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Dr Mariam & Sharif

Sharif – our new arrival

‘Sharif’ as she has been named was found by local Afghans at the popular ‘Sakhi Shrine’ in Mazar-e-Sharif in a very bad state more or less about to give up and die. But thankfully Nowzad is gaining a very good reputation in Afghanistan and a message was passed to us about a dog that desperately needed our help.


Without a moment’s hesitation our amazing Afghan team at the Nowzad clinic jumped into action and arranged to have the poor mite transported to our clinic in Kabul arriving less than 24 hours later.

Her condition was worse that we had feared, immediately realising that she had a strand of old rope that at one time had probably been used as a lead when she was a pup; now embedded in her neck. And that was on top of the very severe case of mange she was suffering from.


Sharif is now safeSharif is now safe and being treated and cared for at the Nowzad ‘Conrad Lewis’ small animal clinic. She is slowly responding to the gentle and caring attention of our Afghan staff. We will keep you updated.
Do you want to help Sharif and the hundreds of others like her that pass through the Nowzad clinic? Then please help us by donating towards the running of the clinic today. Your donation WILL make a difference for dogs like Sharif.

Thank you

Nowzad Snowdon 2016

Snowdon Challenge 2016


Would you consider trekking to the top of Mount Snowdon in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in North Wales on the 3rd September 2016?

At a height of 1085m it is no ‘walk in the park’ (excuse the pun). But a serious undertaking as the weather, personal fitness and mountain environment are all serious factors to be considered!

Why trek to the summit?

Well for a start there is (subject to Welsh weather) normally a glorious view and of course the world famous Snowdon café. The Snowdon light railway goes to the summit too but that would be cheating. This event is all about challenging ourselves and raising money for the work of Nowzad Dogs in Afghanistan. What better way to raise money than digging deep and pushing yourself to reach the top! (But please do save some energy so you can get back down too!).

So what is the plan?

Friday 2nd September: For those who can make it we will all meet for a pre-trek ‘drink’ in Tyn Y Coed near Capel Curig around 7pm; (our base for the duration of the weekend) to get to meet other members of the group, hand out exclusive ‘Nowzad Snowdon challenge’ Tee shirts and discuss any last minutes changes to the plan.

Saturday 3rd September: 08.30 we will meet at the layby next to the Tyn Y Coed pub to sort out shuttles. (You are required to pay for parking along most laybys in Snowdonia – bring plenty of one pound coins!).

This year we will be taking the Rhyd Ddu Path path to the summit and then down the PYG track to Pen Y Pass. All will be explained in more detail at a later date.

However you should plan on being able to trek 800m+ in height gain over a distance of five miles before sharply descending to the finish point at the Tyn Y Coed pub. We expect we will be trekking for around 8 hours or so.

Saturday 3rd September evening: Retire to Tyn Y Coed to bask in the glow of a successful summit bid to enjoy a few pints, hearty meal and listen to an update on the work of Nowzad Dogs in Afghanistan presented by Pen Farthing before the now world famous after Snowdon quiz night begins!

Safety on the mountain:

You will not be on your own at any time! The organiser ‘Pen’ is an extremely experienced and qualified mountaineering instructor and he is extremely grateful to The AdventureFitness Company for supporting us with qualified and experienced mountaineering instructors who have given up their time to accompany us during this event to ensure you have a safe and very enjoyable weekend!

So what equipment do I need?

The summit of Snowdon can be a very remote and hostile environment should the weather turn for the worse. You must come prepared for the mountains. The following is a MUST.

Decent waterproof jacket and trousers (not a pac-a-mac!), lightweight walking trousers and top, walking fleece, (spare thick fleece for emergencies or breaks), decent warm hat and gloves, thick walking socks (plus spare pair) and of course decent walking boots that have been broken in during your training walks!! Flask of hot tea, bottled water, snacks and a hearty packed lunch. There is a café at the summit but it is expensive and not a certain it will be open! You will also need camera (fully charged and mobile phone but all waterproofed!). If you need to buy new equipment and are unsure of the suitability then please email here with the link for the product for some sound mountain advice in return!

You may bring your dog BUT they must be able to walk the distance, have their own food/ water carried for them and have access to a dog coat or towel should the weather turn nasty. We have known -10C on top of Snowdon in JUNE!!!!!

So what do I have to do to take part?

