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Gracie a stray cat living in Afghanistan befriended a soldier one day and she’s been attached to him ever since. The bond they share is incredible.

Gracie’s soldier wrote via Nowzad.

“I first met Gracie when she was few months old, she was living with her mother and brothers close to the dining facility. She was extremely shy and would not allow anyone to get close or to touch her. Then I lost track of her for a while.

Then my branch was moved to another location and there I found Gracie: she was still very shy but day by day, little by little, we became friends, very close friends. She was calling on me 4 or 5 times a day, under my office’s window and she would wait for me to come out sitting on a chair (as you can see in the picture below), just to play or for some company: she wanted a friend, while people said she wanted to be fed that was not true.

Whenever I was calling her she would accompany me around the compound, walking with me. People started to call Gracie “my” cat because we were walking around the camp together, she is incredibly loyal and affectionate.

Gracie is very sweet and my colleagues used to say that she cried whenever I wasn’t in the office.

gracie cat rescued in Afghanistan finds her soldier

Once I went to the US Embassy, she accompanied me to the gate. When I came back, more than 2 hours later, she was still there-a lady offered her a sausage but she preferred to walk back with me. Once I went to the Milano building and when I came out more than one hour later she was there waiting for me. When I had my farewell party with my colleagues in the Destille Gardens she was hanging around, sitting on the chair with us and she walked back with me.

It was a great comfort for me during the mission knowing that someone was waiting for me every day. It was Gracie that picked me, and she took care of me more than I took care of her.

When some construction started close to my office Gracie was very scared because of the noise and the people moving around: but she would come anyway looking for me, and I was looking for her whenever some time passed.

When I left Kabul and had to say goodbye to Gracie-she was sitting in the middle of the crossroad complaining because I was not staying with her-that broke my heart, she was really crying.

We had been told that we could not take animals back with us, but it was only for the military flights. So, when I discovered that through Nowzad it would have been possible to get Gracie with me I immediately decided I wanted to adopt her.

I would like to take care of Gracie as she did with me, she was definitly my best friend in Kabul: she literally rescued me, now it’s my turn and I look forward to have her again with me.”

gracie cat rescued in Afghanistan finds her soldier

This is the chair Gracie sat on everyday waiting for her soldier.

gracie cat rescued in Afghanistan finds her soldier

Thanks to Nowzad and many generous donations, Gracie is now fully funded and will soon be reunited with her soldier in Europe. Follow Nowzad on Facebook.

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A blind cat found her soldier in Afghanistan. They started feeding her and grew attached to her. They named her Sockets.

The rescuer wrote: “I work in Gardez and live on an Army Forward Operating Base. I had been here a few days and noticed a grey striped kitten around where we lived. The kitten was cute and was always playing. I started giving it food, many people feed her. One day the kitten was on a high wall eye level. When I looked at her eyes there were none. Joking we called her Sockets.

Sockets plays and gets around like any cat. She climbs and runs around, but does it with no eyes. She is very friendly and likes getting petted. The eye sockets are a crusty mess, but the cat does not seem to be in any pain. She purrs just like any cat.

After I made contact with the rescue (Nowzad) we set a date for Sockets to go on her trip. We put her in the office for safe keeping. I took her a little time to get used to the place. I got a box and put gravel in it like a litter box, and she used it like any indoor cat. On the desk were 2 Afghan traditional hats, she made these her bed. She is one very smart kitten. – – Sockets has made her way from the FOB to the Nowzad clinic.” (via Nowzad and SAC Fund)

Once she arrived at Nowzad, they gave her the needed treatment for her eyes, and she was a very happy kitty. With generous donations, they were able to gather enough fund to arrange a trip for Sockets to return to her soldier in America.

A blind cat found her soldier in Afghanistan. They started feeding her and grew attached to her and named her Sockets. “Sockets plays and gets around like any cat. She climbs and runs around, but does it with no eyes.”

blind cat sockets from Afghanistan goes to forever home in US

They wanted Sockets to have a wonderful life in a safe home in the US, so contacted Nowzad for help. Once Sockets arrived in the shelter, she was treated for her eyes and just kept purring along the way.

blind cat sockets from Afghanistan goes to forever home in US

With generous donations, they were able to collect enough fund to reunite Sockets with her soldier in America. This is her on her way to her new home.

blind cat sockets from Afghanistan goes to forever home in US

Sockets finally home in America

blind cat sockets from Afghanistan to forever home in US

Photos by Nowzad. Follow them on Facebook.

A stray cat was found by a soldier who gave her his food. That was the moment, the ginger and white cat decided that he would be her caretaker. This is the story of a cat rescued in Afghanistan and her human trying to take her home to the US.

Lisa’s rescuer wrote:

It was a cold, wet, dreary morning and I was getting ready to start my guard shift. Endless hours of solitude and silence… I opened the door to my guard shack and found that there were little muddy paw prints everywhere! And I mean everywhere!

