About Us

Nowzad Dogs - Pen Farthing

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

The Royal Marines soon realised 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.

Breaking up an organised dog fight that was taking place right outside their remote compound, Pen never realised that one of those fighting dogs would then befriend him. The Royal Marine couldn’t say no to those big sad eyes and the now very former fighting dog became the Royal Marines four legged buddy and got a 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 helped to promote and fund the running of the Nowzad Dogs charity which was formed in May 2007.

Nowzad is a registered charity in England & Wales – number 1119185 overseen by a board of trustees and we are a registered 501c3 non-profit in the state of Illinois, USA overseen by a board of directors.

Nowzad operates the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan located just outside of Kabul and supported by a small animal clinic headed up by a team of Afghan nationals.

Our mailing list of supporters is increasing daily and the charity has had fantastic assistance from animal lovers the world over, who have offered their time in promoting and funding the aims of the charity.

Please take a look around the Nowzad website for details of all our projects and ways you can help to make a difference to the animals of Afghanistan.

  1. Our mission in Afghanistan

  2. The Nowzad Dogs Animal Shelter

  3. Our Animal Clinic