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;