Actor Peter Egan, (known to Downton Abbey fans as Hugh “Shrimpy” MacClare, the Marquess of Flintshire), recently stepped into his real life role as an ambassador for Wetnose Animal Aid as he traveled with the non-profit’s founder Gavin Gamby-Boulger to Kabul to shine a spotlight on Nowzad, the only officially recognized animal shelter in Afghanistan.
Sponsored in part by Ricky Gervais, the mission with a message– ‘kick a ball not a puppy’– helped to kick start a new era of empathy towards animals as 100 soccer balls and T-shirts emblazoned with the meaningful words were distributed to children in the city. Gavin from Wetnose said “We wanted to help Nowzad as it’s a win, win situation for everybody; the children are given footballs with a message not to hurt the animals. By teaching the locals that the animals need to be kept safe and given fresh water and food, this will be a good step in the right direction”.
The visit to Nowzad, (which was the recipient of the Hero Award at the 2013 Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards), also offered the opportunity to make friends with the more than 80 dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and donkeys who have gone from merely surviving to thriving at the registered charity, like Joe– a stray suffering from Leishmaniasis who was close to death when he was saved in late 2012 by the organization:
Wetnose Animal Aid founder Gavin Gamby-Boulger with Joe:
Peter Egan also became fast friends with Sash, a recently rescued dog who is currently at the shelter’s clinic:
Having helped many companion animals find forever homes in the UK, US and elsewhere, Nowzad is now in need of help. Along with contributions of pet toys, soccer balls and animal-themed children’s books in the country’s native languages, the charity is also in need of donations, as the lease for the organization’s clinic and secure staff accommodation and office has ended. With a September 8th move looming, Nowzad founder Pen Farthing (an ex-Royal Marine) and the team at Nowzad are working to raise £100,000 toward a new, improved clinic.
To find out how you can help:
- visit www.nowzad.com
Photos courtesy Andrea and Gavin Gamby-Boulger, Wetnose Animal Aid