(MILFORD, Del.) - The rescue dog is close to becoming the state dog for Delaware. Representative Bryan Shupe (R- Milford) proposed House Bill 57 back in February to make the rescue dog Delaware's next state dog.

The bill has received bipartisan support, passing the House unanimously in March, and then passing unanimously in the Senate on Thursday.

Now it just has to be signed by Governor John Carney to become law.

Shupe says the significance of this bill is creating awareness for dogs in shelters to help them find forever homes. He notes that in the United States, there are 2.5 million dogs in shelters.

"We really want to promote the awareness of fostering and adopting the dogs that are in these shelters," says Shupe.

Shupe says the bill applies to all breeds of shelter dogs.

"They don't have a voice of their own, so we want to make sure we're a voice for them," he says.

For more on the bill, and what local animal shelters have to say, click here.