A sweet pup returns to forever home

YREKA, Calif. — It’s a heartwarming story of a dog who finds his forever home after being rescued, but it’s not exactly what you think.

Brutis is a spunky, playful old pup who seems to have been that way his whole life despite being in and out of a rescue shelter.

“Brutis came to us in the summer of 2017,” Rick Formanek, shelter manager at Rescue Ranch Yreka, said. “He was here for a short while and then he was adopted by a gentleman named Matt Foster.”

Unfortunately, Brutis’s owner, Matt Foster, unexpectedly passed away, leaving Brutis to go back to the Rescue Ranch.

Formanek says, “It’s always a disappointment,” when an animal gets returned.

Brutis wasn’t at the shelter for very long though.

After Foster’s home went up for sale, a man named Evan Olson was moving into the area and was interested in buying Fosters home.

“While walking around [the home] there was a dog house in between the two sheds and when I went inside there were dog tags,” Evan Olson, Yreka resident, said.

The dog tags had the name ‘Brutis’ on them.

He knew that the previous owner passed away and wondered what happened to the dog whose name was on the tags. So Evan went looking for him.

“I was getting on rescue ranch searching, and while scrolling through I saw Brutis’s name and I thought, ‘that couldn’t be a

As fate would have it, it wasn’t a coincidence. Evan decided to go meet Brutis for himself.

“I said I would take him back home,” Olson said.

That’s exactly what he did.

Now, Brutis has a new owner and new siblings but one thing has stayed the same, his home.

“I was just trying to do the right thing,” Olson said. “Just bring him back and it was his home so if it can continue being his home, then great.”

Blakely McHugh is co-anchor of NBC5 News at Sunrise and spokesperson for In This Together, a suicide prevention initiative. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Blakely is a native of San Diego, CA. Blakely is excited to be in southern Oregon, a place that gets all the seasons and has similar temperatures to Arizona in the summer! When she’s not at work, you can find her relaxing at home watching TV and cuddling with her cat, Dallas. She also enjoys trying new places to eat and exploring the outdoors. Blakely loves meeting new people so if you see her out and about, say “hi!”
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