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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!


SPS Pound for a Hound

In September 2014 the Scottish Prison Service Dog Handlers and their working dogs walked a fantastic 180 miles between them around HMP Glenochil! The SPS Pound for a Hound charity walk was organised with the aim of helping to raise the funds needed to reunite a soldier with their companion animal rescue.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU from all of us here at the charity to Jackie and all the SPS Dog Handlers for raising an incredible £4,812.00 for Nowzad and for organising the walk in aid of the charity!



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Christmas Store & Nowzad Newsletter

Dear Nowzad Supporter;

Finally we can send out the Nowzad Dogs newsletter 2014. For all of us involved it has been a very busy year which has seen us expand our Afghan staff to cater for the growing demand for fully trained vets to deliver animal welfare on the streets of a country slowly turning the corner after holding a very long winded but successful Presidential election. Our staff have worked hard to treat every animal brought to the Nowzad clinic including companion animals like poor Whitey. We are immensely proud of what they have achieved in promoting animal welfare in Afghanistan.

One of our rescued dogs ‘Wylie’ won Scruffts earlier in the year, the world’s premier crossbreed competition and we are really chuffed to tell you he now has his own book for sale (signed copies) direct from our Nowzad store! Please note all orders placed now outside of the UK may not reach you in time for Christmas.

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We do hope you enjoy reading the Nowzad Dogs newsletter which can be found below and remember our online shop is now up and running with new merchandise for Christmas!

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Nowzad Newsletter 2014

All the best

The Nowzad Team!


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!