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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 ginger kitty helping soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

“Tower Cheetah helping me guard my camp in Afghanistan. He was probably the most spoiled cat in the camp. This tower had around a platoon of 40 or so guys that rotated through when on guard duty and keep him company,” said Bhas via reddit.

“The camp was a Canadian camp that stationed a company plus sized group.” Tower Cheetah made his home there. “He definitely helped pass the time and always cuddled up to you at night. He also personally defended the tower and attacked a camel spider that was invading our tower,” he added.

They named him Tower Cheetah.

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

“He helped me guard his tower/camp/his home for most of the year.”

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

The tower is his.

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

“Absorbing the heat from the heater in front.”

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

“He definitely helped pass the time and always cuddled up to you at night.”

A tower Cheetah helps soldiers guard their camp in Afghanistan.

Photos via imgur.

Staff Sgt. Jarrod of the US Air Force and his fellow soldiers stopped everything they were doing to save the life of a tiny kitten during a sandstorm in Iraq.

At the time, Jarrod’s job was to patrol off base for about 14 hours a day despite the weather. During one of the very bad sandstorms, Jarrod discovered a tiny ball of fur covered in mud squirming around in a pile of trash on the side of the road. The next thing they saw was a tiny, starving kitten crying for help. She was very filthy and could barely stand. They immediately brought her to safety in their truck and had her cleaned up with a few bottles of water. It was then they realized that she was a gorgeous white kitten.

“Everyone was all about helping her. Seems like people tend to think you turn into some heartless and savage when you deploy into war zones. It’s just not the case for the majority. Everyone I know has pets. It’s no different than seeing a man, woman, or child in need. you just stop and help, it’s the right thing to do,” said Jarrod via Catster.

They made the kitten a comfortable place to rest in with a towel, water and food. She was so hungry that she just couldn’t get enough of the food. “She ate like she’d never been fed before,” he added.

They named her Nala, after The Lion King because she was a little fighter who survived such a difficult condition.

Back on the base, they built her a little fort. She even received little care packages with all kind of toys, food and goodies from many people. Nala is now bigger and stronger, and safe and sound. She’s bringing the soldiers a lot of comfort and a sense of home.

Staff Sgt. Jarrod of the US Air Force and his fellow soldiers stopped everything they were doing to save the life of a tiny kitten during a sandstorm in Iraq.

Soldiers Save Kitten from Iraq Sandstorm

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They made the kitten a comfortable place to rest in with a towel, water and food.

Soldiers Save Kitten from Iraq Sandstorm

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Lots of thanks to Jarrod and Carol for the photos and story. Check out their Kitty Page. Original interview by Dorian Wagner at Catster.

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A soldier who has previously adopted an abandoned cat from Cyprus is on a journey to bring another cat to his home in the UK.

“Those who have met me will know I’m a bit of a softy when it comes to animals. Having just recently lost my dog after 15 years I was devastated, made worse by the fact that I was away.

Four years ago, whilst stationed in Cyprus, I found an abandoned feral kitten that I had no luck re-homing so I ended up taking her myself. At the time I remember being worried that my dog wouldn’t accept the kitten and I was pleasantly surprised when they seemed to get on. Bizarrely my dog did chase her on a daily basis but they were good friends. Now that my dog has gone my cat does look for him daily which is very sad,” wrote Alan, a British soldier (via Nowzad).

“4 weeks ago another cat took up residence near the cookhouse and I named him ‘Howard’. My old unit, ‘The Green Howard’s’, is disbanding this month after 325 years, so Howard seemed appropriate at the time.

Howard is a young playful black cat who, like all the other cats here, is only trying to survive. Afghanistan can be quite a harsh place to live if you’re a human let alone an animal, rumors were circulating that another cull was planned in the near future and although I can’t save them all, I want to try and give Howard a chance,” Alan added.

Alan reached out to Nowzad, a non profit animal rescue group that works to save stray cats and dogs in Afghanistan. “Without the exceptional support of charity organisations like Nowzad cats like Howard wouldn’t stand a chance. Funded solely through donations, what they do is absolutely fantastic and can at times be dangerous given the security implications here.”

“I would like to give Howard a new home and hopefully fly him back to the UK with all the necessary checks,” he said. “I return home after 8 months deployed; my experience in Afghanistan has been quite sad at times and although work wise I have found it rewarding, bringing Howard home would be a wish come true.”

Howard will be the second cat that Alan adopted from his overseas deployment.

