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Dog Shelter Helping Soldiers Ordered To Move Or Close (Video)

Dog Shelter Helping Soldiers Ordered To Move Or Close (Video)

Petty Officer Zachary Henning was happy to be back home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, but didn’t feel like it was a true homecoming until Gus, the stray dog that stayed by his side during his deployment, arrived in the U.S. to be with him. Gus is just one of 200 homeless dogs soldiers have been able to bring back as family pets, thanks to help from a group called Nowzad Dogs.

For five years, Nowzad has survived against all odds rescuing stray dogs and cats from appalling conditions in Afghanistan and aiding soldiers from the U.S., Britain and other countries in adopting an animal they have grown to love during their deployment.  Nearly every non-military dog that has been shipped home to a soldier, has spent time at the Nowzad shelter, which is the first ever animal shelter in Afghanistan.

Now the shelter is at-risk of becoming homeless as officials in Kabul have given them until July to “fund and build a new shelter” or close their doors. The 90 animals in their care will be sentenced to life on the Afghan streets, if help doesn’t come.

Nowzad was founded by Pen Farthing while he was a Sergeant in the Royal Marine’s stationed in Afghanistan in 2006. His job was to “provide stability for the local people,” but he quickly realized that “it wasn’t only the local people that needed help.”

“When we first arrived in the town of Now Zad I broke up a dog fight that was taking place right outside our remote compound. What I didn’t know was that one of those fighting dogs would then befriend me! I couldn’t say no to those big sad eyes, the now very former fighting dog, became my buddy and found himself a name – Nowzad,” said Farthing.

Soon Farthing found himself looking after two more dogs named RPG and Jena. Both were very malnourished strays that would not have survived the approaching Afghan winter without help.

Then a female called Tali and her 6 puppies crawled under a gate to find shelter and an injured dog named AK tagged along.

Farthing and two other marines built modest dog runs for the pack, so they could get out of the cold. They fed the dogs left over military rations.

In the spring, Farthing decided to get the dogs to a better life and located a rescue group in the far northern part of the country. The long journey was tainted with sadness as their vehicle was stopped at Taliban road blocks. RPG and AK escaped when the car door was left open and one of the puppies was stolen, but the other dogs arrived safely.

Jena was adopted to a family in the U.S. while Nowzad and Tali joined Farthing and his wife in the UK.

Once home, the Nowzad dogs became quite famous and Farthing realized he had to continue efforts to save the animals in Afghanistan. The charity was formed in May 2007 and has continued to rescue stray cats, dogs and donkeys.

 

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7:23AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:54AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

I already contribute and it's so dam sad, that some people don't care enough about pets to want them to be fed and happy. They only care about their dam selves, selfish BASTARDS. You let a dog or any animal go hungry and die, you will do that to your fellow man. Trust is not even in my vocabulary for mankind, only the animals. Where is our money going to help these animals? must be going in someone's pockets because animals all around the world are still suffering.

5:35AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

hope the dogs find the care they need

3:29PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

There must be something we can do to save this shelter/animals.

1:26PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

What the hell??? - The military has $$$ for all kinds of stupid crap... - Let these guys do something to make their lives a little brighter over there in that waste land...

6:44PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

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9:05AM PDT on May 13, 2012

i will donate as much as i can to them!!!!!!!!!!!!! am glad thereis stil good humanes in this world.

9:04AM PDT on May 13, 2012

great work form this soldiers. i do not underdtand the critic about this pass member. all the animals are good what ever they are, they need help!!!!!!! if some of the members of care 2 have nathing good to say. please do not say nathing!!!!!!!! those doggies are alone and they do need help. this guy from britis is wonderful. i hope the best for them and his shelter.

7:43AM PDT on May 13, 2012

This is so wrong on many levels. What have we come to in America.

6:37AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Thanks for this......

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