Dubai group helps relocate pets from Afghanistan

DUBAI - A local animal care organisation has assisted in rescuing 15 animals from war-affected areas of Afghanistan to rehouse them with families in America.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Thu 17 Nov 2011, 10:46 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:37 AM

Nowzad, a registered charity organisation which works to rescue stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan and rehouse them to families in America, predominantly military personnel, brought the animals to Dubai from Afghanistan on November 13 and 14.

Since early 2011, Dubai Kennels & Cattery (DKC) has been assisting Nowzad with the relocation of these animals as they travel via Dubai from Kabul. To date, DKC has aided Nowzad with a total of 82 animal relocations to new families in the US. American Airlines paid for the latest relocation of the 15 pets — 14 dogs and one cat — from Afghanistan, flying through Dubai on their way to New York.

Todd Carson, managing partner, DKC, said, “When Pen Farthing from Nowzad approached us at the beginning of the year to tell of us his organisation and its activities, and also with the promise of a great number of shipments, I was initially a bit sceptical because over the years, we have seen many such things fail to actually materialise despite initial enthusiasm.

“With Nowzad handling the logistics in Afghanistan with some help from us, and our Relocations Account Managers and Animal Handlers managing the rest, including logistics and care, from the time the animals arrive in Dubai all the way through to their new homes back in the United States,” he added.

The DKC’s role is managing the entire animal relocation logistics. The work begins prior to their departure from Kabul with the sourcing of relevant permissions for the animals to transit in Dubai from the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, liaison with the animals’ new owners, supply of documentation and the bookings and confirmations of the onward flights.

As DKC is also the official and exclusive animal handlers at Dubai International Airport, it is DKC’s Animal Handlers who provide care for the animals while they are in the airport facility, as well general oversight to ensure they are well and that their travel crates and other aspects of the move are in order. For more information on Nowzad and details on how to donate, visit

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