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For the last 130 years, the White House has had a President, a First Lady, and a First Pet. Not since Andrew Jonson has the White House been without a pet roaming the halls. This break with tradition may seem small, but the impact and visibility of a President and their pet is much more far reaching than people realize.

In the US, roughly 44% of households have a dog, and 35% have cats. The benefits of having animals cannot be overstated, from companion animals saving and protecting lives, to animals that provide fur therapy simply cuddling with their families, pets are a mainstay of the country.

Canine friendship can offer the leader of the free world much more than just a chance to play on the White House lawn. Apart from encouraging exercise and an emotional boost, presidential pups are an symbol of intrepid freedom and responsibility to all the citizens of our great country.

Bringing a pet back into the White House also gives President Trump a chance to do something no other president has done before him: adopting a shelter animal. 7.9 million pets end up in shelters every year, all of them deserving of a loving home. Taking in an older, trained dog could set the Trump presidency apart from any of his predecessors.

The country stands to gain an awful lot, as well. The added immunity toward allergies and sickness that pets often lend their closest friends could translate to better concentration on the job, and fewer sick days. A dog can make work more enjoyable, and when your work is running the U.S.A., that's a very valuable trait.

The President is one of the most visible leaders in the world, and their relationships with their animals have helped to inspire so many to adopt pets into their own loving homes. By adopting one of the millions of animals in shelters around the country, President Trump can serve as an example of animal stewardship.

Seeing a president loving and caring for their pets is an inspiring image, one that helps encourage people to emulate the same behavior. What better way to set a precedent for Americans to adopt, and not to shop, than for the President to make a furry new friend?

Sign to ask President Trump to adopt a shelter animal, and show the world how much pets can offer us!

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Dear President Trump,

For more than a century, the White House has had a First Pet, and iconic tradition that benefits animals across the world. Images of presidents and their pets have been a part of our culture for so long, to not have an animal in the White House is something that must continue.

As one of the most visible people in the world, your display of love, empathy, and consideration for animals could help to inspire countless adoptions. With millions of animals in shelters desperate for a home, the inspiration you could offer may save thousands of animals from euthanasia.

Please consider adopting a shelter pet from any of the shelters around the country. Help inspire others to save animals, and experience the love and affection that comes with having a pet.


Petition Signatures

May 21, 2018 Alexandra Capitanucci
May 21, 2018 Monica Corado
May 21, 2018 Shelby Speight
May 21, 2018 MaryLou Moran Wow - so many hateful judgemental people - not my kind of animal lovers. I support the President and yes it would be nice if he wanted a pet but no one should adopt a dog/pet if they do not want to do so with all their heart. Obama did it for show.
May 21, 2018 Jenny Michniak
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Joy Darkes
May 21, 2018 Dawn Dawson President Trump. Adopt a pet. I adopted a 9 year old Bedlington Terrier and they are the sweetest dogs. Your son would love to have a pet. If you would adopt from a shelter that would be great!
May 21, 2018 CORRINNE KORN
May 21, 2018 Ele Conroy
May 21, 2018 Jim Conroy
May 21, 2018 Patricia Steinberg Every President has had a First Pet Doggie. President Trump should continue this tradition. Honor our pets in the US.
May 21, 2018 Maja Misiraca
May 21, 2018 Patricia Shaw
May 21, 2018 Priscilla Mezrahi
May 21, 2018 gina valone
May 21, 2018 Darlene Newell Please adopt a rescue dog as your presidential pal.
May 21, 2018 Betty-Jane McCormack If a person isn't kind to his peers how can you expect him to be kind to an animal? Just another "thing" to get rid of.
May 21, 2018 Becky Day Pets are great if you have time to be with them. Don't cave under pressure to get a pet if you don't have time to love them, no matter how much you are "dogged" to get one. However, I would like to say that you might heighten your popularity if you did.
May 21, 2018 Gail Robinson Sorry you could only trust him with a snake and that's an insult to the snake
May 21, 2018 Susan Dehart
May 21, 2018 anne jacques
May 21, 2018 kathleen mcnally
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Lene Kayser Stop cruelty.
May 21, 2018 ashley oliver Show you are better than your predecessor, ADOPT from a shelter or rescue group. You'll be forever adored, and Barron will thank you, too.
May 21, 2018 Gary Frisone
May 21, 2018 DONNA POPI
May 21, 2018 ashley oliver I'm a MAGA lady. I also do cat adoption. You should adopt a pair of adult bonded cats who have been abandoned, there are lots out there whose person has died or gone to a "facility" who won't allow them. Great optics and devoted pets for all their lives.
May 21, 2018 Sabrina Mulrooney
May 21, 2018 Tommie Swank Show the world your kindness....adopt a great senior pet in need of a good home!
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Viktoria Loginova
May 21, 2018 Audrey Mannolini
May 21, 2018 MYRIAM BOIS
May 21, 2018 Korey Warren Dear Mr. President Please Keep America Great by continuing a 100+ year old tradition and adopting a pet.
May 21, 2018 Janis Barrows
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Monika Grassin
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Cheryl Kuhta-Sutter Why not? You have plenty of friends and staff to take care of the pooch. My dogs always help me feel at peace.
May 20, 2018 Marsha Brink
May 20, 2018 Peggy Thomas
May 20, 2018 Sharon gooding
May 20, 2018 Greta Pociuli
May 20, 2018 Jolanta Vingen
May 20, 2018 Ana Oliveira
May 20, 2018 Renata Baran
May 20, 2018 jocelyne mazin
May 20, 2018 William Steele

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