To the editor:

Rescue animals have been named Time Magazine's first-ever "Pet Of The Year." President-elect Joe Biden's dog, Major, makes history as the first rescue dog from a shelter to live in the White House. Ohio, Colorado, California, Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee have all made shelter pets their official state animal, and Texas and Oregon are currently considering similar measures. I feel it's time that North Carolina acknowledges the importance of rescue animals by making them our official state animal. I recently contacted Sen. Thom Tillis to enlist his help in getting a senate bill past to achieve this.

Michael Raab