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Newsletter 2015

The Nowzad 2015 Newsletter is available to download here (2015 Nowzad Newsletter UK) as a PDF. Find out all about our latest achievements in Afghanistan which have all been made possible with your fabulous support! Dog 01

If you can help to promote the work of Nowzad in Afghanistan by handing out hard copies of the newsletter (maybe at your local vets or library?) then please email the office with your name and address and how many copies of the newsletter you require. Thank you!


A charity update from Pen

Thanks to the amazing dedication and generosity of our Nowzad family of supporters we have achieved so much in Afghanistan over the last 12 months. It truly has been a remarkable year as we have pushed forward with rescuing companion animals for soldiers and contractors, (over 800 at the last count!!) promoting practical animal welfare education to trainee Afghan vets and expanding our rabies vaccination programmes.

And because of all that we have had to make a change to who we are! The charity was named after the dogs that I and the lads of Kilo Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines first rescued from the war torn town of Nowzad deep in Helmand Province. And at first, our name Nowzad Dogs and our logo really reflected what we were about. In fact, it was a Royal Marine called Daz, who first designed the logo of the dog sat against the backdrop of a setting sun from a tent in Camp Bastion during a break from patrols.

Rescuing stray dogs that had been adopted by soldiers serving on the front lines in Afghanistan, since we started in 2007, has meant over 800 companion animals, dogs and cats, have been successfully reunited with their compassionate and heroic soldiers to countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, Spain, Holland, Germany, Australia and Italy. But that was our dilemma. It wasn’t just dogs anymore.

Now with our animal clinic in Kabul and your marvellous support we have helped treat and rescue where required; dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, rabbits, doves, buzzards, tortoises and chickens (to name just a few!). So it was time for us to change our name to simply; NOWZAD and adopt a new logo that accurately describes the work we do for all animals with no voice but ours.

Officially in August Nowzad Dogs in the UK became the Nowzad charity. We will start the process to change our name in the USA at the beginning of 2016, (the UK application process was enough for one year..).

Together we have demonstrated what can be achieved with hard work, a dedicated team and bloody brilliant supporters in a country stricken by war and poverty.

Don’t think that because western troops are leaving Afghanistan as their combat mission draws to a close that Nowzad will leave too. Far from it. Our mission is far from over and we have so much still to achieve.

Taking a breather now would be too easy. If we want to continue to make a difference and have a more positive impact on even more animals lives then we pick up the pace. And I know you are going to do what you can to make that difference for an animal in Afghanistan.

Thank you for your continued support – all of us here at Nowzad appreciate it.

Yours in animal rescue;

Pen F


Nowzad Poppy Badge

In the theatre of war there are many forgotten victims – least of all the animals

From the valiant horses and mules who carried medical supplies, food, water and ammunition in the trenches, to the intrepid messenger pigeons and the gas detecting canaries. Animals have always been a courageous and esteemed comrade to man in times of war.

Operating in Afghanistan, the Nowzad charity knows only too well how human conflict can cause so much pain to a creature whose only fault is to be born in the wrong place. It is a grueling life for an animal in a war zone and often the struggle to merely survive is lost.

We will honour them all. 

Through remembering the fallen we can make a difference to the future. We will change the course of animal welfare in war zones that desperately need Nowzad’s help and support, providing education in the local communities and vital medical assistance. By reuniting those animals that have given our soldiers much needed companionship during the horrors of a tour of duty. Cats and dogs like Nowzad, the original stray dog that adopted charity Founder ‘Sergeant Pen Farthing’ whilst he was serving in Afghanistan in 2006 and the hundreds of other animals we have helped ever since.Pup Pic

We are pleased to announce that the Nowzad charity has launched the ‘Nowzad Poppy’ which we hope will be worn alongside your British Legion Poppy, to remember the animals of war that had no choice.

This year we have issued a special edition enamel Nowzad Poppy badge, copper in colour, this unique 3 leafed poppy with a white dog paw at its centre as a fitting tribute to the forgotten animals of war.

Available to purchase HERE direct from the Nowzad online store

*Each year the Nowzad Poppy will be on sale from October until Remembrance Day (11th November).


Nowzad Celebration Night

Join us for a fantastic night of celebration and a chance to get together with fellow Nowzad supporters ahead of the festive season!

Saturday November 28th at the Brook Street Community Centre, Tipton, West Midlands.

Price is £20.00 per person which includes food.

If you would like to attend the Nowzad Celebration Night and wish to reserve your place payment can be sent via PayPal to

Please note that due to increased requests to bring dogs along, we must now limit dog places to Nowzad rescues only.

To keep up to date with the latest events news for the night please visit the FB page below.



A note from Nowzad

The Nowzad Dogs charity commends the Dogs Trust for highlighting the lapse checks that could potentially allow an unvaccinated companion animal into the UK;

We would like to take this opportunity to reassure our supporters that Nowzad Dogs follows the strictest DEFRA guidelines and procedures for our rescued companion and adopted animals that enter the UK. All our animals are blooded tested by the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency prior to arrival in the UK and quarantined as required.

All of us here at Nowzad Dogs are 100% aware of the dangers of unvaccinated animals and the potential for the spread of disease which is why all animals entering the Nowzad clinic in Kabul are vaccinated immediately against rabies, parvo, distemper, flea and tick treated and dewormed.

