“Would a cardboard box protect this dog from the frozen ground?”

“Maybe some old blankets?”

“Here’s a little food to get her through another day.”

Brighton’s been around for a while, roaming the familiar landscape of the reservation. Ribs stick out from her thin body while mange and secondary infections ravage her skin. Winters are brutal, and life expectancy is low for many there.

While Brighton was an accomplished survivor, one winter day was too harsh for the 30-pound Shepherd mix. Realizing that Brighton needed help, a kind person made the call to our partner, LightShine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue. Brighton then entered Ruff Start Rescue, grateful to not spend another night outside with the chance of not waking up.

Brighton rescued
Brighton relaxing

With frost-bitten paws and visible wounds, likely from a pellet gun or bite, Brighton stayed in a home for the very first time last night. Like other grateful reservation animals, Brighton is a perfect house guest. She’s all snuggled up in a blanket and on the road to recovery. She’ll never have to survive day-to-day again.

After one week in the Rescue, and Brighton already checked off a lot of boxes.

Brighton's bathtime
Bath? Check.
Brighton countersurfing
Counter surfing? Check.
Brighton in pajamas
Wearing cute PJs? Check.
Brighton snuggling in blankets
Snuggling in blankets? Check.
Brighton sunbathing
Soaking in the sunshine? Check.
Brighton's carride
Going on car rides? Check.
Brighton at the vet
Vetting? Check.
Brighton chewing on a bone
Playing with toys? Double-check.
Brighton cuddling
Recovering? In progress.

We asked our social media followers what Brighton should add to her foster bucket list before being adopted. Suggestions included a photoshoot, meeting new friends, going on a walk, and getting a pup cup. Safe to say, Brighton’s foster delivered!

With your support, we can help more reservation animals in need like Brighton.

Here’s how you can help:

Donate. You can help cover Brighton’s care and other animals like her by donating to our animal care fund.

Sign up to foster. We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.

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