When friends and family asked me why I was going to Iraq I got comments like, “You’re crazy,” and “You’re nuts, isn’t it so dangerous?”
Well, maybe all of these things are true, but it’s worth it when I see the faces of the amazing dogs I get to rescue!
Flying across the globe to rescue dogs in Iraq may seem crazy to some, but not to the people at SPCA International (SPCAI) and volunteers like me. If you are an animal lover you understand, there is a strong bond between an owner and their pet, especially for Americans in a country that is still recovering from nearly 9 years of war.
While flying to Iraq through Germany, my safety concerns started to rise, but I settled those quickly by telling myself the war is over, and this is my third trip volunteering for Operation Bagdad Pups (OBP). “It will be fine,” I told myself. In addition, Kurdistan in the northern part of Iraq is much more stable than Baghdad and the rest of the country.