Photos: The dogs and cats of Congress

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sits with her dog, Kirby. She has had 7-year-old Kirby for almost six years. The pup travels with the senator throughout her home state of California. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sits with her dog, Kirby. She has had 7-year-old Kirby for almost six years. The pup travels with the senator throughout her home state of California. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., has had Koko for 12 years and she fully resides in Minnesota. He said she would like a tour of the Capitol but she hasn’t been able to make it yet. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., has had Koko for 12 years and she fully resides in Minnesota. He said she would like a tour of the Capitol but she hasn’t been able to make it yet. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ed Ryoce (R-Calif.) and his chief of staff, Amy Porter, with her pup, Archie in his House office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif.,  and his chief of staff, Amy Porter, with her pup, Archie in his House office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Archie, the pup of Rep. Ed Royce's chief of staff, is seen in Royce's Capitol Hill office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Archie, the pup of Rep. Ed Royce’s chief of staff, is seen in Royce’s Capitol Hill office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) with his 9-year-old Dachshund Cali. She’s named after her home state and is friends with the other dogs on that come into the nearby offices, including Archie the Westie! (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., with his 9-year-old Dachshund Cali. She’s named after her home state and is friends with the other dogs on that come into the nearby offices, including Archie the Westie! (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) with his 9-year-old Dachshund Cali in his Capitol Hill office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., with his 9-year-old Dachshund Cali in his Capitol Hill office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, I-Northern Mariana Islands, and his dog Sookie. Six-year-old Sookie came to the Sablan family in January 2017 when their friends were moving and entrusted the family to look after her. Sablan says, “She owns our home.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, I-Northern Mariana Islands, and his dog Sookie. Six-year-old Sookie came to the Sablan family in January 2017 when their friends were moving and entrusted the family to look after her. Sablan says, “She owns our home.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., and her beloved cat, Pete. Sadly, he passed away shortly after this photo was taken. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., and her beloved cat, Pete. Sadly, he passed away shortly after this photo was taken. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., with his staffer’s dog, Stevie. She’s a 2-year-old Goldendoodle who has been dubbed the office’s "Ambassador of Joy." (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., with his staffer’s dog, Stevie. She’s a 2-year-old Goldendoodle who has been dubbed the office’s “Ambassador of Joy.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and his dog, Max. Max is 11 years old and has been with the Roskam family since he was just 4 months old. He stays with the family in Illinois. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and his dog, Max. Max is 11 years old and has been with the Roskam family since he was just 4 months old. He stays with the family in Illinois. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and family posing with the family dogs, Buckeye and Bear. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and family posing with the family dogs, Buckeye and Bear. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and her dog, Reily. Reily has been with the DelBenes for one year after they found him wandering around their neighborhood, then learned his owner no longer wanted him. He is 5 years old. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and her dog, Reily. Reily has been with the DelBenes for one year after they found him wandering around their neighborhood, then learned his owner no longer wanted him. He is 5 years old. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and his pup, Abbot. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and his pup, Abbot. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., with Todd, who belongs to his communication director, Bernadette Green. Todd is believed to be a Siberian husky/Pekingese/miniature dachshund mix. He was adopted from a shelter in Atlanta and was named after NFL player Todd Gurley. Todd spells his last name “Grrrrly.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., with Todd, who belongs to his communication director, Bernadette Green. Todd is believed to be a Siberian husky/Pekingese/miniature dachshund mix. He was adopted from a shelter in Atlanta and was named after NFL player Todd Gurley. Todd spells his last name “Grrrrly.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., with Todd, who belongs to his communication director, Bernadette Green. Todd is believed to be a Siberian husky/Pekingese/miniature dachshund mix. He was adopted from a shelter in Atlanta and was named after NFL player Todd Gurley. Todd spells his last name “Grrrrly.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., with Todd, who belongs to his communication director, Bernadette Green. Todd is believed to be a Siberian husky/Pekingese/miniature dachshund mix. He was adopted from a shelter in Atlanta and was named after NFL player Todd Gurley. Todd spells his last name “Grrrrly.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., and his dog, Teddy. Teddy is 4 years old and the congressman’s family has had him since he was 2 months old. He often travels between North Carolina and D.C. with the congressman. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., and his dog, Teddy. Teddy is 4 years old and the congressman’s family has had him since he was 2 months old. He often travels between New Jersey and D.C. with the congressman. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with her beloved cat Hemic. Hemic was adopted from a local animal shelter and is 20 years old (or older!) He stays in Hawaii with the senator’s mother and husband (pictured here). (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance).
