How to help dogs caught in the conflict in Afghanistan | TeamDogs

How to help dogs caught in the conflict in Afghanistan

A small donation can really help.

Liz Connor

Posted 2 months ago

The unfolding events in Afghanistan has spread fears around the nation’s future, with United Nations groups warning of a major humanitarian crisis.

In the days since Taliban forces seized control of the country, people across the globe have been taking to social media to share links and resources of how you can help to support refugees and those on the ground who are caught in the conflict.

One such charity, called Nowzad, is also calling for animal lovers to consider the effect that the civil unrest has had on the country’s domestic dogs, who are at risk of being forgotten amongst the chaos. 

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The Kabul-based charity says that dogs and cats are behind left behind during hasty evacuations from homes, as people attempt to flee the country, leaving defenseless animals to fend for themselves.

READ MORE: Pen Farthing won't abandon animals in Kabul... and I won't abandon him

Nowzad was set up ten years ago by ex-UK Royal Marine Pen Farthing to help soldiers finishing Afghan duty tours take adopted dogs home with them. The operation has expanded into a fully functioning animal sanctuary, and Farthing has faced a desperate race to transport his employees and more than 200 animals to safety in Britain this week.

Keen to support the cause? Here, we outline four ways you can help dogs in Afghanistan this week…

Donate money

One of the most effective ways you can influence change is by donating to causes and organisations that help animals caught in areas of conflict.

Donating monthly to Nowzad means the charity can relieve the suffering of animals in Afghanistan by chartering them on a cargo plane to the UK, as well as helping them to budget and plan ahead to treat the animals in their care.

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Educate yourself

Pen Farthing’s book, called No Place Like Home, is his true story of courage and persistence as he struggles to give two of his rescue dogs a home, and those still in Afghanistan, the best possible chance. 

It’s a good place to start if you want to learn more about the challenges facing animals in warzones and why the work of charities like Nowzad is so important.

READ MORE: My three rescue dogs and what they've taught me

Help to raise funds

Whenever you treat yourself to something online, such as a payday outfit or weekly shop, you could be raising free donations for dogs in need.

Simply sign up to Nowzad’s payback scheme here and then search for the site you want to shop on via Every time you shop, the retailer will make a donation to Nowzad at no extra cost to you whatsoever.

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S.

Show your support on social media

Platforms like Twitter and Instagram are a powerful way to evoke change. 

Following charities like Nowzad and Warpaws means you can stay ahead of the latest animal welfare news, as well as highlight any vital petitions or fundraising efforts to your friends and followers.

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