The Daily Show Wants to Save Democracy—and Dogs

The Daily Show is on a mission to rescue two things at once: democracy and dogs. 

On Monday, the Comedy Central series announced a new initiative: InDogCision 2024: Rescuing Democracy.

Building on the series’ “Indecision 2024” coverage of the upcoming 2024 presidential election, the show will partner with animal rescue organizations nationwide to host joint voter registration/dog adoption events.

The campaign will kick off in New York City on Friday, June 21. There, the show is partnering with voter registration organization HeadCount and rescue group Animal Haven. The event will feature “pet adoptions, free giveaways, doggie swag, dog photoshoots, voter registration opportunities, special guests, and more,” according to a press release from Comedy Central. 

The Daily Show has a long history of championing dogs. Employees’ pets are welcome guests in the show’s offices, as evidenced by the popular Daily Show Dogs Instagram account. 

Jon Stewart’s own passion for animals is well-known. Together with his wife Tracey, the Stewarts run the Hockhockson Farm Foundation in New Jersey, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to promoting healthy, sustainable, and kind living.”

On February 26, just two weeks after his return to host The Daily Show’s Monday night episodes, the comedian’s love for his own pets was made clear in an emotional moment that has since gone viral. The host took time at the end of the show to tearfully memorialize his dog Dipper, a three-legged brindle pit bull who he rescued from Animal Haven, which led viewers to flood the organization with donations.

After New York, InDogCision will hit Milwaukee and Chicago, where The Daily Show will be on the road covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, respectively. Its Milwaukee event will be held on Sunday, July 14, in partnership with the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission; in Chicago, TDS will team up with PAWS Chicago on Sunday, August 18.

According to the press release, InDogCision 2024 “will then hit the road with HeadCount and bring voter engagement opportunities to several adoption centers in cities across America.”

RSVPs for the New York City event at Animal Haven are open now. The event will take place from 2pm to 6pm ET at Animal Haven.

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