Category Archives: Iraq Animals



You may remember a rescue we did last year, a cat called Trouble from Iraq?

Well, Trouble had a brother called Tom and her owner has now decided he wants to take Tom home to live with Trouble in the US.

Tom, is almost identical to Trouble so there may be some issues telling them apart!  That said, Tom does have a limp caused by being crushed under a walkway as a kitten.

Tom arrived safely in the US in Mid July 2010 and is now settling well with his owner and sister, Trouble.

Poppy and Max

Poppy and Max

Poppy was found at the side of the road next to her 2 dead siblings in Basrah, she was very small and her mother was nowhere to be seen so if Adam and his team had not picked her up and taken her to their camp then it is likely she would have met the same fate as her siblings.

Max came along shortly after when Adam and his team saw some Iraqi Guards not treating him very well.  They sent one of their local workers to speak to the guards and after some negotiation Max was handed over to Adam.

After some TLC both dogs are now healthy but Adam’s contract will be ending soon and he desperately wants to bring Poppy and Max home to the UK.

A Facebook page has been set up for them here

A Just Giving Donation page for them is here

Please help us to get Max and Poppy home with Adam by joining the Facebook page and donating if you can.

Poppy and Max

Leg Injury


This is Dori, she has had a very rough time of things and now her owner wants to take her away from Iraq so she can have the life she deserves.  Dori had a very bad accident and was almost killed but due to her loving owners dedication she survived.  Her story is below along with some pictures (very graphic).

”Dori first came to our attention in Sep 2008 while standing next to one of the bins in the Danish Demining Group compound Basrah – she was around 8 months old at the time, Lone took her to her room, fed her a tin of tuna and the bond was established, after a quick house meeting it was decided that Ms Lone could keep her.  She was named Dori after one of the character from the Film “Finding Nemo” (she wasn’t the smartest cat on the block – bless!) 

After a happy 4 months Dori decided that it would be a good idea to jump onto the electricity transformer box inside the compound; maybe she was attracted by the hypnotic buzz and the warmth the transformer produces, they say “Curiosity Kill’s the Cat”, well it nearly did that day.  Dori managed to arc her-self between two of the electricity phases and 50,000 volts passed through her body, causing some horrific injuries.  How she survived is a mystery at least 5 other cats have met their destiny this way.  Apart from her front left hand paw (which swelled up to nearly the size of her head) she seemed fine but then the skin on her two legs started to peel off exposing muscle and tendons.  Her back right leg was the next to go; it appears the electricity passed through her body and exited through the Hock Joint (ankle in humans), the leg from the Hock Joint down was completely dead and started to decay; there was no saving the leg and it had to be removed.

Operation 1

We took advice from a UK Vet (Jasper Gale – many thanks Jasper!) on how to remove the leg, I went on R&R and bought a junior hack saw, Lone went to Denmark and managed to smuggle in some anaesthetic and suturing material and we were prepared to amputate the leg at the mid femur.  Then we found an Iraqi vet who said he would conduct the operation (after he offered to “give us a better cat, one with 4 legs” – I don’t think he grasped the pet concept!).  After clear instructions, with drawings supplied by Jasper, he performed the operation.  He took the leg off at what would be in human anatomy the shin bone; the flap of skin he folded over the stump when he closed the wound was not enough and the bone burst through the stitches.  Again, Jasper was called.  He made it clear that if the exposed bone was left, infection would set in and we would have no chance; Dori would die a slow and painful death.

Operation 2

The vet was asked to come in again and do it right!  We explained on the white board where to cut and how to do it.  I stayed with the vet for the first skin incision and all appeared to be going well, so I left to tell Lone he knows what he is doing and not to worry.  When I returned he had taken the leg off at the knee joint! What can we do, the poor little thing has now being through more trauma in her short lifetime than most people see in a lifetime.  After 2 weeks Lone and I took out the stitches (with the help of Dori) and she started her rehabilitation, again!

The Future

Dori is now completely healed physically, although she still needs the leg to be amputated properly before she develops long term mobility problems.  At least now she is pain free; it is one year today (09 Jan 10) since she ventured onto the transformer box!  With the help of Louise we hope to get Dori into Denmark with Lone; so Dori can start her new life with Lone and her other rescue cat from a Mine Action mission in Angola.  Lone promises not to work abroad again as there are too many cats that need to be saved!”

Dori’s owners, Andrew and Lone are desperate to get this little girl home.  Both of them work for the Danish Demining Group and will be leaving Iraq soon so we are aiming to try and get her out before the end of March.   For anyone wishing to know more about the humanitarian efforts of the group please visit DDG

Baby Boy Winston


This is Winston, an adorable puppy that has recently been adopted by the Royal Navy in Um Qasr.  Here is his story in his owners own words…

”Little Winston was found in Umm Qasr camp hiding by the bins, shivering and whimpering. He was taken in and washed up and emerged a very much cleaner little pup! He was alone by the bins, however outside the wall was a litter of puppies which are believed to have been drowned or shot. Now however he enjoys playing with everyone, sleeping and eating proper food. Initially he would shake because he was not used to people and so affectionately earnt the nickname ‘Shivers’. He has however been named Winston after Churchill because he is such a brave little fella”

We have agreed to help Winstons owners get him back to the UK in Feb/March next year so now the mission is on to raise the funding needed to do this.  Winston is particularly special because he comes not so long after the huge task of Rescuing Sandbag and the Gang from the same place and he too is being raised by serving members of both the UK and US Military. Please help us to get him home for these brave members of our military by donating.

