UK dog rescuer Pen Farthing ‘so bloody happy’ staff escaped Afghanistan

UK dog rescuer Pen Farthing 'so bloody happy' staff escaped Afghanistan

A former commando in the Royal Marines turned dog-rescue operator cheered the successful evacuation of his staff from Afghanistan.

“The [Nowzad] staff are now safely in Islamabad and in the care of the British High Commission! […] I am so bloody happy right now!” Pen Farthing tweeted Saturday.

The 67 civilian employees of Farthing’s Nowzad dog rescue safely made it to Pakistan, where they got in touch with British diplomats, The Sun reported.

They’ll be flown to the United Kingdom after COVID-19 tests.

The British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, reportedly secured permission from the Pakistani government for the workers to make the border crossing during a recent trip to Islamabad, The Telegraph reported.

Farthing himself made it back to the U.K. — along with more than 170 cats and dogs — on a private charter flight on Aug. 31, the paper reported.

His staff was cleared to fly out of the Kabul airport, but had been unable to make it there, the paper reported.

Farthing broke up a dog fight when stationed in Helmand province in 2006, according to the animal charity. One of those dogs befriended Farthing and was later named Nowzad.

Pen Farthing, founder of British charity Nowzad, an animal shelter, stands in front of a cage on the outskirts of Kabul May 1, 2012.
Paul “Pen” Farthing was initially depressed after learning his 67 staff employees were left behind in Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s takeover.
REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

That led him to found the animal rescue that specialized in reuniting servicemen with animals they befriended in Afghanistan.

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