Dogs of War

Often in the middle of warzones soldiers come across stray dogs who provide comfort in a time of need. This is exactly what happened to Royal Marine Sergeant Pen Farthing who quickly realised that it wasn’t only local people in that needed help in Afghanistan.

In 2007 he set up an animal shelter and charity called Nowzad near Kabul and when he left the army he dedicated himself fulltime to improving the welfare of animals in Afghanistan. He has also helped over 800 soldiers serving in Afghanistan to be reunited with the dogs that they loved in their home countries.

Nowzad is the only official dog shelter for strays in Afghanistan and in their ‘Conrad Lewis’ clinic Afghan nationals treat injured or ill Afghan animals. They make a huge effort to rehome dogs locally but there are still many who would love to find a forever home in the west.

Their next owners need to be patient with their territorial nature and give them all the love they had denied in early life. It’s a lengthy and costly process but undeniably rewarding. Nowzad would love to hear from anyone who is interested in adopting a dog from them. Please follow the link below for more information-