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with her beloved cat Hemic. Hemic was adopted from a local animal shelter and is 20 years old (or older!) He stays in Hawaii with the senator’s mother and husband (pictured here). . (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., with his legislative counselor Zoe and her dog Millie. Millie is 10 months old and has been with Zoe for five months. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., with his legislative counselor Zoe Oreck and her dog, Millie. Millie is 10 months old and has been with Zoe for five months. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and staffer Anthony’s dog, Beacon. Beacon was adopted a few years ago when he caught his dad’s eye while he was accompanying D.C. Council member Mary Cheh on a tour of the New York Avenue Adoption Center. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and staffer Anthony’s dog, Beacon. Beacon was adopted a few years ago when he caught his dad’s eye while he was accompanying D.C. Council member Mary Cheh on a tour of the New York Avenue Adoption Center. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Pa., and his scheduler Angela’s dog, Jillian. Little Jillian runs the show when she’s in the office and is known to be the office greeter. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and his scheduler Angela’s dog, Jillian. Little Jillian runs the show when she’s in the office and is known to be the office greeter. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and her puppy, Fred. The senator has had Fred since January 2017 and keeps him with her in DC. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and her puppy, Fred. The senator has had Fred since January 2017 and keeps him with her in DC. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., with his staffers Matt, Nicole, and Jennifer and their respective pets Spaghetti, Kennedy, and Lorenzo. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., with his staffers Matt, Nicole, and Jennifer and their respective pets Spaghetti, Kennedy, and Lorenzo. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Gerry Connolly's dog, Abigail Adams, in his Capitol Hill office. Connolly has had Abigail for six years. She accompanies him to the office often and is frequently on the campaign trail. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Gerry Connolly’s dog, Abigail Adams, in his Capitol Hill office. Connolly has had Abigail for six years. She accompanies him to the office often and is frequently on the campaign trail. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Gerry Connolly's dog, Abigail Adams, in his Capitol Hill office. Connolly has had Abigail for six years. She accompanies him to the office often and is frequently on the campaign trail. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Gerry Connolly’s dog, Abigail Adams, in his Capitol Hill office. Connolly has had Abigail for six years. She accompanies him to the office often and is frequently on the campaign trail. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., doesn't have a dog his legislative assistant, Taylor Hittle, has a pup named Shiner Bear who often frequents the office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., doesn’t have a dog his legislative assistant, Taylor Hittle, has a pup named Shiner Bear who often frequents the office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Meet Sadie, who belongs to a staff member, Rebecca Neal, who works in the office of Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.V. Sadie was adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Meet Sadie, who belongs to a staff member, Rebecca Neal, who works in the office of Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.V. Sadie was adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., poses with her dog, Buddy. This photo was taken at the Golden Gate National Recreation Center, which the congresswoman has worked to keep as a dog-friendly, off-leash zone. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., poses with her dog, Buddy. This photo was taken at the Golden Gate National Recreation Center, which the congresswoman has worked to keep as a dog-friendly, off-leash zone. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and her adopted cat Tio. We may not know the cat’s exact age, but according to the congresswoman, “Tio is ageless.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and her adopted cat Tio. We may not know the cat’s exact age, but according to the congresswoman, “Tio is ageless.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sits with her dog, Kirby. She has had 7-year-old Kirby for almost six years. The pup travels with the senator throughout her home state of California. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., has had Koko for 12 years and she fully resides in Minnesota. He said she would like a tour of the Capitol but she hasn’t been able to make it yet. