DOVER, Del.- The Rescue Dog is one step closer to becoming the official dog of Delaware.

Representative Bryan Shupe's House Bill 57 would make the "rescue dog" the state dog for the next year (Shupe says currently, a different breed is chosen each year). After being introduced in February, the bill unanimously passed the House this week.

"We want to make sure that all of our dogs that are in shelters, all of our dogs that need rescuing and fostering find a forever home," he says. "This bill will really bring a lot of awareness to the state of Delaware and hopefully the surrounding states as well."

Shupe is a proud rescue dog parent himself. The bill's next step is going to the Senate. If approved there, the "Rescue Dog" bill will head to Governor John Carney for his signature.

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