Pinterest Courtesy of Nuzzles & Co. Amid the harsh beauty of the Navajo Nation, heartbreak can be found around almost every bend on the highway: newborn puppies abandoned in boxes along the side of the road; hungry strays fighting over scraps of dead rabbits or mice; family pets lying lifeless in the sun after being hit by pickup trucks and semis.
With only five animal control officers and four small shelters for an area roughly the size of West Virginia, “it’s a forgotten place,” says Kathleen Toth, president of Nuzzles & Co ., a Park City, Utah-based animal rescue organization that travels to the Navajo Reservation every three weeks to pick up dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.
“The need is so great,” Toth tells PEOPLE, “that for every 50 dogs we rescue, we know that we’ve left 150,000 there. It’s overwhelming, but we can’t stop trying. These are sweet and […]