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PETA’s Response to Obama Puppy

Written by PETA | April 13, 2009

 

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We’re disappointed to report that, although the Obamas had publicly expressed their intention to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue group, they have instead accepted a Portuguese water dog as a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Let us be clear: The new first dog, Bo, is not a rescue. While he was returned to the breeder by his first owners, that subtle point is missing from or buried in most news reports and is no doubt lost on the masses of people who will be lining up at pet shops and demanding “Obama puppies.” These puppies will eventually lose their appeal, once people get tired of taking care of them, but because most pet shops and many breeders don’t take “returns,” guess where those unwanted “Obama puppies” are going to end up? At extremely crowded, overworked shelters like D.C.’s Washington Humane Society (WHS).

Speaking of which, the Obamas have promised to make a donation to WHS, which is great, but, as we told the President in a letter we sent today, WHS doesn’t need his money as much as it needs his business (i.e., going in and adopting a shelter animal)—and the business of all the people who do what Obama did just because he did it.

The Obamas can’t undo their missed opportunity to set a great example for Americans by adopting a shelter dog, but they can still set another important example: They can arrange for the first dog to become the last dog in his lineage by having him neutered. We’ve offered up our mobile clinic’s services for the first “snip” and will let you know if the President takes us up on our offer.

Written by Alisa Mullins

Update: We are glad to report that Bo has been fixed, and we hope that the Obamas will publicly stress the importance of spaying and neutering. We also hope that they will encourage people to adopt mutts—lots of mutts are “hypo-allergenic,” and, best of all, saving their lives is also good for your heart.

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  • Jim Burns says:

    it is… a dog

  • JEREMY BLEVINS says:

    WHY DID YOU LIE. YOU ARE JUST PROVING TO EVERYONE THAT YOU ARE JUST A BIG FAT LIAR. YOU DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY. YOU ARE JUST PUTTING UP A FRONT. BECAUSE YOU JUST WONT TO BE IN HISTORY FOR BEING THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. YOU LIED ABOUT GETTING A DOG OUT OF THE ANIMAL SHELTER. YOU HAVE MONEY TO DO IT BUT INSTEAD YOU ARE JUST BEING REALLY SELFISH AND NOT THINKING ABOUT ANYONE ELSE BUT YOUR SELF. SO JUST STOPO PUTTING UP A FRONT.

  • Barbara Perrin says:

    If you think this issue is not important Go visit a shelter and watch healthy loving adoptable dogs being killed because some callous owner had enough of them…WHY PROMISE TO ADOPT FROM A SHELTER IF THEY HAD NO INTENTION TO DO SO? THE MAN WENT BACK ON HIS WORD ON A VITAL ANIMAL WELFARE ISSUE. HOW CAN THAT BE JUSTIFIED?? We’re not talking about a TV presenter or a model here this is THE US PRESIDENT!! IT’S ALWAYS DISAPPOINTING WHEN A PROMINENT FIGURE GIVES A BAD EXAMPLE TO THE MASSES AND LIES INTO THE BARGAIN JUST TO GET ANIMAL LOVERS’ VOTES. It’s not ‘A’ DOG IT’S 15 MILLIONS OF THEM KILLED EVERY YEAR IN US DOG POUNDSAFTER SUFFERING THE MISERY AND PAIN OF ABANDON! I’M DEEPLY HURT BY THIS BACKSTABBING ACT TOWARDS THE MILLIONS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS AND THE MILLIONS WHO CARE FOR THEM AND STRIVE TO KEEP THEM ALIVE especially coming from a man I actually believed in. With this kind of message maybe next year a million of them will be Portuguese Water Dogs. Shouldn’t they be cut some slack from irresponsible adoptions? THE ONLY WAY THE OBAMAS CAN REGAIN CREDIBILITY ON ANIMAL WELFARE IS ADOPTING A SHELTER FRIEND FOR BO failing that as far as I’m concerned they are liars. Full stop. ONE BROKEN PROMISE MAYBE MORE TO FOLLOW.

  • juliebear says:

    ITS A DOG PEOPLE!!! WHY ARE WE PUTTING SO MUCH IMPORTANCE ON IT! YES HE DID IN FACT SAY HE WAS GOING TO ADOPT A SHELTER DOG BUT BO WAS A GIFT FROM TED KENNEDY HOW WOULD THAT HAVE LOOKED TO REFUSE A GIFT FROM SOMEONE THAT SUPPORTED YOUR SUCCESSFULL WHITE HOUSE CAMPAIGN? JEEZ PEOPLE CUT THE GUY A BIT OF SLACK

  • Judy says:

    Isn’t it time to accept that the Obama’s dog is a keeper nothing anyone can say will change that. Let’s focus on important issues. Be happy that Bo has a safe caring and happy existence with his new family.

  • Barbara P says:

    This dog was clearly not a rescue and any attempt to pass it off as such is simply a lie. Very very disappointed that the first family missed a great opportunity to show the benefits and rewards of adopting a true rescued animal.

  • Marla says:

    Judy Schultz why do you breed dogs when so many are dying in shelters? RESPONSIBILITY you say?

