After Nowzad received enough donations to arrange for transportation to Kabul airport and a charter flight out of Afghanistan, the staff’s hopes were brutally destroyed on Friday when they were turned away at the gates.
Two hours before they were supposed to board, Joe Biden had changed the requirements needed to enter the airport, therefore making it impossible for Pen’s Afghan team to enter.
Pen Farthing lands in London with 170 animals
There was a lot of uncertainty for Nowzad fans from that point on. There were no news or messages on their social media. People started to wonder what would happen to the team and to their beloved animals.
Thankfully, it was confirmed that yesterday morning, Pen and 170 cats and dogs landed in London Heathrow. Unfortunately, he was not accompanied by his 24 Afghan staff members and their families. In a tweet, Pen stated:
Nowzad’s official Facebook page has also released a statement ensuring supporters of the charity that Operation Ark was far from over and that they would do everything in their power in the coming months to “reach a positive conclusion” for their staff members.
What happens to Nowzad’s animals now?
As for the animals, they are doing splendidly! All of them made it to the UK in the best of health. Upon arrival, they were checked by vets and transported to comfortable kennels where they will be well cared for during their quarantine period. After which, they will probably be behaviourally assessed and then put up for adoption!
What a wonderful ending for these beautiful furbabies. We are sure their fate brings comfort to Pen and his team during this difficult time.
Read more about Nowzad:
- Nowzad, the charity that makes a difference for people and animals in Afghanistan
- UK founder of rescue in Kabul refuses to leave without his staff and animals
- Kabul rescue Nowzad says we have until 11pm today to save his staff and animals
- New hope for Pen Farthing’s shelter staff and 200 animals to evacuate Afghanistan
- Attempt to flee Kabul takes a devastating turn for Nowzad staff and animals