A busy time has been had by all at Nowzad over Christmas and New Year! We saw our first ever Christmas Day rescue, Mahla a gorgeous female pup arrived safely at the Nowzad Rescue Centre early on Christmas morning following a long, dangerous trip. Mahla is now settling well at the centre where she will be cared for until we can raise the funds to send her home.
Ally, Nikita and Spirit all continue to do well at the centre and are now waiting to be joined by some of the other rescues we have received requests for over the Christmas period.
We currently have a whopping 13 rescues waiting to come into the centre and there are lots more in the pipeline.
To try and help raise the money we need to send all these animals home to their soldiers we have launched the ‘Nowzad New Year Challenge’ and we hope to be able to raise the $25,000 needed pretty quickly. Please consider donating to this challenge by clicking on the Chipin Link below, we need all the help we can get so these fur babies can go home! Please also cross post of Facebook and all of the other social networking sites you may me members of.
To donate towards Mahla, Kuchnai, Daft, Jack G, Cristo, Pablo, Brown Stuff, Cartman, Charlie, Chubbs, Ally, Nikita & Spirit please follow the Chipin Link below
Cristo & Pablo
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When John Steele decided on a name for his Afghan rescue German shepherd mix puppy Kaiah in September, he merged two distinct and contrasting components — the site of the first base (Kabul) he frequented in the mountainous, war-torn Southcentral Asian country with the a Hawaiian name (Native American origin) meaning “rare beauty.”
With less than a week left until Christmas the rescues are still coming in thick and fast and we have seen the arrival of Nikita and Spirit at the Nowzad Rescue Centre in the last week.
Spirit and Nikita have come from the same base as the Gimpy Gang and both were in danger of being killed on the base so we once again jumped into action and they are now at the safety of the rescue centre where they are now making themselves at home until it is time to send them to the USA to their soldiers.
We also love to keep you updated on the rescues that have made it home and below are some great pics of some of the recent UK and USA arrivals settling in at home.
Chemo & Tricks
Lucy playing in the snow.
Ally is still enjoying herself at the rescue centre, she is best friends with Maggie the mad Labrador.
Christmas is approaching and we would like to now take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us through what has been an incredible year. We are busier than ever before and this year we have performed more rescues than ever before and they continue to come in thick and fast but we simply could not do this without you supporting us.
All the staff and dogs, cats and donkeys at Nowzad would like to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
We have also received this fab Christmas picture from Dutch who was one of our rescues this year ! Please do upload pictures of your four legged friends to the Nowzad Pals Page, we love to see pictures of everyone’s pets.
Geoff and Ann attended a Concert at RAF Cranwell given by the Band of the RAF College. Although they didn’t collect much as people went in to the concert or the interval they were very generous in giving donations as they left. (It did help when an Officer suggested a couple of ATC stand by the exit doors with buckets to collect small change!) They raised another staggering amount of £368.30p. Nowzad Dogs would like to thank the Station Commander of RAF Cranwell for allowing them to collect, also Mr Tony Crossman the organiser for putting us forward to the committee but a special thank you goes to Junior Technician Cara Palmer who instigated Geoff and Ann’s attendance.
A special thanks also goes out to Carla Cross who took part in the Challenge Scotland Edinburgh Christmas Walk on 5 Dec in aid of Nowzad. Carlas is still collecting her sponsorship money but we think she has raised around £300. WELL DONE CARLA!!!
Please do contact us if you have a fundraising idea!!
It has been as busy as ever since our last update and in the last few weeks we have seen Chemo, Tricks, Libby, BLT, Kujo and Calliou all make it home to the USA and Canada and they are all now in the process of being reunited with their soldiers.
We have seen the arrival of Ally who was adopted by a contractor in a remote area of Afghanistan, Ally is a quiet young girl who desperately wants to go home to her soldier so we are working hard to get her home to the USA as soon as we can.
We have also taken in Maggie this last week, Maggies owner is currently in the middle of a move and has asked us to take care of her for a while until he has his new accommodation sorted out. Maggie will go back to her owner shortly but she will definitely be a Nowzad Rescue when her owner decides he is going home to the USA!
We still have several other rescues in the pipeline and the requests are still coming in thick and fast so please do keep checking back on the website and Nowzad Facebook page for further updates.
As you may be aware we are also caring for a couple of donkeys up at the Nowzad Rescue Centre and on a recent visit Louise went for a walk with the donkeys and almost had her coffee stolen by one of them!!
Geoff and Ann have braved the freezing weather to raise money for Nowzad again, at the Grantham Xmas Market – the temperature did manage to rise to a staggering zero degrees!! They were ably assisted by Tracey, Laura, Liz, Tom. Kayleigh, Ruth & Howard which meant everybody had an opportunity to escape from the stall manning duties to warm up at some point! With their Nowzad merchandise, Tombola and a Kiddies Xmas lucky dip on the go and sheer enthusiasm to make a difference for the animals of Afghanistan they managed to raise a whopping £378.04. Fantastic stuff from this superb fund raising team!
If you think you can help by holding an event please contact us.