On Sunday 19 Sept Zeus and Gabriel from Iraq took part in the Walk to Nowzad. A massive thank you to Paula, Sheila and Brian for organizing the walk and to Kim with Sid and Lisa with Lacy for walking along with them.
Each dog walked 5 miles making a total of 30 miles towards the miles walked to Nowzad!!
Also a big thank you goes out to all the people who sponsored the dogs for this event.
Walk to Nowzad Team in Baggeridge Park
Twice a year we release a newsletter so we can let everyone know how things are going. Please download the latest Nowzad newsletter below.
September 2010 Newsletter
February 2010 Newsletter
Some of you have been asking how Sandbag and Dirtbag, our very famous Iraqi rescues are doing in their new home. We have spoken to their owner, Alison and she reports that they have both settled very well.
Sandbag and Dirtbag were both enrolled in a local dog training group for the Kennel Club’s Good Citizens Bronze Award which is a ten week course for dogs and handlers. They attended to let them become associated with other dogs that weren’t a threat to them, and it was very interesting to see how they interacted with other dogs; from pugs, bull terriers to a bull mastiff (huge dog!) The course involved exercises such as sit and stay, for one minute, walk to heel, and recall. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and went on to achieve their Bronze awards. They have now enrolled on the Silver Award course.
A few week’s after this they went to a local dog show arranged by Guide Dogs for the Blind, and entered Sandbag for the class ‘Best Rescue’. The judge was wiping away tears as she announced ‘there can only be one
winner!’, and Sandbag was awarded a rosette.
We are always looking to let you know about new ways that you can help us raise funds at Nowzad and here a just 2 of ways in which you can help.
Denise from Angels to Animals has kindly offered to donate a percentage of their sales to Nowzad for any customer who picks Nowzad as their chosen charity at the time of ordering and as a special offer to Nowzad supporters Angels to Animals is also offering a 10% discount to the customer.
Please check out the Angels to Animals website here and download your 10% discount coupon here
You can also help us by logging onto the Lisa’s Hudson Valley Scents website and purchasing items from the Nowzad/PRM Fundraiser party.
Scentsy is a “wickless” candle that is a completely safe alternative to burning candles — no flame, highly scented, great home decor, and safe to use around children and pets. Warmed safely by a 25 watt light bulb instead of a flame, Scentsy’s exclusive wax bars melt down to release the fantastic fragrance over and over again. It will outlast the most fragrant and expensive flamed candles.
The fundraiser is being held at Lisa’s Scentsy website — Hudson Valley Scents which is located at www.hudsonvalleyscents.scentsy.us. Just look on the left side of the home page for the Nowzad/Puppy Rescue Mission Fundraiser and click on “Buy from Party”. This will take you to the products that are available to order. Orders must be paid for with a Credit/Debit card and will be shipped directly to the customer via UPS.
Can you help us to raise funds? If so please use the form on our Contact Us Page.
After 6 long months in quarantine Winston the dog from Iraq and Lola the dog from Afghan have recently been released from quarantine and are now settling into their new homes. We hope to see some new pictures if Winston and Lola living the good life soon.
Dori the 3 legged cat from Iraq has been home for a while now but all did not run smoothly and Dori did not settle at all well with the other cat in the household so her owner had to re home her but she has contacted us recently to let us know that Dori is having the time of her life and send us some more pictures.
Dori loving Life!
We have also had a recent update from the lady who first rescued Mish Mish Yeti the kitten from Iraq. We assisted Suzanne in sending Mish Mish Yeti back to the US but Suzanne was not able to keep her as she worked in Iraq so she was sent to live with a new family. Unfortunately, Suzanne was not given details of Mish Mish Yeti’s family so was not aware of how she had settled until recently when by a stroke of luck Suzanne found a blog about Mish Mish Yeti and was able to get in touch with her new family. Her new family reports she is doing really well and sent us some pictures of her in her new home.
Mish Mish Yeti
It is still as busy as ever here at Nowzad! We want to keep you, our supporters up to date on how things are going and where you much appreciated donations are going to so here is an update of where we are at…
We are expecting to see 2 new rescues, Tali and Babur at the Afghan Rescue any day now. They belong to American Soldiers in Southern Afghan and will be sent home to the USA as soon as we receive them. Keep checking back for more updates on these 2.
Tali & Babur
We have also recently taken Claire onto our rescue list. Claire belongs to a soldier who was originally going to be adopting a lovely dog called Bella, sadly Bella was killed in action a few weeks ago so her soldier has now decided to give Bella’s best friend, Claire the chance of a long happy life in the USA. We are hoping to receive Claire at the Afghan Rescue in the next few weeks.
An extremely sweet pup called ‘Fudge’ also came onto our rescue list just about 10 days ago. We were in the planning stages of trying to get Fudge form Southern Afghanistan when we received a message from her owner that sadly she was killed in action whilst out on patrol with her owner. RIP Fudge, we are sorry we could not get to you in time sweet puppy. When things like this happen it breaks our hearts but we will never give up on what we are trying to achieve and sadly Fudge was not the first one we have lost in action and it is likely she will not be the last but with your support we will continue to do what we do to make a better place for the animals of Afghan and Iraq.