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ed Ryoce (R-Calif.) and his chief of staff, Amy Porter, with her pup, Archie in his House office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Archie, the pup of Rep. Ed Royce's chief of staff, is seen in Royce's Capitol Hill office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) with his 9-year-old Dachshund Cali. She’s named after her home state and is friends with the other dogs on that come into the nearby offices, including Archie the Westie! (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) with his 9-year-old Dachshund Cali in his Capitol Hill office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, I-Northern Mariana Islands, and his dog Sookie. Six-year-old Sookie came to the Sablan family in January 2017 when their friends were moving and entrusted the family to look after her. Sablan says, “She owns our home.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., and her beloved cat, Pete. Sadly, he passed away shortly after this photo was taken. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., with his staffer’s dog, Stevie. She’s a 2-year-old Goldendoodle who has been dubbed the office’s "Ambassador of Joy." (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and his dog, Max. Max is 11 years old and has been with the Roskam family since he was just 4 months old. He stays with the family in Illinois. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and family posing with the family dogs, Buckeye and Bear. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and her dog, Reily. Reily has been with the DelBenes for one year after they found him wandering around their neighborhood, then learned his owner no longer wanted him. He is 5 years old. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and his pup, Abbot. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., with Todd, who belongs to his communication director, Bernadette Green. Todd is believed to be a Siberian husky/Pekingese/miniature dachshund mix. He was adopted from a shelter in Atlanta and was named after NFL player Todd Gurley. Todd spells his last name “Grrrrly.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., with Todd, who belongs to his communication director, Bernadette Green. Todd is believed to be a Siberian husky/Pekingese/miniature dachshund mix. He was adopted from a shelter in Atlanta and was named after NFL player Todd Gurley. Todd spells his last name “Grrrrly.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., and his dog, Teddy. Teddy is 4 years old and the congressman’s family has had him since he was 2 months old. He often travels between North Carolina and D.C. with the congressman. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with her beloved cat Hemic. Hemic was adopted from a local animal shelter and is 20 years old (or older!) He stays in Hawaii with the senator’s mother and husband (pictured here). (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance).
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., with his legislative counselor Zoe and her dog Millie. Millie is 10 months old and has been with Zoe for five months. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and staffer Anthony’s dog, Beacon. Beacon was adopted a few years ago when he caught his dad’s eye while he was accompanying D.C. Council member Mary Cheh on a tour of the New York Avenue Adoption Center. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Pa., and his scheduler Angela’s dog, Jillian. Little Jillian runs the show when she’s in the office and is known to be the office greeter. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and her puppy, Fred. The senator has had Fred since January 2017 and keeps him with her in DC. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., with his staffers Matt, Nicole, and Jennifer and their respective pets Spaghetti, Kennedy, and Lorenzo. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Gerry Connolly's dog, Abigail Adams, in his Capitol Hill office. Connolly has had Abigail for six years. She accompanies him to the office often and is frequently on the campaign trail. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Gerry Connolly's dog, Abigail Adams, in his Capitol Hill office. Connolly has had Abigail for six years. She accompanies him to the office often and is frequently on the campaign trail. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., doesn't have a dog his legislative assistant, Taylor Hittle, has a pup named Shiner Bear who often frequents the office. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Meet Sadie, who belongs to a staff member, Rebecca Neal, who works in the office of Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.V. Sadie was adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., poses with her dog, Buddy. This photo was taken at the Golden Gate National Recreation Center, which the congresswoman has worked to keep as a dog-friendly, off-leash zone. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)
Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and her adopted cat Tio. We may not know the cat’s exact age, but according to the congresswoman, “Tio is ageless.” (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance)

WASHINGTON — It’s a famous saying often attributed to President Harry Truman: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.

Or a cat works, too.

Lawmakers from both houses of Congress and both sides of the aisle have clearly taken that advice to heart.

The Humane Rescue Alliance, visited Capitol Hill offices to snap pictures of senators and representatives with their beloved four-legged friends and the pets of some of their staff members.

To find out more about adopting your own new best friend, visit the Humane Rescue Alliance website.

This content was republished with permission from CNN.

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