NOWZAD DOGS NFP

Winning the War for Animals

aka Nowzad   |   Frisco, TX   |  www.nowzad.com

Mission

To relieve the suffering of animals in Afghanistan; including companion animals, working equines, stray and abandoned dogs and cats and all other animals in need of care and attention, and to provide and maintain rescue, rehabilitation and education facilities for the care and treatment of such animals with no voice but ours. Which includes a small animal clinic, dog and cat shelter and the first ever donkey sanctuary in Afghanistan.

Notes from the nonprofit

To relieve the suffering of animals in Afghanistan; including companion animals, working equines, stray and abandoned dogs and cats and all other animals in need of care and attention, and to provide and maintain rescue, rehabilitation and education facilities for the care and treatment of such animals with no voice but ours. Our team is dedicated and committed to providing animal welfare in Afghanistan with a passion and enthusiasm driven by the amazing support from volunteers and donors the world over. Together we are proving that all of us can work together for the better good of animals and people, even in a war zone.

Ruling year info

2013

Chairman and Founder

Mr. Paul 'Pen' Farthing

Director

Miss Hannah Surowinski

Main address

Nowzad NFP 2770 Main Street #161

Frisco, TX 75033 USA

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EIN

46-0536511

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Working in Afghanistan means that we face and overcome many problems on a daily basis - logistical, security related, economic and sometimes even cultural, to name a few. We are currently the only official animal shelter and sanctuary of it's kind which means our income doesn't always match up to the need for our vital work for the animals of Afghanistan. However, with a team of 24 experienced and passionate Afghan staff as well as countless volunteers all over the world we can overcome any problem presented to us as we have proved for the last 13 years of operation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Reunited serving soldiers with stray animals they've adopted whilst serving

Often when military are serving in Afghanistan they find themselves adopting one of the many stray dogs or cats that are out there.
These soldiers are not only lifelines for the animal, these animals are often described as 'lifelines' to their soldier, providing a respite from war, a moment of peace, home and love. When the soldier's tour of duty comes to an end, it is unthinkable to leave their buddy, that they've bonded with, behind.
This is where we step in...
Once we are certain that we can get the adopted animal to us (it is Afghanistan after all) we then provide shelter for the animal, we vaccinate, spay/neuter and give any required medical attention and carry out all necessary checks and paperwork to get the animal home.
Once this is all done we fundraise the amount required to get the companion animal home and arrange for this to be carried out.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

Here at the Nowzad shelter and clinic we pride ourselves on being able to provide some of the best medical care currently available for animals in Afghanistan.
We employ 3 full time vets (two of whom is probably the first female vet in Afghanistan) who have all completed 5 years of training at Kabul University. To ensure that they are kept up to date with modern medicine and techniques, several times a year, guest western vets volunteer their time to come to Kabul and work alongside our vets in the Nowzad clinic.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Soviet Invasion, Taliban rule and the on-going conflict have all left their mark on a weary Afghanistan.
The stray dog population of the major cities in Afghanistan have steadily grown in number due to the complete lack of any investment in an organised or effective stray dog population control programme. This has led to an increase in the outbreak of canine rabies which has sadly proved fatal for the Afghan nationals who have come into contact with the disease.
The Nowzad Dogs team are determined to implement a wide reaching humane trap, neuter, vaccinate and release programme in Afghanistan.
Starting in Kabul we are demonstrating to the authorities that a stray dog, once neutered and vaccinated against rabies, and then returned to the area it was taken from is an effective and humane method of reducing the dog population while also dramatically reducing human exposure to rabies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Whilst we are continuing to help soldiers rescue animals they have adopted during their tour serving on the front line, our main aim is to always help the animals who are not so lucky.
To this end, Nowzad is aiming to focus efforts on leaving a legacy that improves the lives of not only the animals of Afghanistan, but for the people also.

We are continuing to educate the people of Afghanistan on animal welfare, particularly the children, to teach them not to abuse animals, that dog fighting is wrong, to teach them that stray dogs carry disease, as well as how to care for their working animals and to teach them that dogs and cats can be part of the family too.

