Fans of cute animal photos were overwhelmed Monday to find the Obama family had brought home a new buddy for Bo.
But animal-rights activists were not pleased that the First Family once again ignored the millions of dogs waiting to be adopted in shelters in favor of an expensive breeder. First Lady Michele Obama announced on Twitter that the family brought home Sunny, who, like, Bo is a Portuguese water dog. She posted a pic of the new presidential pet and the protests began.
“The president seems to be in the doghouse again,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals President Ingrid Newkirk told Radaronline. “Just one day after The Washington Post revealed that the dog and cat overpopulation crisis is so severe that the Washington Humane Society is stacking cats in cages in the hallways and cramming too many dogs into kennel runs, the Obama family apparently failed to listen to the plea of ‘adopt, don’t buy’ that greeted the arrival of the First Dog, Bo, and acquired Sunny, the Second Dog, from a breeder, which is the animal-protection world equivalent of kicking a hobo.”
Sunny is 14 months old and was born in Michigan. The Obamas said that allergies of Sasha and Malia are the reason they went with the same breed.
But Newkirk threw water on the myth that shelter dogs are worse for humans who are susceptible to allergies.
“There they are, sitting homeless on Petfinder.com: every breed and mix of non-shedding dog, from poodles to water spaniels. Every one of these cast-offs would have loved to curl up under the desk in the Oval Office,” the statement to Radaronline said.
The first family made a donation to the Washington Humane Society in Sunny’s name. Newkirk would like them to go one step further: Adopt another dog.
“It’s not too late. The White House is big enough for three lovely dogs, the third one a true rescue,” she said. “Come on, Mr. President, one more time — and this time, do it right. Set a good example and save a homeless animal’s life.”