Stamford, CT - Pen Farthing, a British Royal Marine and author of “One Dog at a Time,” will speak about his adventures in Nowzad, Afghanistan rescuing dogs and reuniting them with the servicemen and women they befriended. Through his non-profit organization, Nowzad, he flies dogs home to Britain and the United States.
The talk will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel at 700 East Main Street. The event is free. Top reserve a space, it is necessary to e-mail the names of the person who wish to attend; along with their cell phone numbers, to Nicole@nowzad.com.
Farthing will tell the story about arriving in Nowzad, Afghanistan to discover that the people were not the only ones suffering. The stray dog population was exploding and many of them were being forced to engage in fights. One of the dogs that Farthing rescued followed him home to the base and begged to be let in. He named the dog Nowzad.
As the dog population grew, more and more of them showed up at the base hungry and wounded. Pen and his soldiers cared for each one, but realized the animals deserved a better life. That’s when he began his epic adventure, asking local taxi drivers to take the dogs on a journey of several days to the north of the country. There an animal rescue center took care of them before they were flown home to be re-united with their owners.
Since that time, Farthing’s charity, Nowzad, has rescued hundreds of dogs; built a shelter for stray dogs in Afghanistan; and worked with the Mayor of Kabul on a trap-neuter release program for the homeless dogs in Kabul. The alternative was to shoot or poison them.
The charity is operating at full capacity – assisting with the rescues of companion animals is its core work. The dogs help soldiers re-adapt to civilian life and also haven been proven effective in alleviating the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For further information go to the website www.nowzad.com