Dogs and cats rescued from Afghanistan are put up for adoption
More than 300 dogs and cats abandoned during the chaotic US disengagement in Afghanistan were safely evacuated this week – and now some of the resilient pets are available for adoption, according to a global animal rescue group.
No Dogs Left Behind, which has an animal shelter in Jersey City, flew 171 dogs and 146 cats out of war-torn Kabul after months of trying to secure a cargo plane landing in the area now controlled by the Taliban, the authorities said Organization on Friday with .
The adorable furballs, once in the care of Kabul Small Animal Rescue, landed in Vancouver, Canada after a three-day journey by private plane, according to a press release from No Dogs Left Behind.
“Our work doesn’t end here,” said the group’s founder, Jeffrey Beri. “We will continue to fight the good fight on the front lines until every animal is protected from harm.”
In August, hundreds of dogs and cats were abandoned in Afghanistan as US troops and allies fled the country, despite efforts by advocates to evacuate the animals.
Rescue groups at the time could not get permission to land private charter planes at Kabul airport amid the frantic rush to exit the airport and were not allowed to transport the animals on military planes.
But Beri eventually got the green light from authorities, though the details of the deal weren’t immediately clear. He and Derick Stone from Kabul Small Animal Rescue have spent the past two weeks completing the paperwork and preparing the animals for the long journey.
After landing in Vancouver, 19 dogs were transported to a “safe house” in Toronto on Friday and will be put up for adoption after health checks and “time to relax from their long journey,” the group said.
Anyone interested in adopting the puppies or donating to the group can visit the website.
No Dogs Left Behind has rescued thousands of dogs since it started in 2016. It has also targeted slaughterhouses, wet markets, human traffickers and illegal breeders across China.