CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Farthing named his nonprofit for the stray he rescued during his tour. He said Nowzad filled an important void in his life: "My time with this dog was a way of de-stressing, collecting my thoughts."
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Nowzad Dogs has a shelter and clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan, that includes several trained veterinarians. The clinic spays or neuters street dogs and cats. It also vaccinates them and gives them microchips.
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Nowzad Dogs works to promote animal welfare in Afghanistan, a country that Farthing wants to retain a connection to.
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Pets spend two to three months at the shelter before being transported to the soldier's home country.
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Farthing says his dog, Nowzad, adopted him after Farthing broke up a dogfight.
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Farthing's organization is one of the only official animal shelters in Afghanistan.
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Nowzad Dogs' Kabul-based shelter and clinic are staffed by 14 Afghan nationals.
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Farthing carries food for animals.
CNN Hero: Pen Farthing – Nowzad Dogs has reunited almost 700 people with their adopted animals in Afghanistan.