Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation’s heroes, with the help of some match-making. Beth Zimmerman's nonprofit organization, Pets for Patriots, is working with U-S military veterans to help them find, afford and adopt last-chance dogs and cats from shelters. She says there are well-documented mental and physical benefits of pet ownership, and they have discovered some unintended additional benefits in the program.
Zimmerman says pets that are certain to die or face long-term homelessness in a shelter are singled out for the program – so they are usually older animals, and large, mixed-breed dogs. There are five participating Arizona shelters, including the Arizona Humane Society.