Published Jun 27, 2019 at 5:35 AM | Updated at 8:49 AM PDT on Jun 27, 2019
A little, black Labrador retriever stole hearts from the moment he arrived in Southern California in late February 2018. The Puppy With a Purpose, voted by the public to be named Zuma after Zuma Beach, became a part of the Today in LA family as he trained to become a service dog for a veteran.
Zuma was part of the TODAY show's partnership with America's VetDogs. A few of his siblings joined other NBC stations as part of the partnership, too! He arrived in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 and made his Today in LA debut the following day. Unfortunately, Zuma has a mild allergy that prevents him from being matched with a client, but he's ready for the next chapter of his life of service -- he's working to become a therapy dog.