I also found two bones both gnawed down to nothing. Around the time I finished (cleaning up), I heard a loud meow coming from outside the door. I opened it and right between my legs shot an orange blur of fur. I began to look around for what came rushing in and there, huddled in the corner under the table, was a scared little orange and white kitten.

She was very shy at first and refused to budge from her hiding spot. I gave her one of my boiled eggs and bacon and sure enough shortly after wolfing them down she began to stir. In performing my duties, I eventually lost track of her. When she popped back up, I couldn’t help but smile. She had moved from her corner and was soundly sleeping behind my laptop under the heater.

After a few hours, she awakened, apparently with the attitude that this guard shack was her domain and I was her newfound caretaker. And she knew how to get what she wanted. After crying relentlessly I gave in and handed her the rest of my bacon. She was so hungry that even as she was swallowing she kept meowing. She was relentless. She was hungry. And she was loud as hell. I decided to name her Lisa, after the comedian Lisa Lampanelli because she is known for her bawdy loud humor, piercing voice… And she has a mouth on her that just won’t quit. A fitting name, I think!

The next morning I came down to my guard shack and to my surprise, she was gone. I thought to myself that it was no big deal, it was better that I didn’t get attached. The sentiment was short-lived, however, as a mere five hours later, Lisa showed up again and howled for more food. After a few more days Lisa began to come out of her shell and trust me. Her love of attention and pampering began to rival her love of food. Her favorite new toy became my PEQ 15, a laser sight for my M4 Carbine. My lap also became Lisa’s favorite place to relax. She became, and has become, a regular fixture in my day. In spite of my best efforts, I have grown very fond of her and can’t imagine leaving her behind. The thought of not knowing what would become of her if she were left is unbearable. She has become a light in my day, and a source of joy in a place where joy is truly hard to come by. Lisa has become my companion, and I hope that, as her adopted caretaker, I can do right by her and take her home. Home to a place where she will live out her days sitting on my lap, being taken care of and very far away from here.

Lisa was found by a soldier deployed in Afghanistan. He gave her his food, and she decided that he would be her caretaker.

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One of Lisa’s favorite resting spots – her soldier’s laptop.

soldier rescue cat in afghanistan

“She has become a light in my day, and a source of joy in a place where joy is truly hard to come by. Lisa has become my companion, and I hope that, as her adopted caretaker, I can do right by her and take her home. Home to a place where she will live out her days sitting on my lap, being taken care of and very far away from here.”

soldier rescue cat in afghanistan

Thanks to Nowzad and all the generous donations, Lisa’s now fully funded and will be soon reunited with her soldier at her new home in the US!

A ginger stray cat named “Goldi” has become an office cat for the US soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, providing them comfort and a sense of home.

Goldi’s Rescuer says:

Our little “Goldilocks” came to be part of our family after the area we work in was expanded and a new fence line fenced her and her family inside the new parameter. We had seen her and her mother scurry in and out of storage container located around our work site, foraging through our trash for what food she could salvage. We never saw her around the office area.

That all changed one day when we got to the office and entered the maintenance bay and found her resting in a container on top of a trash can. No one messed with her and let her stay. When she decided to get up it was like she lived there her whole life, she took the place over and has been with us ever since. Now when people enter the maintenance bays she greets them as if to show off her new home.

“Goldi” has become a loving fixture. Surprisingly she gets along well with everyone she comes across. Now she loves to sleep on the office chairs and on sits on our desk in front of the computer monitors. Where she once shied away from people she now loves nothing more than to be around them.

If and when the scheduled draw down happens we are all concerned of what will happen to our “feral” little friend. We have a good place for her in Arkansas, she will be a great addition to our farm family and always be loved.

Goldi, a stray ginger cat became part of the family of a group of soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.

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She is a loving fixture, providing soldiers there with comfort and a sense of home.

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“Where she once shied away from people she now loves nothing more than to be around them.”

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Goldi is getting help from Nowzad so that she can go to her home in Arkansas. Nowzad is an US/UK registered animal rescue organization that takes in stray & abandoned animals in Afghanistan. Follow them on Facebook.

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A tiny kitten (named IL76) started her life in Dubai and somehow strayed onto a flight en route to Afghanistan when she was just 10 days old. With help from the flight crew and a rescue group, this kitty eventually found a forever loving home in the US.

Nowzad wrote on their website:

IL76 story is an unusual one to say the least. IL76 started her life in Dubai and at around 10 days old she stowed away on a flight from Dubai to Afghanistan!

The crew that were unloading the cargo from the plane got a real shock when they came across a tiny kitten of around 10 days old but they immediately took her in and started to care for her.

At that age it is difficult to feed and keep alive a kitten in a country where you have access to replacement milk and vets but in Afghanistan this would normally be pretty much impossible to do! Despite this the crew that found her persevered and made a bottle for her and started feeding her with cows milk and to everyone’s surprise she responded well and day by day she grew stronger.

She eventually earned the name of IL76 after the aircraft she stowed away on and her owners soon realized they did not want to leave her behind and asked Nowzad for help. Originally IL76 was destined to be shipped to the Philippines but her owner moved to Papua New Guinea and unfortunately because of the strict quarantine regulations it was proving all but impossible to send her to PNG.