RIP Taji


Meet Taji. Taji’s owner found me through a friend that had taken T-Bird back to the States. Taji is an adorable little fella and is scheduled to leave Iraq for his new forever home in Dec 09.

On 27 Dec 09 we received the sad news that Taji had passed away at the kennels he was being cared for at in Amman.  Taji had shown no signs of illness and was eating and playful right to the end.  We are all extremely upset about what has happened, but we must take comfort in the fact that although he had a short life, Taji had a life that was full of love, food and play, which is something most of the animals in these places will never experience even for a minute.

Taji’s owner did a great job raising him with the limited resources available in Iraq and our deepest sympathies go out to him and his family.

RIP Taji xxx

RIP Taji



This is Trouble. Trouble’s story is pretty much the same as most of the animals on BCR. She found her way into the affections of her owner and now her owner wants to take her home to the States. Trouble is scheduled to leave Iraq and go to a new happy forever home in Dec 09.



This is Lolly. Her owner has contacted me this week, she will be leaving Iraq mid Dec and wants to try and find Lolly a new home. Unfortunately, rehoming these animals in Iraq is virtually impossible so Lolly is facing an uncertain future right now. Below is her story in her owners own words:

“I have a dog called Lolly, who we adopted from Camp Loyalty when it was closing. Sadly, I am going to be leaving Iraq in December, and I would love her to go to a good home, preferably still within Iraq.

When we got Lolly, she was quite timid, having been beated and kicked by the guards (we think) at Camp Loyalty. She was terrified of everything, and would pee in fear when she met anyone new. She would also immediately go into submission and lay on the floor, even when you just went to stroke her.

However, we have given her lots of love and attention, and although she is still timid, she is much better now. Quite playful and fun, and she is a good guard dog to me when I am here alone, barking at anyone she does not recognise coming into the house. She is nice and kind as well though, but looks after me.

We think she is about 11 months old. She looks to be Retriever cross, though she is Iraqi mongrel, so who knows? She is house trained (although she occasionally still pees a tiny bit if she feels scared) and walks on the lead, is quiet to bath, has learnt sit, and we are working on stay etc. She is a lovely sweet dog. Her only fault is that she thinks she is a mole, and likes to dig holes in the garden.

I am very sorry to have her go, but I don’t think she would cope with the quarantine in the UK, or with travelling far, so I would like her to be re-homed in Iraq if possible.”

Because of Lollys nervous disposition we are currently looking at sending her to Kuwait to be fostered until a new home can be found for her in the US, we really do not want to put her through quarantine in the UK unless we have no other option. Please help us to get Lolly out of here by donating and also contacting us if you think you may be in a position to offer Lolly a home in the US.



This is Charlie. Charlie’s owner works about 40km outside of Baghdad and he came to me recently when his boss found out about Charlie and told him he was contravening General Order Number 1 and that he must get rid of him. So the last few days have been spent finding Charlie a safe place whilst we make the arrangements to send him to the US.

On 08 Oct 09 Charlie arrived in Baghdad and is now at a safe house where he will be cared for until we send him to the States in Dec or Jan.

Charlie has now settled really well in his new home in the States.  He is fitting right in with his new family and having the time of his life.  Below are some pictures of Charlie in his new forever home.


Squeaky & Little Guy

Squeaky and Little Guys owners came to me in July 09. They were moving to new jobs in Africa and had already sorted out an airline to fly the cats to Amman but they needed some assistance with paperwork and someone to actually put them on the flight as they were not going to be able to travel with them. It all sounded very simple, but as per usual the best laid plans don’t always work!

Literally at the last minute, the airline said they could not take the cats, so a search was on to find someone who could take them on a different airline. Their owners did find someone in time and on 18 Oct 09 the cats were delivered to me and on 19 Oct 09 I dropped the cats at the airport with the escort and Squeaky and Little Guy embarked on their long journey to Africa where they have now settled and are happy in their new home.



Royal on her much loved bed at the kennels

Royal on her much loved bed at the kennels

Meet Royal, she is around 5 years old and has been living on base with British Troops in Basrah all of her life. Royal now faces an uncertain future as the Brits have left Basrah and the US Troops that took her on have been told they cannot keep her. Now the battle against the clock is on to try and get her out with Sandbag, Dirtbag and Hesco before it is too late.

Royal is used to living a comfortable life in an air conditioned room on a comfortable bed and being fed only the best meals! To throw her onto the streets of Iraq now would almost certainly result in her death, whether it be from the fact that she loves people and does not know who to avoid or whether the wild pack dogs of Iraq got her.

Some pictures below of Royal enjoying her life as a lady of leisure.