To be fair, Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden never said that he was planning on rescuing a pup from a shelter. However, it is kind of a bummer with the news this morning that he purchased one from a breeder in Pennsylvania. There are few major press opportunities to shed light on animal rescue organizations — and while Obama has been drawing the most attention with his potential choice — Biden still could have made a difference. From the article,
The vice president-elect picked out a month-old male German shepherd from a breeder in Chester County, Pa., according to the Daily Local News. The breeder told the paper Biden wanted a family dog that was social and obedient and said Biden’s granddaughters will name him. The puppy will be delivered to the Bidens at the vice presidential residence after the Inauguration and after the breeder trains him, the paper reports.
It’s worth noting that Biden is a staunch supporter of animal rights — being one of the few politicans to receive 100+% on the Humane Scorecard for supporting every major animal protection initiative. So, we’ve still got nothing but love for Joe — and hope he continues to use his power to help others. Good luck with the new pup!