In March 2012 after IL76 had been with us for a year we were able to find her a new forever home in the USA with a lovely lady who had a cat we rescued from Iraq a few years ago. We quickly made arrangements for flights and IL76 flew to America where she found herself a new name, Mickey.

Today, Mickey spends her days playing on the cat condo’s in her new home and getting up to all the things cats do!

IL76 was born in Dubai, but somehow strayed onto a flight to Afghanistan when she was just 10 days old.

IL76 rescue kitten from afghanistan

The crew was shocked when they found her but immediately took her into their care.

IL76 rescue kitten from afghanistan

The crew from the cargo flight nursed her back to health.

IL76 rescue kitten from afghanistan

She eventually earned the name of IL76 after the aircraft she stowed away on.

IL76 rescue kitten from afghanistan

They asked Nowzad to help their little stowaway. After staying with Nowzad for a year, they finally found her a home in the States.

IL76 rescue kitten from afghanistan

“Today, (IL76 renamed Mickey), spends her days playing on the cat condo’s in her new home and getting up to all the things cats do!”

IL76 rescue kitten from afghanistan

Photos by Nowzad, a non-profit charity organization aimed to improve the welfare of the animals of Afghanistan. Follow them on Facebook.

A tiny kitten was rescued by the soldiers deployed overseas and soon became part of their team. Everyone took turns to take care of the kitty. In return, he gave the soldiers comfort and a sense of home.

Here is his story in his soldiers’ own words:

“Charlotte AKA Charlie was found as a kitten during a mission on route Charlotte. He was alone at the time and not wanting her to get run over by the convoy we picked him up. He was probably only a few months old and curled up inside a helmet on the ride back to base.

On the compound he quickly became a part of the small team. Everyone helped to take care of him between taking milk, tuna and chicken from the dining hall to having family mail cat shampoo and toys. He’s always been great at relieving stress after long days on operations and has really become part of the family that guys grow to depend on during deployments. We’ve had him five months now and with our redeployment soon we want to find a way to bring him back to the States so we know he’ll be safe and not have to struggle to survive.

His impact on the guys has been tremendous especially given that not one of them could would have claimed to be a cat person before we found him.

Certainly a very special animal that has had a huge impact on this deployment. If you are wondering why his name is Charlotte AKA Charlie it is because when we first found him on route Charlotte we thought he was a female but on arrival at the Nowzad Shelter ‘she’ was actually found to be a ‘he’ so is now known as Charlotte AKA Charlie!”

With help from Nowzad, today Charlotte is living happily in his forever loving home in the US.

Charlotte the cat was rescued by a team of soldiers during a mission on route Charlotte

kitten rescued by soldiers in afghanistan

He soon became part of the family that soldiers grew to depend on during deployments

kitten rescued by soldiers in afghanistan

They took turns to take care of little Charlotte, even had family mail cat shampoo and toys.

kitten rescued by soldiers in afghanistan

Charlotte on his way to his forever home in the US

kitten rescued by soldiers in afghanistan

 They rescued Charlotte and brought him into their compound. He gave the soldiers comfort and a sense of home.

kitten rescued by soldiers in afghanistan

Photos by Nowzad, a non profit charity organization that makes a difference to the lives of animals in Afghanistan. Follow them on Facebook.

A tortie cat strayed into a soldier’s heart when he was deployed in Afghanistan. After treating her for a cut, he knew that he couldn’t part with her.

Bryant Smith wrote: “Crackers started coming around our building in Jan 2012. Poor thing was skin and bones, so I started feeding her when I saw her. She would run up and meow at me every time she saw me. I didn’t want to get attached to her, because I had no idea about being able to get her home…but I couldn’t resist her. One night, after being gone for a week, she suddenly appeared at my door (which was a first) and was meowing outside of it, so I snuck her inside. She looked horrible, starving and dehydrated. I spent the next couple of weeks doctoring a cut she had on her leg, and keeping her out of the two feet of snow. After that, she was my buddy, coming by every day for a warm bed and food. I found that she had a particular love for peanut butter crackers, of all things…hence the name.

When the Camp I live at started to catch the cats in traps, I panicked-and did everything I could to keep her out of sight of those that wanted to catch her. I was fortunate enough to be able to contact NOWZAD and arrange a pick up.”

Nowzad raised enough money to help fly Crackers to the US to her soldier. After months of fundraising and preparation, they got Crackers a ticket to her forever home.

“She meows constantly. I always laugh at how torties do that,” Smith added.

Crackers the tortie cat strayed into the heart of a soldier in Afghanistan

afghan rescue cat Crackers and her soldier

He couldn’t part with her. With help from Nowzad, Crackers is now at her forever loving home in the US.

afghan rescue cat Crackers made it home in america

Photos by Nowzad, a non profit charity organization that makes a difference to the lives of animals in Afghanistan. Follow them on Facebook.