Category Archives: Iraq Animals

Albania Pup


In Sept 2014 we received an email from a Royal Marine serving in Albania.  He and his colleagues had been trying to take care of a young pup whom they had called Pressel and they were leaving permanently shortly after and did not want to leave him behind.

This was the first time we had received a request for a pup in Albania and time was not on our side, we had no idea if we would be able to get this pup to safety before his Marine left.

Fortunately we were able to contact an animal rescue group in Albania who were all too happy to help us.  They arranged for Pressel to receive his vaccinations in order that he could be moved to Brussels where he was met by an agent and transported directly into quarantine in the UK.

Pressel was reunited with his Marine shortly after quarantine had ended.

Trini and a Brit Soldier


In Sept 2014 we received a request for help from a British soldier on exercise in Ukraine.  She had befriended a small pup on camp and her leg was broken and she needed help to get her to the UK.  The soldier had not got long left on camp, literally a matter of days so we quickly set to work to try and find someone in Ukraine that could help.

We got lucky and found a fabulous lady called Aleksandra who was able to arrange for someone to drive several hundred km to the base to pick Trini up and take her back to Kiev to receive medical attention.

Trini stayed at the vets for some time whilst she had treatment for her leg and received all of her shots etc for entry to the UK and then finally just before Christmas 2014 we were able to get her transported to the UK.  Sadly her original owner was no longer able to take her but our very own adoptions manager who is also mom to Brin who we rescued from Afghanistan a few years ago quickly stepped up and offered Trini a loving home.

Trini now spends her days chasing Brin around and doing all the normal stuff youngsters do!

Stanley Kuwait 1

Stanley from Kuwait

In March 2015 we received an email from a friend of nowzad in Kuwait.  An American soldier had contacted her about a cat he had befriended on base and he was desperate to get him home to America.

Stanley was one of a litter of 7 kittens born on the base and he became a great source of comfort to the soldier who became his protector.  His soldier started off feeding him bits of chicken and soon the bond was unbreakable and his soldier just knew Stanley was his soul mate and he had to go home to America.

Stanley was quickly moved to safety and once he had received his medical care he was sent home to the soldiers family in America.

Cash Iraq


Cash found his way into the heart of a contractor in Iraq when he was around 3 months old in Sept 2014.

He was known as the small dark spotted orphan on the camp, his mother was gone, she had either abandoned him or had died, no one was really sure.

Cash wandered to the door of a British contractor one day, the contractor saw no harm in letting him in for a few minutes for some tuna fish and a cuddle and right there and then Cash had found himself a forever home.

Rescues from Iraq are becoming increasingly more difficult and along with his owner we had to put some pretty serious scale planning into place to get him to Jordan where he would be cared for by Judith and her family at Welcome Home Kennels in Amman.

There were a few hiccups along the way but Cash finally made it to Jordan as accompanied baggage with his owner and he was handed over to Judith and got settled at the place he would call home for the next 4 months whilst he was prepared for UK import.

The time passed quickly, Cash grew to be a beautiful friendly cat and when the day came for Judith and her family to say good bye we are sure there were tears all round.

Cash arrived in the UK in Feb 2015 and was collected by his owners girlfriend and taken straight home where he has settled in really well and is loving his life.



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.