  • Judy Schultz says:

    Why is it that we keep making the mistake of saying that we need more laws to control puppy mills? Why don’t our authorities concentrate on enforcing the laws that are already in place? The system is already bogged down enough with laws that are not enforced people need to investigate before asking for more laws!! I understand that the shelters are overcrowded by unwanted animals. The responsible breeders do their homework before placing a puppy to make as sure as we can that the puppy is being placed in a forever home. We also have contracts that state if the puppy is not wanted for any reason that we will take them back and should be given that opportunity before the puppy is placed anywhere else. RESPONSIBLE is the KEY word.

  • Huntress says:

    I’m disappointed that Obama didn’t get a shelter dog but Tammatha is right it would have been akward for him to refuse Kennedy’s gift. I also think it’s bad for people to make the children’s pet into a political thing nobody has mentioned the fact that the girls may have wanted that dog and what was Obama going to say”sorry girls I can’t go back on my campaign promise.”?

  • Lynda says:

    Although he went back on his word ALL animals deserve a chance to be in a home. Yes adopting an animal from a shelter is an excellent thing to do I recently adopted a 2 year old persian the same day she was scheduled to be euthanized. However I have also bought my little dog from a breeder. Animals are animals and they deserve a home no matter what the cost. Some breeders like shelters will put down dogs because of the sheer volume or the fact that they will not “sell”. I am just happy that Obama’s dog is in a family who will love him and take care of him. This is what we should be concentrating on. Let’s give ALL animals from shelters or breeders a chance to be in a loving forever home.

  • Madalena Crespo says:

    I’m portuguese resident in Portugal and I’m very happy that President took for his life a Portuguese Race of dogsa fisherman portuguese dog more precisely. It’s not a ‘fashion’ dog it’s a real dog who needs space freedom and liberty. I’m sure that President Obama will help many centres of shelter dogs and cats so he will have the time and opportunity to do that.

  • Mona says:

    I am torn. I think the best thing the president can do now is adopt a shelter dog to be a companion for both his family and his other dog. About 2 12 years ago I went to look for a dog and wanted to adopt one from a shelter that was older and less cute than the others. I wanted to take one home that no one else would probably ever take. One that would probably end up dying in the shelter if I didn’t take them. So I went looking and I wanted to take every one of them. It made me incredibly sad. I realized that as much as I wanted to help all of them or even just one of them…I couldn’t handle becoming attached to one and then losing it sooner than I would if I got a puppy. So I ended up getting a little mutt half chihuahua and some sort of terrier. But I have often thought of adopting one more in need of a home now to keep him company.

  • Frieda says:

    I’m very disappointed also not only in the Obamas but also Ted Kennedy for supporting breeders. I think Obama should still adopt a puppy from a shelter to make good on his word and the message that it will send.

  • Jenna Williams says:

    Kathy are you slow or can you just not read? It said this dog WASNT rescued. The pres. just wants some good publicity. But no one likes him already. It even said on tv this dog was a pure breed water dog. If he really wants to look good he should choose a dog thats injured or really needing a home. More than 100 animals a day are put down just cause they are pure bred or they lack a physical feature appealing to the buyers. Obama is a sad excuse for a man. Grow some balls.

  • Chuck Gary says:

    The Portuguese Water Dog is perfect for the Obama family and it’s rude to refuse a gift. That’s all. ‘Nough said. Get on. Go Bo!

  • Erika says:

    why is this being a big deal?? It’s the past already oh well. yeah I agree that people should adopt but he didn’t.

  • lg says:

    Isn’t he a beuatiful dog pound puppy or from a breeder it’s wonderful to own a pet

  • Michelle says:

    Very very disappointed with President Obama! I really thought that he was a friend to shelterhomeless pets.

  • Giorgia says:

    I hope the Obamas will publicly stress the importance of spaying and neutering…and I hope they’ll end up adopting a second dog from the shelter!

  • Peggy Ellison says:

    Pres Obama did not say he was definitely getting a shelter dog. He said it would be a consideration. I am a firm believer of adopting shelter dogs but I still believe that people should be able to get the kind of dog they want and from wherever except pet stores where we know they come from puppy farms. We should be grateful the Obamas spent much time considering this and didn’t run out and get just any dog as many people do and then wind up turning it back or sending it to a shelter. I think these people that sent these letters criticizing the First Family should put their energies into solving the homeless problem by sending money and spending time helping to close these puppy mills. Be constructive not destructive. The Obamas do not get a break from our citizens on most issues. Getting tired of this.

  • Rita Cross says:

    Hopefully the first family will see that Bo needs a playmate and adopt one from a shelter!

  • Gina says:

    Shame shame shame.

  • Tracy says:

    I have really bad dog allergies too yet I have 3 dogs which all came from a shelter.. It’s called CLARITIN. It’s one thing to change your mind about a dog shelter but to go the complete opposite way and go to a breeder .. That’s just bad. Breeders are evil you would think the president would know that.

  • lisa salazar says:

    I am very disappointed. He should have rescued a shelter dog.

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