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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

Jun 26, 2017 Sheila Parks
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2017 mitzi collins
Jun 24, 2017 Judy Dolan
Jun 24, 2017 EDITH LOBROT
Jun 22, 2017 Maurizio Slanzi
Jun 21, 2017 Jan Hays
Jun 20, 2017 Lois Hamilton
Jun 20, 2017 Anne Matarin-Bessiron
Jun 19, 2017 ANNE Gilbert You already pissed me off by reversing the bill that protected the whales and sea your refusing to adopt a dog....what kind of person doesn't love pets or animals period.....
Jun 19, 2017 Jana Williams
Jun 19, 2017 Shonessi Hillen Adopting 1 pet would be nice, adopting 2 would be great! There's pets out there that are 2 for 1 b/c they are best friends and can't be separated for one reason or another. Not only would it help Trump & his staff but also his family, when they visit.
Jun 19, 2017 Cynthia Ostrunic Come on President Trump. Adopt a mixed breed Pit Bull.
Jun 19, 2017 Susan Schueller
Jun 19, 2017 Stephanie Cruz Mr. President--If you want an animal because you love it, great. I don't think we Americans have the right to foist a bird or animal on you just because it has been done in the past. Keep up the great work you are doing. Thank you.
Jun 19, 2017 Sharon Porter
Jun 19, 2017 Ewa Perczak
Jun 19, 2017 Diane Rein
Jun 19, 2017 Bonnie Maller
Jun 19, 2017 Emma Del Rosario Although there are many mixed views on the President, he has an opportunity here to bring everyone together in showing responsibility and compassion by ADOPTING a dog. What a great way to encourage others & ease the financial burdens of the shelters
Jun 19, 2017 Susanna Purucker
Jun 19, 2017 melanie spires
Jun 18, 2017 Kathy Garcia
Jun 18, 2017 Rob Windsor
Jun 17, 2017 Marion Bost Maybe he would smile more. There are enough staff to help care for a pet.
Jun 17, 2017 Sandy Miller
Jun 16, 2017 Carla Winger
Jun 16, 2017 Fiona Wright
Jun 16, 2017 geraldine rowland People would look at Trump more kindly if he had a pet!
Jun 16, 2017 Pieter Degroote
Jun 16, 2017 Kevin Rodriguez
Jun 16, 2017 Mary Marchbanks
Jun 16, 2017 Stephanie Brake
Jun 16, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Jun 16, 2017 Sherry Mainquist
Jun 13, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
Jun 12, 2017 Ellen Easum Madelyn & Chris- too bad you can't put your petty politics aside (identical messages even!) for the good of shelter animals.
Jun 11, 2017 Chris Leverich trump does not deserve a pet, but many need adoption from shelters. Would someone less narcissistic and more loving please adopt a shelter animal for the White House, please?
Jun 11, 2017 James Mcwilliam
Jun 11, 2017 June Mcwilliam Pit bull rescue. A loyal strong symbol of america
Jun 11, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 11, 2017 Teresa Foster
Jun 11, 2017 Teresa Foster
Jun 11, 2017 giorgio debiasi
Jun 11, 2017 Gisela Zimmermann
Jun 11, 2017 Leah Smith
Jun 11, 2017 Doreen Walter

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