First Lady Jill Biden announced Friday morning that they had finally welcomed a cat into their family, which was promised back when Joe Biden was first elected in November 2020.

The cat is named Willow and is a two-year-old grey short-haired tabby. She’s named after her hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where she first crossed paths with the First Lady when she was making remarks on the campaign trail in 2020, according to a spokesman Michael LaRosa.

“The owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr. Biden” after the encounter, and Willow finally moved in Friday almost two years later. According to LaRosa, Willow is adjusting well to her new home in the White House with “plenty of room to smell and explore.”

Dr. Biden tweeted some gorgeous photos of Willow, which you can see below.


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Willow will be sharing the White House with a new German shepherd puppy, Commander, who was a birthday gift from President Biden’s brother James. Commander came after the Bidens had a difficult time with their dog Major, who became aggressive after moving to the White House and was eventually rehomed with family friends after some unsuccessful training.

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