Above: Presidential Pets of the Reagan Administration (Courtesy of the Presidential Pet Museum)
There have been a few discussions out in the blogsphere expressing the desire for more pet and environmental friendly elections.
However despite the large number of American households that house pets (over 63%) it doesn’t seem to be a priority for the campaigns of either party.
If you ever wonder about how representatives vote on issues you can find a summary on the Humane Scorecard (PDF) courtesy of the Humane Society Legislative Fund which is part of the Humane Society of the United States.
On a lighter note, there is a Presidential Pets Museum not too far away from Washington DC.
This unique museum coincides with the increased interest in pets and you can see who had what White House pets online.
The museum was founded in Lothian, Maryland in 1999 before it moved to its currently location in Virginia. The pet museum serves as a repository and means of preserving information, artifacts, and items related to Presidential pets and currently has over 500 items on display.
Claire McLean, the founder and CEO of the Presidential Pet Museum has collected hundreds of rare artifacts, prints and memorabilia to celebrate the nation’s “First Pets.”
Located in Presidents Park at 211 Water Country Parkway Williamsburg, VA 23185, the Presidential Pet Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September through October and then from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November through March.
I didn’t see any spring or summer hours but you can click here for directions or call 800-588-4327 or (757) 259-1121 ext. 107 for additional information.
There have been a variety of unusual animal pets in the White House, too but that is for another post!