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Jackson Jr. Adopts Dog as "Temporary Staff Member"

Washington Humane Society program places pets in a temporary home to make room in the crowded shelters

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    Congressman Jesse Jackson poses with his foster dog Mocha, a one-year-old terrier mix.

    The political barking that echoes through Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Washington, D.C. office even had a dog bark to match it.

    In an effort to promote animal welfare awareness, Jackson Jr. took in Mocha, a 1-year-old foster pup, from the Washington Humane Society, as a "temporary staff member," according to a press release.

    "She's brought nothing but love and affection to the office since her arrival," Jackson said. "I can't imagine Mocha spending her days in a shelter, mostly alone, hoping for a new home."

    The foster program places pets in a temporary home to make room in the crowded shelters and help animals cope while they wait for a permanent home.

    Mocha was recently placed in her new permanent home.