Friday, 21 November 2014
Sofia's Selection 3
I've selected this post about NOWZAD, the abandoned dog brought back from Afghanistan by Pen Farthing because, sadly, Nowzad died earlier this year but the charity continues. The work begun with him and in his name carries on saving animals from war-torn situations.
Remember when I was at the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in November I exhibited at a craft fair? Yes, I know we have had Christmas since then but...
Well, the proceeds from the fair were for Nowzad. I had no idea what it was but I saw a paw print on the information so guessed it was something to do with animals. Then John Messenger gave me all the details and I was hooked!
Nowzad is a registered charity for rescuing stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan and Iraq. It started in 2007 when Sergeant Pen Farthing broke up a dog fight outside his compound at Nowzad in Afghanistan. One of the dogs looked at him with such pitiful pleading eyes that Pen could not send him away. Instead, he adopted him as his animal companion and named him Nowzad. Pen became aware of all the strays left on the streets and dogs that had become companions and morale boosters to the troops but were left behind when the soldiers returned home after tours of duty. There was no way he was going to leave Nowzad behind.
Since the early days, the charity has managed to build a Nowzad Animal Shelter which is the first official animal shelter in Afghanistan. It can accommodate 60 dogs and 10 cats in the purpose built cattery. The dogs arrive there from various sources; soldiers companion animals waiting for travel to the UK or US, soldiers companion animals that have been abandoned at the shelter, injured street dogs that have found their way to the shelter via friendly Afghans or ex-pats or simply abandoned pups.
The shelter offers protection from the elements and the cruel life on the streets. The animals are fed one meal daily and are vaccinated on arrival against parvo, rabies and distemper; they are also treated for fleas, ticks and worms. The shelter employs a staff of 10. It receives no grant funding but relies entirely on public donations.
It has just started a new adoption programme of matching Nowzad dogs with Afghan families who are looking for pets.
Information about the charity and what you can do to help can be found at www.nowzad.com
They are collecting old but clean bras, stamp and coins which they recycle for cash. They are looking for volunteers to form a 'Friends of Nowzad' support group locally where they live and to organise fund raising events. (All information taken from Newsletter 2012)
Pen Farthing has written two books telling the 'tail' of Nowzad, One Dog at a Time, and No Place like Home. Autographed copies may be obtained from the Torbay Bookshop, www.torbaybookshop.co.uk tel: 01803522011. My copies have just arrived and I can't wait to start reading them.
It is January, last week I talked about 'Firsts' and suggested you make 2013 a year of 'firsts'. If not all ready active in some form of fund raising or charity work, how about making it a 'first'? Start helping Nowzad or another charity?
Have a great week, whatever you decide to do.
Such sad news but his life was not in vain. many others have been saved as a result of Nowzad.
Love You Forever, Sofia xxxxx