We are passionate about improving the welfare of animals through education and training in Afghanistan and that means we practice what we preach. Our veterinary team in Kabul is trained to the highest level by western volunteer vets who continually monitor and assess our practicable application of disease control.

Your donations continue to make a positive difference for the animal of Afghanistan with no voice but ours and we thank you all for the amazing support you give the Nowzad Dogs charity.




Nowzad Stand at the Dogs Trust & RSPCA Fun Days

Nowzad Dogs will be having a stand at the following Dogs Trust and RSPCA Fun Days. There will be a lot to see at all four events including dog shows along with lots of charity and trade stalls. If you are attending any of the open days below please be sure to pass by the Nowzad stand and say hello!

Sunday 14th June 11am – 4pm. Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5NJ

Sunday July 5th 11am – 4pm. Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton Nr Warwick, CV35 8XA

Sunday 28th June 12 – 4pm. The Copswood Sports and Social Club, Allard Way, Coventry, CV3 1JP

Sunday July 26th 11am – 4pm. Turnpost Farm,  East Road, Wymeswold, LE12 6SU

Supporters Event

Summer Walk for Nowzad

Join this years ‘Summer Walk for Nowzad’ event taking place in the beautiful setting of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex on Sunday 19th July. Have the chance to meet some of our wonderful Nowzad rescues whilst helping to raise vital funds for the charities work in Afghanistan.

For more information or to join the walk please see the poster below for full details.

Summer Walk for Nowzad


River Wye Swim 2015

The fantastic people at Monmouth School Sports Club are organising their second unique swim event taking place in the beautiful River Wye with all funds raised being donated to Nowzad Dogs!

Last year saw an amazing 70 participants take part in the 1k and 2k swim and this year the Monmouth School Sports Club hope to have even more! All adult swimmers are able to take part whether you are competitive, swimming for pleasure, looking for a sense of achievement or just want to try something different.

For more information or to sign up to take part in the 2015 River Wye Swim please download the registration form below.

River Wye Swim 2015

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JBad Challenge 2015

Introduction: Finding JBad just added a further burning passion to the already stoked desire to JBadChallenge patch 2.1make a difference in Afghanistan for the animals with no voice but ours. If you are unfamiliar with JBad’s story please click here. The JBad Challenge 2015 is going to be YOUR way of raising funds to make a difference whilst challenging yourself and I hope having fun in the process! For everybody who raises the minimum £250 and completes their challenge you will be awarded the limited ‘JBadChallenge’ Patch.

You have to earn it!

So what do I have to do to get this challenge on? Think of a challenge you have always wanted to do (making sure it is legal and safe!) and then register your intent with us, create a JUSTGIVING fundraising page and make a difference!

Maybe you have always fancied climbing to the top of Mount Snowdon or cycling the length of the UK? Or it could be that you would like to lose a few pounds in preparation for that summer beach holiday? The possibilities are endless. All we ask is that it is a challenge to you personally.

Pen Farthing, Nowzad founder and former Royal Marine is kicking off the JBadChallenge by challenging himself to run from the Nowzad animal shelter on the outskirts of Kabul to the Nowzad small animal clinic in the middle of Kabul. A total distance of around 8 miles but not something you normally see a westerner undertaking! Check out his JustGiving page here

How much is registration? For just £20 (non-refundable) to register you will receive an exclusive JBad Challenge tee shirt and after the event, if successful, you will receive your JBadChallenge Patch and a certificate of achievement! If you send us a short ‘story’ about your challenge and a photo you will be published on our website!

Safety: Whilst we truly care about you sadly here at Nowzad Dogs we are unable to provide insurance for your crazy JBadChallenge. So if required please consider taking out your own personal accident insurance and liability cover if others may be involved. Please do NOT challenge JBadChallenge patchyourself to an impossible challenge that may result in serious injury or death! A challenge yes, BUT fun and enjoyable is the way forward!!

Media: Tell your local newspaper what you are doing and who it is for and most importantly WHY you want to do it! Please kick the heck out of social media and always use the #jbadchallenge and @nowzad GOOD LUCK!!

Challenge accepted!

All the best


To take part in the JBad Challenge and for a registration form please click here


Walk to Now Zad 2015

Each year we set the challenge of walking the distance from the UK to Now Zad, Afghanistan collectively! A whooping total of over 3,000 miles to raise vital funds and awareness for Nowzad Dogs. Thanks to all our supporters who kindly took part last year we raised a fantastic £1,938.00 for the animals at the Nowzad shelter.

Your can organise your own ‘Walk to Nowzad’ campaign anytime during the period 7th-15th March 2015 – a simple registration fee ensures you receive a ‘Walk to Nowzad’ tee shirt and all the details you require to organise a successful walk!

Everyone can get involved and take part and the distance you choose to walk can be totally up toWalk to Nowzad you. Whether you choose to take part with just family and friends or make a day of it and get the whole community involved, the choice is yours! Every penny raised, however big or small, helps us continue our vital work in Afghanistan.

The sponsored dog walk is open to everyone, including people without dogs, so if you have any friends or family who might like to take part please let them know about the event.

So why not get your walking shoes on, dog leads at the ready and help us make a difference for the strays of Afghanistan.

Please register your interest by sending an email to today!