Please complete a registration form and along with your registration fee of just £20 commit to raising £150 in sponsorship either via the old fashioned way of paper sponsor forms or via Just Giving and social media. Please use the #NowzadSnowdon on everything you post! And then of course you have to get some training miles in…!! Enjoy and I look forward to seeing you in September. Full details of the event will be sent out during May for those have registered.


Brilliant donation from 353

It was great to be invited to the Rugby4Heroes event recently hosted by a fabulous group of folks raising money for military charities.

We were privileged to be the guests of Tony and Sandi Lewis, founders of 353, a charity that was formed to ‘get busy living’ raising funds for military charities in memory of their son Private Conrad Lewis of the British Parachute Regiment who was killed in action in Helmand Province in 2011.

Nowzad and the Lewis family are connected by so much more than our combined passion to make a difference for good in the world from appalling circumstances. Conrad was looking after a stray Afghan dog that he had named Peg whilst on the frontlines in Afghanistan and just days after his tragic death we were called into action by Tony to rescue Peg from the harsh environment of Helmand to travel to a now guaranteed forever homeTony Dr Hadi, Maliha and Mariam with the Lewis family. It was touch and go at times but after being smuggled onto a military helo to Kabul and a short stay at the Nowzad shelter (alongside our very own Wylie) Peg made it to the safety of Warwick and the Lewis family home.

Tony has even travelled to Kabul as part of a wider BBC trip to visit the country his son paid the ultimate price to serve in. Warning; you will need a tissue and whilst there, Tony took the opportunity to visit the Nowzad Conrad Lewis small animal clinic that we named after his son due the compassion Conrad had shown whilst serving his country in taking the time to befriend and look after, little peg.

We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £10,000 raised by the amazing volunteers at 353 to help us continue our work in reuniting soldiers with the companion animals that have befriended them on the front lines in war zones whilst also promoting animal welfare through our Afghan led Conrad Lewis Small Animal Clinic.

We cannot say thank you enough to all at 353 – thank you so much. Your support is truly appreciated.

Working donkey

Fabulous ‘Animal Aid Abroad’ support

We are never more inspired then when we see the hard work our supporters do to make a difference for animals in a country thousands of miles away from them, animals they will most likely never meet.

And the crew at Animals Aid Abroad in Australia have done us proud. All of us here at Nowzad are so grateful for the huge amount of support they have given us.

In Afghanistan the working donkey is vital to carry supplies (water, food and building supplies) to the many outlying villages, including most of Kabul’s surrounding urban areas. The donkeys are overworked and many years of conflict have left a limited knowledge base of animal welfare regarding the needs of donkeys. Animal Aid Abroad has teamed up with us here at Nowzad to run a 6-month program of ‘pop-up’ roadside workshops, using qualified vets and farriers to provide vaccinations and hoof repairs, and educate Afghan Muleteers about the importance of basic health checks, feeding, husbandry and care of their animal.

Donkey KUCHINowzad will also provide animal handling training for veterinarian students at Kabul University. Australian Ethical has provided an AUS$20,000 grant to Animal Aid Abroad to allow our new project in Afghanistan to hit the ground

AAA-LOGO NEW - jpeg (3)This is an amazing level of support and we want to thank Janet and the team for their determination and compassion to make a difference in Afghanistan. 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).


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.




Pen Farthing 2014 CNN Hero!

We have some HUGE news that we are so excited to share with you!


A rather shocked pen receives his 2014 CNN Hero award from the one and only Anderson Cooper. Thank you to all of you who tirelessly voted for Pen to win the 2014 CNN Hero award at a star studded event in New York City. We are all so proud and absolutely overwhelmed at the win!

Thank you!

And there is more good news – Subaru (sponsors of the CNN Hero programme) have pledged to match all donations up to a maximum of $5000 to all those who donate via the Amazon donation link until the 31st December 2014;

Pen says; “To be in the top ten was a huge honour. The other nine Heroes are amazing people and are changing lives for the better. But for me to actually be named as 2014 CNN Hero is just mind blowing – thank you, thank you to everyone who believes in what we are doing for the animals of Afghanistan with no voice but ours. This award allows us to sleep at night knowing that the future of Nowzad and all the animals with no voice but ours in Afghanistan will be secured for just that little bit longer. Thank you so much”.

You can watch CNN’s brilliant video of our work that they produced for Pen’s nomination and their announcement of Pen’s win;

Thank you everybody and please remember to donate via the Amazon link!