Your chance to rescue the REAL dogs of war: Pets saved from battlegrounds of Afghanistan that now need good homes
They are the real dogs of war saved from the battlegrounds and
dust-caked streets of Afghanistan for adoption in Britain and around the
Some have been befriended by British soldiers on remote
bases of troubled Helmand province, some rescued from rubbish tips or
the rabies-threatened streets of Afghan cities and some smuggled through
Taliban held-territory to the safety of the capital Kabul.
All will be treated and found homes – many of them in the UK – thanks
to two remarkable British dog lovers, former Royal Marine Sergeant Pen
Farthing and one-time soldier Louise Hastie - and the UK-registered
animal charity Nowzad based in a suburb of the sprawling city.
It helps dozens of soldiers, aid workers and diplomats who befriend dogs
during their deployments to Afghanistan take them home as pets with the
backing of animal lovers in Britain and around the world who have
provided hundreds of thousands of pounds in support.
special bond can build between a soldier and dog in the most intense,
dangerous and difficult of conditions,’ said Louise, 40, from
‘They are thousands of miles from home, people
are shooting at them and they can become lonely – 10 minutes a day
stroking or talking to a dog relieves stress, it is a medically proven
‘The dogs walk around the base areas and are befriended
by the soldiers, the dogs have never known kindness and a special bond
develops. It becomes very difficult to leave behind an animal that has
become a friend.
‘There have even been a number of instances
where the dogs have saved the lives of the soldiers by alerting them to
an insurgent presence and explosives, there are real bonds built which
the soldiers don’t want to break.’
He added : ‘We're seeing
more soldier rescues than ever before. When you're being shot at by the
Taliban every day, dogs give you that little bit of normality.’
Yesterday Louise was preparing for the return of eight month old
Chegwin and Tamera to the UK so the bond with the soldier that had found
them scavenging as puppies and rescued them from Afghan soldiers thrown
stones before becoming ‘smitten’ by a ‘ball of muck and matted fur’ and
adopting them on their base can continue in the UK.
in Britain on leave, the soldier had realised he had ‘wanted to bring
the dogs home with me…I missed then too much’ – something Louise says
‘People realise they can’t leave the dogs behind, they have shared something special together and they don’t want it to end.’