Ten years ago, a marine serving in Afghanistan named Pen Farthing, broke up an organized dog fight without knowing that this event will change his life forever. One of the dogs of the fight followed him and stayed by his side. He named him Nowzad (after the town where this happened) and eventually took him with him back to England where he lived 7 happy years until he passed away.
He realized he could do more by helping other animals in Afghanistan and by reuniting soldiers with their companions. According to Farthing,
“There is no stronger bond between man and dog than that formed during war (…) I know that the dog I looked after was my saving grace from the stress of conflict and because of that bond, the work goes on”
Later, he founded the Nowzad clinic and shelter –the first of its kind officially recognized in Afghanistan– which so far, has reunited more than 700 soldiers from all over the world with their loved adopted dogs and cats.
But their work goes beyond soldiers’ pets. They provide vaccinations, hold TNR programs, create awareness among locals on animal welfare and educate the public. Most of the conditions of the animals in the country are caused by a lack of education regarding treatment of animals and that’s why their educational programs are their priority.
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They offer their facilities to the veterinary students of the Kabul University so they can acquire practice and experience in animal care. They also run programs in collaboration with schools and other organizations and by doing so, they are teaching old and young generations to change the future of animal welfare in the country. The clinic has a staff of six animal caretakers and five doctors, which include the first two female Afghan practicing vets.
The animals they rescue are placed either in homes in Afghanistan or abroad but this can be expensive. They usually run individual fundraising campaigns for each animal and they are always in need of donations.
There are plenty of ways you can help. For a start you can visit their website and their Facebook page to get to know them more and to read the stories of each animal they rescue. They are all truly inspiring!
But you can also help by donating following this link, by buying something from their store following this one or even by signing up to easy fundraising, which is a great way of helping charities when you buy online with no extra charge. If this interests you, here is the link.
And of course a great way of helping is always sharing these stories because they are really worth telling.