The situation in Afghanistan becomes hour by hour hostile as the deadline for evacuations comes closer, there is one man who refused to leave his animal shelter behind.
Pen Farthing is a former British Royal Marine, who created the only shelter for cats and dogs in Afghanistan. Farthing set up the animal shelter in 2007 and looks to reunite former servicemen and women with pets they have met while on tour. The shelter also helps to rescue stray cats and dogs and provides them with food and shelter.
Since the collapse of the Afghan government, Farthing has been trying to get his Afghan staff, their families, and about 200 cats and dogs out of the country. Fearing their lives, he attempted to arrange a plane to land at Kabul airport for the rescue operation.
Great Britain is focusing on saving the animals of Afghanistan. As the Minister of State for Defense, Ben Wallace announced today, Wednesday 25 August, that dogs and cats, which were gathered in Kabul by a former marine, Pen Farthing, are allowed to be airlifted away from Kabul.
The British government granted visas to all staff of Pen’s shelter and their families, as he announced on his Twitter profile..