While Staff Sgt. Edwin Caba served in Afghanistan, a litter of puppies born on his base brought a sense of much needed joy and relief to the soldiers. Many didn't want to part with the dogs once their tour ended. Enter Nowzad Dogs. Since 2007, the nonprofit has reunited more than 700 soldiers with the animals they cared for on duty. As the only official animal shelter in the country, it also helps find homes for abandoned animals in Afghanistan. Founder Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine sergeant, named the organization after Nowzad - a dog that adopted Farthing, and followed him back to base after he broke up a dogfight. The dog had such an effect on Farthing that he found a way to take her home. In doing so, he realized he wanted to help others do the same.


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  • To learn more about Nowzad and how to get involved, visit their website.
  • Read about the remarkable work of Lawrence Anthony, a conservationist who rescued the Baghdad Zoo after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • Pay attention to the life forms around you and do what you can to support them. Visit your local animal shelter and explore ways you can volunteer.

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