The Nowzad Dogs charity works to relieve the suffering of animals, predominantly stray and abandoned dogs,cats and donkeys in need of care and attention in Afghanistan.
Nowzad Dogs in the News
June 2012: The life of Afghan animals is not one of comfort at the best of times; most of the day is spent hunting for scraps of food or hiding from the hot desert sun during the summer or the freezing cold of an Afghan winter night. There is definitely no pampered pet status in Afghanistan.
The Nowzad Dogs Charity has been formed to relieve the suffering of animals in Afghanistan and to do something positive for the many animals that have no hope and no body to care for them.
Over the last five years Nowzad has assisted hundreds of serving soldiers rescue and be reunited with their four legged companions who they have befriended and cared for during their dangerous tour of duty. To date Nowzad Dogs has rescued over 300 dogs and cats that now have forever loving homes with the soldiers that originally found them.
After setting up the first official animal shelter in Afghanistan in January 2011 the charity also aims to improve life for dogs in Afghanistan by starting a desperately needed trap, neuter, vaccinate and release programme as an alternative to the current inhumane methods used to control the stray dog population. The charity also hopes to start an animal welfare education programme through the gradually rebuilding Afghan school system.
Nowzad Dogs was founded by former Royal Marine Pen Farthing who himself was befriended by a former Afghan fighting dog named ‘Nowzad’ during a tour of duty in Helmand Province in 2006.
Receiving no government grants; the work that Nowzad is able to achieve is completely funded by the dog loving public. The charity is determined to improve the pitiful existence that befalls most Afghan dogs and to make a difference to the strays of Afghanistan, one dog at a time.
Source: Nowzad Dogs Newsletter