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Humane Society Questions New WH Puppy: 'Why Not A Rescue Dog?'

When it came time to pick a little puppy pal for White House dog, Bo, the Obama family seems to have made the politically incorrect choice of purchasing a pure-bred instead of adopting a rescue dog from one of the many shelters that become the last stop for millions of dogs before they are euthanized. 

Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, took to his blog Tuesday to point out that the Obama's have not been very forthcoming about new pup Sunny's origins other than to note that the pup came from Michigan.  Considering it is pretty rare to find a pure-bred like Sunny in an animal shelter, it's a good bet that the pup is not a rescue dog. 

Pacelle writes: 

"As we always say in such circumstances, we hope the Obamas considered adoption or rescue as the first choice in obtaining a pet."

In a weird example of paying for an indulgence for making the politically incorrect choice, Pacelle reveals that the Obama's made a donation to the Humane Society "in Sunny's name." 

"We are pleased to learn that the First Family made a donation in Sunny’s name to the Washington Humane Society, which shows the family’s awareness of and concern for the problem of homeless dogs and cats in our nation."

Is this some kind of "Canine Carbon Credit" where it's OK to not adopt a rescue dog as long as you make a donation? Perhaps, but since these are the dog days of August in Washington, it appears the politicization of the new White House puppy will continue until congress comes back to town. 



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