Afghanistan Rescues Arrive Safely

What a whirlwind it has been! After months of ups and downs, 285 animals have finally arrived from Afghanistan through what we’re calling #MissionPossible. Thank you to everyone who never gave up and who helped make this seemingly impossible rescue a reality. 

We are simply overwhelmed with gratitude and relief. Beginning last August when NATO forces withdrew from Afghanistan a passionate plea from Kabul Small Animal Rescue founder, Charlotte Maxwell-Jones went viral and triggered a response from multiple organizations, SPCA International included. Despite everyone’s best efforts, hopes were dashed when, at the 11th hour, dogs were released to fend for themselves on the airport property; the cats, having never made it in, were brought back to the KSAR shelter and Charlotte was escorted back to her home. Our hearts broke and we know yours did too. 

Throughout the fall, helped by SPCAI donations (thank you!), KSAR was able to continue supporting the ongoing care of the animals and make efforts to rescue the dogs that had been released at the airport.

The last months have been spent carefully planning with KSAR, numerous partner organizations, government agencies, businesses and many volunteers. We even converted an airplane hangar to receive the animals and ensure their health. 

Volunteer receiving puppy kisses from Bea at the temporary SPCA International shelter facility.

Now, we are thrilled to share that most animals have been moved to local shelters or foster homes while their adoptions are processed. We received an overwhelming number of adoption applications and there are more homes than animals! 

In addition to the animals being adopted, over 50 animals will be reunited with their families who had to evacuate without them. 

Owner reunited with her two cats.
Owner and cat reunited after having to evacuate Afghanistan.

A special thank you to Kabul Small Animal Rescue, Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, RainCoast Dog Rescue Society, Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue, War Paws, No Dogs Left Behind, Animal Wellness Action, Signature Flight Support, Modu-Loc Fence Rentals, Platinum Pro-Claim Restoration, Midland Appliance – Appliances By Design, King of Floors Lazar