Obama Family Urged To Consider Adoption

Animal charities have offered their help to the Obama Family when considering where to get their new puppy and what breed to choose.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has suggested that the Obama family consider taking part in their "Meet Your Match™" adoption program, used by hundreds of animal shelters and rescue groups across the country. The program involves three steps: assessing the animals available for adoption, assessing the potential adopter, and matching them together based on compatibility.

"The unconditional love we get from our companion animals is one of the greatest gifts in life," said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. "At the ASPCA, we are thrilled at the prospect that the Obama Family will ‘make pet adoption their first option’ and head to their local animal shelter or rescue group, where there are many extraordinary animals just waiting for a forever home. Whether their preference is dog or cat, small or large, purebred or lovable mutt, they could both find the perfect pet and help an animal in need, which would be an incredible opportunity."

Meanwhile, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has released the results of it’s August poll in which 42,000 participants voted for the most suitable dog for the Obama family. The Poodle was chosen from a list of five hypoallergenic breeds, each with distinct characteristics that made them uniquely suited for Obama’s daughter who suffers from allergies.

"We hope the Obamas consider the survey results," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "This poodle is a breed that doesn’t always get the respect it deserves, but it is truly an ideal family pet. They are currently the eighth most popular breed in the U.S., according to 2007 AKC registration statistics, and the breed spent more than two decades in the top spot – a true testament to its suitability as a family pet. And while Poodles require frequent grooming, their consistent and predictable coat is crucial for Obama’s daughter and all who suffer from allergies."

And AKC President & CEO Dennis Sprung added, "I would be happy to personally assist Obama in identifying a responsible breeder if they are looking for a puppy".

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