More than 10,000 people joined the virtual party to encourage more people to adopt, and not shop for pets.
For the last four years, the White House has been devoid of merry barking and friendly tail wagging within its halls. But not for long. As Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20, the White House will be welcoming not one, but two furry four-legged pals. All the more reason to celebrate a new Presidential term with the new president is that this is the first time in history that a shelter dog will be calling the White House home.
The Bidens have two dogs, Champ and Major, and the latter is the younger one and arguable the more active one as well. The German Shepherd was adopted in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association (DHA). And to celebrate his arrival as the first shelter dog to set paw in the White House and make it home, the non-profit threw an "indoguration" and honored the canine's heartwarming journey.
The virtual party saw more than 10,000 people from across the country logging in to celebrate, as reported by ABC7.
"It means everything to us because it shines a light on the work we do. It shows that shelters are a wonderful place to adopt," DHA's executive director Patrick Carroll said during the "indoguration," which also doubled as a fundraiser.
Put together by the Delaware Humane Association and Pumpkin Pet Insurance, the ceremony was hosted by NBC "Today" show’s Jill Martin, who said Major and Champ could not attend the "indoguration" because they "are hard at work in preparation for their big move this week," as reported by USA Today.
Those participating in the "indoguration" were also given the chance to nominate their own animals for a position in Major's cabinet at the White House. In the running for the title of Secretary of Rescue Dogs, about 700 nominations were collected by the organizers.
The five dog finalists proudly sat in front of the thousands of "indoguration" viewers during the one-of-a-kind event. They were also wearing bow ties that were designed by Sir Darius Brown, a teenage entrepreneur. A dog named Harper, a certified therapy dog, was the winner who earned a spot in Major's cabinet.
While announcing the winner, Brown revealed that Harper received the award for overcoming heart worm disease, for making visits to nursing homes, and for "becoming the best support system for everyone she meets."
Also making the virtual party special was singer Josh Groban, who sang a remixed version of "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" by Patti Page. But he gave the lyrics a slight upgrade and sang, "I'm adopting that doggie in the window."
"It is a great privilege to be here on this first Indoguration," Groban said before his performance, as quoted by People. "Congratulations to Major Biden, the first dog-elect who will soon be entering the White House. Many animals have been in the White House but Major Biden will be the first rescue dog in the White House, which is why we're here. It's an incredible thing."
Encouraging people to consider the option of adopting, the singer went on to say, "Please rescue animals. There are so many animals out there in desperate need of homes and you will not regret one moment with the animal you brought into your life and your home."
Through the "indoguration," the shelter was able to raise $100,000 to continue rescuing dogs and be able to find the ones like Major loving homes. At the moment, DHA is still accepting donations in honor of the first shelter dog in the White House, and if you would like to make one, click here.
You can also watch the "Indoguration of Major Biden" below.