PETA Welcomes the Bidens With a Dog and Cat Gift Basket

For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Washington – The Bidens—that is, Major, Champ, and the cat Dr. Jill Biden reportedly plans to adopt—have received a special welcome gift from PETA: A big basket full of toys, treats, and other goodies for the FIDOs (“first dogs”) and future “first feline.”

PETA has extended a warm welcome to the new White House residents—especially to Major, the first FIDO to be adopted from an animal shelter.

“A rescued dog in the White House is something kind people of all parties can celebrate,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA urges all Americans to follow the new first family’s example by adopting their next dog or cat from their local shelter.”

PETA’s gift basket includes tennis balls, an Atomic Flyer, and plenty of vegan treats for the FIDOs, plus tunnels, faux feathers, crinkle balls, and catnip for the future first cat. And for President and Dr. Biden, there’s PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s books Let’s Have a Dog Party!—which features coupons for extended dog walks and fun ideas for canine celebrations (pro tip: Let dogs dig, even on the South Lawn!)—250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You (delights that won’t break the Treasury include providing kitty with paper bags—with the handles cut off—to hide in), and Animalkind, her latest.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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