We are looking to increase our current small but very successful TNVR scheme to other provinces in Afghanistan. We want Nowzad to be responsible for not only humanely reducing the stray dog population but to also to completely cut the number of deaths from animal related diseases, especially rabies.

Nowzad will continue our work in Afghanistan long after the troops leave. Nowzad will be there ensuring that the lives of the animals and subsequently the people, will be vastly improved by our presence.

As we operate in Afghanistan our strategies are constantly developing to suit our environment. We constantly have to improvise, adapt and overcome. Please feel free to contact us on our past, present and future projects and initiatives.

• The only officially recognized Animal Welfare Organisation operating on a permanent basis in Afghanistan, including:

- The only small animal shelter in Afghanistan (located in Kabul)
- The only fully professional small animal clinic in Afghanistan (located in Kabul) which includes a dog shelter (housing 140 dogs), cat shelter with 50 cats and the first donkey sanctuary in Afghanistan.
- Five fully qualified Afghan vets (almost certainly the most qualified vets in Afghanistan) along with an intern program to train the future generations of veterinary students in compassionate animal welfare delivery.
- 19 Afghan staff to compliment the work of the veterinary team.

Daily meetings address the cultural issues that we face daily; women and men working in close proximity, varying ethnicity issues that make up the fabric of Afghanistan, cultural beliefs that affect the ability to see animals as anything other than food or a means of transport.
The Nowzad team is coming together to overcome these issues and lead the way as ambassadors for the new generation of young Afghans who want a country free from war, poverty and corruption.

• The only officially recognised Animal Welfare Organisation operating on a permanent basis in Afghanistan, including:

- The first small animal shelter in Afghanistan (located in Kabul)
- The only fully professional small animal clinic in Afghanistan (located in Kabul)
- Five fully qualified Afghan vets (almost certainly the most qualified vets in Afghanistan which includes the first ever female Afghan veterinarians).
- A compliment of support staff to care and manage the animals that reside with us.
- An increased number of local Afghan people rescuing and bringing stray or injured animals to our clinic
- An increased number of local Afghan people adopting rescued neutered and vaccinated animals from us under our successful Afghan adoption scheme
- An increased number of local Afghan people bringing in their own animals to be treated, neutered and vaccinated.
- We deliver the only working animal program for donkeys and horses within Kabul delivering much needed treatment and care for these poor overworked animals.
- Nowzad offers a sanctuary for former working donkeys and horses within Kabul.
- Vital education scheme which was successfully launched with the Wetnose Animal Aid ‘Kick a Ball not a Puppy’ campaign in Kabul
- Ongong and establishing a TNVR (trap, neuter, vaccinate, release) program to reduce the numbers of unwanted animals and the incidence of disease, particularly rabies.
- We have reunited over 1600 dogs and cats with their serving soldiers from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Holland and South Africa. Receiving International press coverage and continued interest and support from these countries.
- Pen Farthing , the Nowzad CEO and founder has written three best-selling books highlighting the plight of animals in Afghanistan and the work of the charity.
- Nowzad has been named ‘Just Giving’s ‘Charity of the Year’ 2013
-Nowzad has also been chosen as the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s (BVNA) Charity of the Year 2013/2014
- Nowzad Dogs is also the Animal Transportation Association charity of the year 2013
- The Nowzad Clinic has been credited in The Veterinary Parasitology Journal for our part in diagnosing Trypmaniasis, a never before seen disease in Afghanistan. This is a huge achievement for the Nowzad Clinic Vet Team as well as a leap forward in veterinary science.
- Pen Farthing was voted 2014 CNN Hero of the year for the work with Nowzad in Afghanistan.
- We have had 5 rescued street dogs become fully fledged Service Dogs in the US. These dogs are now a much valued and loved lifeline to their veterans suffering from PTSD, and we hope this is only the beginning!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 1/31/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Paul 'Pen' Farthing

Nowzad

Debra Yang

Nowzad

Daniel Tatsch

Nowzad

Paul Farthing

Nowzad

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/26/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.