This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

It’s a startling statistic. But every day, 20 veterans take their own life.  Meanwhile, every 8 seconds a cat or dog is put down in a shelter for lack of anyone to adopt them.

That’s why the organization Pets for Patriots is committed to bringing together US Military and older or overlooked shelter pets – Saving two lives at once.

Austin Winston and Army veteran shared his story on how he and Buddy found each other and what that friendship means to both of them.