The Park City Connection
Nuzzles & Co., a wonderful rescue in Park City, Utah, has become a great resource for our rez dogs, largely thanks to the Navajo on their staff, Darrell McCurtain.
They have taken five or six animals from us before, but July 11, a whopping 51 animals — dogs, cats, puppies and kittens — were transported from the reservation to Nuzzles’ gorgeous rescue ranch. Sixteen of those were Blackhat animals!
Funded by a private donor, the Nuzzles vans, full of crates and caring volunteers, motored into Kayenta on July 10 and stayed overnight. The next day, Maggie and Chris met them with our pets, and the Kayenta Animal Shelter loaded up the rest of the van space! As of mid-July, the animals were being vetted up and readied for the adoption floor, having left the triple-digit desert heat for the cool confines of a Utah ski town!
Noted Nuzzles volunteer (and Blackhat adopter) Tara Moreland of Salt Lake City on her Facebook page: “Rescue is so hard, but so worth it! This trip was full of such sadness (injured dogs, hungry and homeless dogs, homeless horses, dying baby birds, the death of a puppy we were desperately trying to save) but full of such highs too (people coming together to save 51!!!! animals from a very uncertain future on the reservation.”
This was quite possibly the biggest transport of reservation animals ever, and the great thing about Nuzzles is they understand that some of our animals, despite our best efforts, are going to have parasites and medical issues that need treating. They are also one of the very few rescues we work with that takes adult animals.
We are hoping to continue to work with Nuzzles in the future, and you can help by donating for a future reservation transport! Check them out at Nuzzlesandco.org.