South Korea's president adopted a shelter dog -- and she's stealing hearts around the world

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South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, officially welcomed the shelter dog to his home, the Blue House. The a four-year-old black mixed breed joins the presidential family's two other pets -- a dog, Maru, and a cat, Jjing-jjing.

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According to YonHap, this is the first time that a shelter dog has become the First Dog. Animal rights were a big part of the president's campaign -- President Moon Jae-in had promised to rescue a dog after touring one of the local shelters during the election period, said BBC.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomes a rescue dog to his official Blue House residence in Seoul, South Korea July 26, 2017. The Presidential Blue House/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomes a rescue dog to his official Blue House residence in Seoul, South Korea July 26, 2017. The Presidential Blue House/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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Tory was initially rescued from a dog meat farm two years ago. But because of the country's prejudice against black dogs, rescuers had a hard time getting Tory adopted. That's when President Moon Jae-in stepped in, offering the homeless pooch a lifetime of happiness.

h/t BBC

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Theodore Roosevelt: Pony named "Algonquin" (12 horses)

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Theodore Roosevelt: Hyacinth macaw named "Eli Yale" (Owl, 6 dogs, 2 cats, snake, 2 kangaroos, one-legged rooster, rabbit, flying squirrel, 5 guinea pigs, 5 bears, pig, and a raccoon)

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

William Howard Taft: Cows named "Pauline Wayne" and "Mooly Wooly"

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Woodrow Wilson: Sheep used to graze on the White House lawn. Wilson also had a tobacco-chewing tam named "Old Ike," an airedale named "Davie," a greyhound named "Mountain Boy," bull terrier named "Bruce," songbirds, and a cat named "Puffins."

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Warren G. Harding: Airedale terrier named "Laddie Boy," English bulldog named "Old Boy" and a squirrel named "Pete"

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Calvin Coolidge: White collie named "Rob Roy" and chow named "Tiny Tim"

(Photo: National Archives. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Calvin Coolidge: Raccoon named "Rebecca." He also had another raccoon, 10 dogs, three canaries, mockingbird, goose, two cats, donkey, bobcat, two lion cubs, a wallaby, a pygmy hippo, and a black bear.

(Photo: National Archives. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Herbert Hoover: Belgian shepherd named "King Tut" and a pair of alligators that crawled around the White House grounds. 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Scottish terrier named "Fala"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Harry Truman: Cocker spaniel named "Feller" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Harry Truman: Irish setter named "Mike" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Dwight Eisenhower: Weimaraner named "Heidi," parakeet named "Gabby" (she was never photographed)

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: Welsh terrier named "Charlie" (his favorite) and a mixed-breed named "Pushinka"

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: German shepherd named "Clipper," Welsh terrier named "Charlie" (with Caroline), mixed-breed named "Wolf" (reclining by Caroline), Irish cocker spaniel named "Shannon" (with John Jr.) and two of Pushinka's puppies (with First Lady Jackie Kennedy).

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: Pony named "Macaroni" (another pony named "Tex")

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Lyndon B. Johnson: Collie named "Blanco" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Lyndon B. Johnson: Beagles "Him" and "Her"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Lyndon B. Johnson: Mixed-breed named "Yuki"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Richard Nixon: Terrier named "Pasha," poodle named "Vicky," and Irish setter named "King Timahoe"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Richard Nixon: Cocker spaniel named "Checkers"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Gerald Ford: Golden retriever named "Liberty" and her litter of puppies born at the White House

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Gerald Ford: Siamese cat named "Shan"

(Photo: Gerald Ford Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: Golden retriever named "Victory"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: King Charles spaniel named "Rex" 

(Photo: Wikipedia. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: Bouvier des Flandres herding dog named "Lucky"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Millie" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Ranger"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Bill Clinton: Labrador retriever named "Buddy"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Socks, the first cat of the Clinton family, August 24, 1994.

(Photo by Larry Downing/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

George W. Bush: Scottish terriers named "Barney" and "Miss Beazley"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: American shorthair cat named "India," "Willie," or sometimes called "Kitty"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Spot"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Barack Obama: Portuguese water dogs named "Bo" and "Sunny"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

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