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'Indoguration Day' nears for Major Biden

Major, the first shelter dog to make it to White House, is getting honored on Sunday
Major, the soon-to-be first pet is being honored with a virtual "indoguration" celebration on Jan. 17, courtesy of the Delaware Humane Association.
Major, the soon-to-be first pet is being honored with a virtual "indoguration" celebration on Jan. 17, courtesy of the Delaware Humane Association.Delaware Humane Association / Facebook

Before his human gets inaugurated, Major Biden is getting "indogurated."

The soon-to-be first pet is being honored with a virtual "indoguration" celebration on Jan. 17, courtesy of the Delaware Humane Association — the shelter President-elect Joe Biden got him from.

The German shepherd will be the White House's first shelter dog.

Before Biden adopted him in 2018, Major had been one of six puppies who were taken to the shelter "after coming in contact with something toxic in their home," the organization said at the time.

"Joe Biden caught wind of them and reached out immediately. The rest is history!"

Joe Biden adopted his rescue dog Major in 2018.Delaware Humane Association / Facebook

The DHA is advertising the Sunday event as "the world's largest virtual party for dogs," and is using it to raise funds for the shelter. It's being hosted by the TODAY's Jill Martin and will feature an appearance by Sir Darius Brown, a teenage entrepreneur who founded a bow-tie company called Beaux and Paws to help shelter dogs get adopted.

Along with Biden's other dog Champ, Major's move into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will mark the return of pets to the White House for the first time in four years. Donald Trump was the first president without a pet in the White House since Andrew Johnson in the 1860s, according to the Presidential Pet Museum.

Vice President Joe Biden's dog, Champ, stands during speechs during a Joining Forces service event at the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory May 10, 2012 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee / Getty Images

The vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory, meanwhile, will be losing a large pet presence. Vice President Mike Pence and his family had a cat named Hazel, a dog named Harley, a snake named Sapphira and bunny named Marlon Bundo.

While Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is a fan of dogs, she does not have one.

This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.