Willow Biden (born January 3, 2020) is an American tabby domestic short-haired cat owned by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. Formerly a farm cat, she was adopted by the Biden family from Rick Telesz as part of a campaign promise to adopt a cat into the First Family and is named after Jill Biden's hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Willow is the first cat to live in the White House since India, who was owned by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
|Breed||Domestic short-haired cat|
|Born||January 3, 2020|
|Occupation||United States presidential pet|
|Term||January 28, 2022 – present|
|Appearance||Tabby cat with light green eyes, striped light and dark grey fur|
|Named after||Willow Grove, Pennsylvania|
Willow is a former farm cat that was born in Western Pennsylvania, and was formerly owned by Rick Telesz, a farmer in Volant, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. She has green eyes. Biden has stated that “[Willow] has no limits” and that “in the middle of the night she climbs up and lays on top of [his] head”.
Jill Biden first met Willow during a campaign speech at the farm where she resided and she immediately bonded with her. In an interview Jill stated that the cat had, between then and her adoption by the Bidens, been living with a foster family, and that she had grown attached to the cat. Rick Telesz, Willow's former owner, claimed that he received a phone call where he was informed that Jill wanted to adopt Willow from him.
While the adoption of a cat by the Biden family was promised in late 2020, Willow was only adopted in 2022 because of concerns that she would not get along with the Biden family's German Shepherd Major, who had biting issues. Eventually Major was sent to live with friends of the Biden family in Delaware.
See also edit
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- Media related to Willow (cat) at Wikimedia Commons