10 Fascinating Pets Of Powerful World Leaders

#9. Stanley And Gypsy Stephen Harper

While dogs have enjoyed recent popularity in Washington, D.C., Canadian Prime Minister Harper has a well-documented cat fancy. He is the proud owner of three-year-old tabby Stanley (named through a Facebook poll) as well as another cat named Gypsy. In a letter responding to a citizen’s inquiry, Harper described Gypsy as a camera-shy mouser and Stanley as the playful one of the pair.While he has been in office, Harper and his family have temporarily fostered a whopping 87 different cats. The Harpers show their support of animals even beyond their personal pet ownership. Information on how to adopt animals can be found on the Prime Minister’s official website, and the pair is involved in supporting the Ottawa Humane Society. So far, Harper has had a successful political career. Perhaps he owes it to a feline-like nine lives in the uncertain world of party politics.

Photo credit: Deb Ransom

Photo credit: Deb Ransom

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