Pen Farthing, founder of Nowzad Dog Rescue in Afghanistan and recipient of the 2014 CNN “Hero of the Year Award”, received American Dog Rescue Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian Award while attending the Humane Society of The United States’ To the Rescue! New York in New York City where all proceeds raised on the night were going towards the society’s ongoing national animal rescue efforts.
Most dog lovers will know Pen for the valuable work he’s done detailed in a series of books reuniting military service members and their animals from across the globe.
American Dog Rescue’s most notable collaboration with Nowzad culminated in November 2011 with a reunion event at JFK Airport in New York City, garnering national news coverage from multiple outlets, including a touching segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
“ADR’s work with Pen and Nowzad Dog Rescue has reunited dozens of U.S. soldiers with their canine and feline companion and service animals over the past four years. I have never met a military member more determined and dedicated to the human/animal bond,” Benjamin said. “If there ever was a Divine Calling, Pen heard it and serves it without question and with excellence.”
Mr. Farthing, a former British Marine, broke up a dog fight and wound up with a lifetime calling in rescuing the dogs and cats of Afghanistan that befriend military service members in the field of war. His mission, further manifested in the work of Nowzad, is to reunite these animals with “their people” once the soldiers have returned home.
“I can only hope his attendance at this event bodes well for increased attention to the amazing work of service animals worldwide,” said Eric Bernthal, HSUS Chairman of the Board.
Nowzad Dogs operates the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan located just outside of Kabul and supported by a small animal clinic headed up by ex-pat Louise and her team of Afghan nationals.