at Nowzad, The Meriel Suite, Hartnoll Farm Business Centre, Post Hill, Kabul, EX16 4NG Afghanistan

The Nowzad Charity was founded in 2007 by Sgt Pen Farthing We reunite Soldiers with their Battle Buddies and provide vital Animal Welfare to Afghanistan NOTE: Anyone who has an animal in Afghan that they wish to rescue please send an email with the subject heading RESCUE REQUEST to: For any other questions please email: To date the Nowzad Charity has reunited over 1000 soldiers with the dogs or cats that they have rescued, bonded with and could not bear to leave behind whilst deployed in war zones. Nowzad is also the ONLY large scale animal shelter and clinic in the whole of Afghanistan. We have over 140 rescue dogs, 40 rescue cats and 6 rescue donkeys that are currently in our care. We carry out vital Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return programs. as well as education and outreach projects to improve not only the lives of animals in Afghanistan, but the people's too. The Nowzad Community is a vibrant, fun-filled family of supporters and volunteers who make a difference every day for the animals with no voice but ours.

Nowzad, The Meriel Suite, Hartnoll Farm Business Centre, Post Hill
Kabul EX16 4NG
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P: +44 7583 812091


The Nowzad Charity was founded in 2007 by Pen Farthing, a Former Royal Marine Commando. Kilo Company of 42 Commando Royal Marines arrived in the war torn town of Now Zad in Helmand Province of Afghanistan in November 2006. Their mission, to provide stability for the local people during a period of ever decreasing security. The Royal Marines soon realised that it wasn’t only the local people that needed their help. Many of the stray dogs that roamed the town of Now Zad now had a guardian for the first time in their lives; in the form of Sergeant Pen Farthing. Upon breaking up an organised dog fight, one of the dogs ‘adopted’ Pen as his only buddy. Naming the dog ‘Nowzad’ Pen could not leave his new four legged friend behind, so he hatched a cunning plan to bring Nowzad from deep in Helmand Province to a new life in the English Countryside. Miraculously, his plan was successful, but Pen was soon inundated with requests from soldiers in the same position as he'd found himself in... Thus the Nowzad Charity was born… To relieve the suffering of animals in Afghanistan; including companion animals, working equines, stray and abandoned dogs and cats and all other animals in need of care and attention, and to provide and maintain rescue, rehabilitation and education facilities for the care and treatment of such animals with no voice but ours.


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In January 2011, after many months of hard toil, Nowzad opened the very first and only officially recognized animal shelter in Afghanistan. To date Nowzad has reunited more than 700 soldiers from all over the world with their much loved adopted cats and dogs and we continue to be inundated with rescue requests on a daily basis. As well as rescuing soldiers pets we also assist the local people by way of providing vaccinations for their cats and dogs and education on how to care for their pets delivered by our very own Afghan national vets which includes the first two Afghan female practising vets. We meet a lot of Afghans each week who care deeply for their pets and are overjoyed that there is finally a place they can take their pets to show them off and have them vaccinated against disease and neutered.

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