She mentioned that Wilbur is dealing with the stress of being the mayor quite well. ‘He’s done a lot of interviews locally,’ she said. ‘He’s had a lot of pets, a lot of belly scratches and a lot of ear rubs.’
Noland explained that the town ‘has never had an actual person or human as mayor,’ but the tradition came about in the late 1990s.‘There was a man named Don Claire who thought it would be a great idea to elect some type of animal — not necessarily a canine — as mayor of town,’ she said. She called Wilbur ‘an anomaly’ because he is a purebred, but still considers him ‘so cute.’ Noland said she fosters kittens and cats, and the rest of the town is a thriving community of dog lovers. There have been five dog mayors of Rabbit Hash, which always coincides with the presidential election. ‘It’s not political at all,’ Noland said.