Dogs are popular again in Afghanistan – for dog fighting matches

The resurgence of dog fighting has created a crisis for the stray dogs of Afghanistan. Now, in a remarkable effort, a small group of ex-pats and locals have begun caring for the animals. 

British Royal Marine Pen Farthing founded Nowzad dog shelter in Afghanistan after rescuing a street dog while on his tour of duty in Helmand Province. Nowzad’s mission is to sterilize the stray population and find adoptable homes for street animals. In addition to being one of the only dog shelters in Afghanistan, Nowzad employs the first Afghan female veterinarians in the country.

For more about Nowzad and their animals available for adoption, visit