Meet Howard who has stolen the heart of a British soldier, Alan, while he is deployed overseas

black stray cat finds soilder

Alan adopted and took home a rescue cat when he was stationed in Cyprus. When he met Howard, he knew he couldn’t leave him in Afghanistan.

black stray cat finds soilder

Howard will be the second cat Alan takes home from his overseas deployment. “My experience in Afghanistan has been quite sad at times and although work wise I have found it rewarding, bringing Howard home would be a wish come true,” Alan said.

black stray cat finds soilder

You can help bring Howard home to his soldier through their fundraising page. Check out Nowzad and their Facebook to see more rescues that also need our help.

>>>>Update from Nowzad: Pia also made it to America where she is staying with a friend of her owner for a few days [Picture below]

>>>>Update from Nowzad: Pia has hit target and we can get her on the freedom bird home very soon!

>>>>>We removed the fundraising link from the story since it has been taken down after they met the target for PIA :). YAY for PIA!

A soldier rescued a little furry fella in Afghanistan. They bonded and one thing led to another, he knew that there was no way he could part with the little kitty. This is their story and him trying to bring the kitty home to his family (source: Nowzad Dog):

soldier rescued kitten bring home to US

Hello My name is SSG Tim Ott, and this little gal in the crux of my arm is PIA. I’ve been deployed, again to a world that makes me realize how lucky I am to be serving my country and helping others – those times are hard when I am separated from my lovely wife and two wonderful children.

However, I believe that there is always a plan in this world, and God saw fit to bring PIA into my life.

One day I hear this faint meow on our compound, and see this l’l scrawny kitten looking up at my big 6’2 frame, I guess hunger out won the fear of something bigger looming over her…and that is when my heart strings were tugged at. I picked her up, and she started purring, melted my heart that something so innocent, scared and small, could show love in the hardest places to survive.

PIA has become a constant companion to me, I ensure she was fed, rounded up funds to get her fixed and her shots…and she reminds me how wonderful I do have a home back in the US, and the love and support my family has provided me through these rough times.

I have had some down days, missing them, and as I sit outside thinking of home, this little cat with the biggest heart knows when to cuddle up in my arms, as I think of my family and the warmth and laughter in my home. I know, without a doubt, my morale has been picked up by PIA’s love and loyalty to a big guy in a place far away from his loved ones….I would think the only right thing to do is bring her back to my family, especially my daughter who has been asking about her since the day I shared her story with them.

…she deserves to be given a chance to live a life without fear or hunger, and with unconditional love.

>>>>Update from Nowzad: Pia also made it to America where she is staying with a friend of her owner for a few days

rescue afghan cat arrived home in the US

Source: Nowzad Dog.

Kevin Davidson, a US soldier Pfc. shared a photo of him and their adopted cat in Kuwait on reddit. It went viral. He explained the story behind the photo:

“His name is PFC Bartholomew. I did not find him. I support another unit and their Lieutenant found him on Christmas Eve and realized how much the soldiers would love having a cat,” Kevin wrote on reddit. “Despite the fact that ‘adopting as pets or mascots, caring for, or feeding any type of domestic or wild animals’ is a punishable offense under the UCMJ, taking in a furry local is commonly overlooked,” Stars and Stripes reported.

“I was sitting in my tent with two of my soldiers and I heard a ‘meow.’ I went outside and found this cat laying on one of the [temporary barriers]. I picked him up and brought him in our tent to show him to everyone.” Later Davidson let the cat out, but the kitty kept coming back inside. “After that, the cat just sort of moved into our tent with us.” (via Stars and Stripes)

The troops who found the cat brought him into the base and started giving him food and petting the little feline. “Because the cat was a risk for rabies and disease, the commander of the unit wanted to euthanize the feline. Instead, the company executive officer took the cat to the nearest installation with a veterinarian.”

“He took him to a vet and had had him vaccinated, neutered, a chip put in, and his ear notched so people would know he was safe…. He has already obtained 2 confirmed mice kills but the rat has been evading him for a week. I’ve promised him a membership to the Fish of the Month Club if he kills the rat,” Davidson added.

It’s tough for these soldiers to leave their families and go to an active-duty installation to train. “So this cat was the first thing I could hug or really show any affection to. It was very therapeutic,” said Davidson (via Stars and Stripes).

“After seeing how he raised my morale and the morale of my team, I couldn’t take him away from all those soldiers still [based] there. After having a cat for a few weeks, I can honestly say that more pets for deployed soldiers would help with the depression and probably cut down on the amount of suicides. I’m not saying I considered suicide while deployed, but I had some dark days missing my wife and kids.”

Pfc. Kevin Davidson takes a break with his feline friend who was “adopted” by the soldiers at a U.S. base in Kuwait.

cat adopted in middle east befriends army soldier

cat adopted in middle east befriends army soldier

Napping together

cat adopted in middle east befriends army soldier

Source: Stars and Stripes. Photos courtesy of Kevin Davidson.