Ohio makes 'shelter pets' official state pet to raise awareness

The state of Ohio has named "shelter pets" their official state pet on Wednesday, according to the Humane Society.

The official designation is intended to help raise public awareness for shelter animals and the shelters filled with lonely pets waiting for someone to take them home and love them. 

The move happened after the stated passed Senate Bill 86. The bill was drafted to enact special designations but also to declare historic sites throughout the state of Ohio.

Good on you, Ohio! Very cool move. 

This almost makes up for the time you elected John Kasich. 

Almost.

A dog rests in a cage at an animal shelter for tornado-displaced pets on May 23, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Monday's tornado in this Oklahoma City suburb damaged or destroyed 1,200 homes and affected 33,000 people, officials said Thursday. Updating figures from one of the worst US tornados in recent years, they said the death toll from the powerful twister -- which struck with little notice in mid-afternoon -- remains at 24, with 377 injured. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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