Captain was born on a base in Kuwait where she spent her days providing love and comfort to the soldiers who were looking out for her.
Captain bonded with a particular female soldier and would go out for runs with her, mastered the art of getting the tops off gatorade bottles and other crazy tricks. Sadly Captain was not popular with everyone on the base and there was some concern that she would be euthanized or run off base but Captain proved her worth one night when a pack of wild dogs surrounded a soldier and she came along and saw them all off and protected the soldier.
Mayah was an elderly former contractor working dog who had been retired and was being cared for by an Afghan family after her original owner had to return to America. In Nov 2012 Mayah came into the shelter, she had got some hip problems and her Afghan caregiver was concerned about her because he was spending time away from home with his job and did not want to leave her with anyone else.
Dashty arrived at the Nowzad shelter in 2011 with his mom and siblings. His mother, Momma Dog and his sister Pippa went on to America and Dashty and his last brother, Jack remained at the shelter.
In mid 2012 we received an email from the wife of a former soldier who had served in Iraq who was looking to adopt a dog in honour of the dog he had to leave behind in Iraq. After several months of questions going back and forth we identified Dashty as the perfect dog for the soldier and his wife.
Chase and Mario arrived at the Nowzad shelter in Nov 12 as part of a group called the Magnificent 7. The Magnificent 7 had spent their lives keeping the soldiers on a base in Southern Afghanistan company but the base was closing and the soldiers asked us for help.
Soon after receiving the request for help Chase, Mario, Hector, Lady, Fuzz, Lil Yellow and Lucky arrived at the shelter. We gave them all their vaccinations and spay/neuter etc and went to work to raise the funds to get a group of 7 dogs home to their soldiers.
Bruno and Chiara’s soldier asked for our help in Aug 2012. This was our first request from an Italian soldier.
Bruno and Chiara had been loved and cared for by Italian soldiers in Western Afghanistan for 4 years but now the base was closing and their current soldier wanted to take them home.
In Aug 2012 we received an email from a soldier who was already familiar to us having already rescued 2 other dogs, Mazar and Star. The soldier was getting ready to leave Afghanistan and just days before he was due to leave Sweetie had shown up on his base. Sweetie was heavily pregnant but this did not out her soldier off. It was believed that Sweetie was actually one of his other dog, Mazar’s original litter of pups and she was only a baby herself at around 9 months old.
Blackberry or BB as he became known arrived at the shelter in January 2012. His contractor mom had become ill and had to be evacuated out of country and he had nowhere else to go.
BB settled in with us quickly and received the shots he needed and was neutered and he soon became a huge hit in our cat room. He was full of energy and constantly played with the other cats and any visitors that came to see the shelter.
Obie had lived the life of a stray on a base in central Kabul until an American contractor saw his plight and started to take care of him.
Obie was a timid and very skittish boy but with time and patience he soon formed a bond with his contractor and quickly earned a place in her heart. His owner called us and asked for help to bring Obie into the shelter and prepare him to go home to America. The winter was approaching and she was not allowed to take Obie indoors and was very concerned he would not manage outside on his own.
Poppy and Spina arrived on a base in Southern Afghanistan in summer 2012. Both were young pups and provided many hours of fun for the contractors on the base. The base was scheduled for closure so one of the contractors contacted Nowzad and asked us if we could help him to get them to America where he would provide them both with a loving home.
In Sept 2012 Stan found his way into the heart of an American soldier in central Afghanistan. He and his soldier became attached very quickly and his soldier knew she just had to make sure he got home to America.