pattytalorico