Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Did You Tell Obama To Adopt A Shelter Dog Yet?

6,500 Animal Shelters Come Together for National Signature Campaign to Support Obama Adopting a Dog at a Shelter and 'Pardoning A Pooch' -

Press Conference at Los Angeles City Animal Shelter

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 13, 10:00 A.M.

LOCATION: Los Angeles North Central Animal Care Center

13201 Lacy Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --, the
nation's largest non-profit pet adoption website, is spearheading a
national campaign and website called "" Using a
Barack Obama-themed campaign website and messages such as "Yes We Can
ADOPT," animal shelters around the country are gathering signatures of a
letter to be delivered to the White House in support of the President-Elect
adopting a shelter puppy. The website already had gathered over 5,000
signatures in just its first few hours.

In his first press conference, President-Elect Barack Obama stated his
interest in adopting a shelter dog, but expressed that his daughter Malia
is allergic to dogs and needs a hypoallergenic breed. Obama was concerned
that this was in conflict with his desire to adopt a dog from a shelter.
"Many pets in shelters across the nation are hypoallergenic purebreds and
mixed breeds," says David Meyer, President of "Common
hypoallergenic breeds include Poodles, Schnauzers, certain Terriers, and
mixes of those and many other breeds as well. There is no conflict at all
between needing a hypoallergenic dog and adopting from a shelter."

Obama's interest in adopting a dog has spawned an outpouring of support
in the animal welfare community and an avalanche of interest across the
country and the world. "Searches for adoptable pets have increased sharply
in the last week on our national pet-adoption website." adds Meyer.
"Certainly if the President-Elect realizes that he can easily adopt the dog
he needs from a shelter, he will inspire the whole nation to do the same,
and will help get the word out about the millions of pets in shelters who
do not get adopted each year." Meyer added with a smile, "Whether you were
a 'Bark' Obama or a 'McCainine' supporter, everybody can support shelter
pet adoption." is working with its 6,500 listed shelters to get as
many signatures as possible in the next days and weeks to impress upon
Obama the support of his adopting a dog or adopting a puppy from an animal
shelter, humane society, SPCA or pet rescue group. ( is the world's largest
nonprofit pet adoption web service, helping over 6,500 animal shelters and
pet rescue organizations find homes for pets by displaying photos and
descriptions of adoptable pets to over 1.5 million people a month seeking
to adopt a dog or adopt a cat.



Ginger said...

Thanks for this post. I did follow the link your provided and sign the petition (with a comment) and sent it on to several friends. I am pleased to see that many, many people are signing it also--my name is long-buried in the list now!

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of shelter pups that are pure breed. They come from puppy mill raids. And for the daughter being allergic, so was my nephew and he had a dog all while growing up and still has 2 dogs. All he had to do was take medicine and he did not have any problems. I do believe the Obama's were right to say they wanted a shelter dog. I do think they should start taking the kids to look for a dog.