Dexter is a cheeky faced little pup who has been taken in by a Royal Marine in Souther Afghan. He is a tiny chap with a cheeky face. We are currently arranging with his owner to have him brought up to our rescue so we can then send him back to his forever home in the UK. Dexter has a Facebook page here
We also have Patches now on our list. Patches lives with one of our other rescues, Sheba so we are currently arranging for them to be brought to us so we can get them to the USA.
The rescues of Fifa the cat, RPG & Santa, Lucy, Brin, Spin and Dave are all still at various stages of the process and we hope to have good news on all of them shortly.
Following a massively busy few weeks here at Nowzad we are pleased to be able to confirm that 3 more of our rescues have now made it home! Lucky who also became known as Very Lucky finally made her long journey to the US where she is currently waiting for a flight to her final home, a big thank you to everyone who pulled together to raise the funds we needed to send Lucky home, and Dutch made it safely to the US just this morning. Hera, who was rescued by British Soldiers in Southern Afghan is now settled into quarantine in the UK. A huge thank you goes out to Graham at this time for taking part in a half Marathon in aid of Hera and raising a massive £400. Well done and thank you Graham!
Very Lucky in the USA
Dutch checking out the Pool
As you know the logistics of getting the animals moved to the Afghan shelter are difficult to say the least and we would like to convey a massive thank you to Craig, Steve, Andy and all the team at CADG for assisting with the logistics of moving Brin and Hera to the shelter, with their assistance the dogs’ journey to the shelter was completely hitch free which is not always the case!!
Each of the dogs will now be given their own “Rescue” page on the website so please check those out in the ‘Our Rescues’ Section for further information on each of their stories.
We also now have a sweet dog called Brin in our care. Brin is another dog adopted by British Soldiers in Afghanistan and he is looking to be leaving Afghan to head to the UK and his stay in quarantine before he heads to his forever home very soon.
Sadly, we do not just bring good news with this update. You all remember Sasha who was going to be adopted by a solider in the US and given a loving forever home? Well, sadly a few weeks ago Sasha contracted Distemper and although she did appear to be getting better she took a turn for the worse during her recovery and sadly she lost her fight for life on 30 August. Her care giver in Afghan did everything possible to try and save her but her little body was just too ravaged by this awful disease and she was just too weak to fight any more. RIP Sasha.
As you know we like to keep you updated on how the dogs that have been rescued are getting on in their new homes. Well, for the first time ever a couple of weeks ago Louise and two of the Iraq Rescues, Zeus and Gabriel, got to meet one of our Afghan Rescues, Kilo, with her owners Sue and Mike.
It is the very first time any of our rescues from different countries have met and the meeting went very well. Kilo is a very proper and quiet well behaved girl but Zeus and Gabriel are not quite as well behaved! Although we were unable to let to dogs runs together in the field they did get a nice long walk together and they sat very nicely whilst the owners had lunch and they all posed very nicely for photographs after (although I suspect the perfect behaviour may have been down to the enormous amount of homemade liver fudge they manage to get through between them!)
It is always nice when we can get our rescues together and swap stories about how they are getting on in their new lives away from Afghanistan and Iraq and it was a real pleasure to meet with Sue and Mike who are Kilo’s owners as well as meeting the lovely Kilo herself so a big thank you to them for bringing her along. Also a big thank you to Jinni Hugill who very kindly gave up her time to take some lovely photographs of the dogs for us.
Here are a couple of the pictures from the day.
Gabriel, Zeus and Kilo
Some of you may have seen a story in The Scottish Sun a few weeks ago about a young pup called Hera? Well, the Nowzad Team is happy to tell you all that Hera reached the Afghan Rescue safely and we are hoping to have her home in the very near future.
As well as Hera, we also have Very Lucky and Sasha at the Afghan Rescue and have an ever growing list of requests for help.
Very Lucky & Sasha
Currently we have a list of rescues that is getting bigger on a daily basis. We are currently trying to arrange transport for Brin, Dave, Lucy, Fifa, Sheba, RPG & Santa’s Little Helper, Spin, Dutch and USMC Cat. Most of the requests we currently have are in the Southern areas of Afghanistan and many of them are in areas that are Taliban held territory so it is extremely dangerous for us to go in and collect these animals which means there is no guarantee we can get to them in time but we will do everything we can to ensure the safety of all these animals. We also had on our list of rescues a lovely young pup called Bella but sadly whilst we were making arrangements to collect her, Bella went off camp and was killed.
At this stage we are unable to give much detail about some of these animals but we will keep you updated as the missions to get them to safety progress.
RPG & Santa
Bella – RIP
Very Lucky & Sasha
Some of the animals on the current rescue lists have their own Facebook Pages, please join for further information and updates
Dave can be found on Facebook here
Fifa can be found on Facebook here