Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

This is an article by Green Pets America – International Humane Society. Celebrating the story of the courageous work by Nowzad in Afghanistan, who is making a difference for all the dogs, cats, and other animals with no voice. The nonprofit started from one man’s efforts to make a difference for one dog at a time in a place; that was back then; described as the most dangerous place on Earth… Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

It started in November 2006 when the men of Kilo Company of 42 Commando Royal Marines arrived in the war-torn town of ‘Now Zad’ in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Their mission; provide stability for the local people during a period of ever-decreasing security.

The Royal Marines soon realized that it wasn’t only the local people that needed their help. Many of the stray dogs that roamed the town of ‘Now Zad’ now had a guardian for the first time in their lives; in the form of Royal Marine Sergeant ‘Pen’ Farthing.

Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

Breaking up an organized dog fight that was taking place right outside their remote compound, Pen never realized that one of those fighting dogs would then befriend him.

The Royal Marine Sergeant couldn’t say no to those big sad eyes and the now-former fighting dog became the Sergeant’s battle buddy. The dog received his first-ever name – “Nowzad“.

The ‘tail‘ of the rescue of Nowzad and his other canine buddies from the remote desert outpost of Now Zad, was published as a best-selling book One Dog at a Time, which to this day helps to promote and fund the work we do in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

Nowzad has reunited over 1600 soldiers with the dogs and cats that they rescue and bond with on the front lines in Afghanistan and we continue to be there for the brave men and women who show compassion to animals during their deployment. 

Afghanistan One Dog At a Time

Nowzad manages a dog shelter currently looking after over 140 dogs (most available for adoption!!) along with a cat shelter (over 40 cats and most available for adoption!) supported by a modern veterinary clinic staffed by a team of 24 Afghan nationals (including Afghanistan’s first female veterinarians) delivering care and attention to animals in distress.

They also opened the first-ever donkey sanctuary in Afghanistan; a vital facility for the overburdened donkeys who worked remorselessly on the streets of Kabul.

Their vital work in Afghanistan includes animal welfare education which includes doing what we can to prevent the spread of rabies.

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Nowzad has fantastic support from animal lovers the world over, who have offered their time in promoting and funding the aims of the charity. Every donation they receive is much appreciated and makes a big impact on work for the animals with no voice but yours.

Here is the Nowzad website to learn more and perhaps make a much-needed donation.


Green Pets America Charities has been an unwavering voice for animals and a dog rescue since 2007. Our mission is USA and International rescue, education, lobbying, and facilitating USA efforts with animal rescue groups across the globe.

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