Soldiers’ Animal Companions Fund is a Donor Advised Fund, administered by Charities Aid Foundation America (CAFAmerica), a US 501c(3) public charity that specializes in the responsible oversight of global giving, American donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by law for their contributions. The Soldiers' Animal Companions Fund also known as SAC Fund is a donor advised fund established in 2010 to raise tax-deductible United States donations for the British charity Nowzad Dogs, a registered non-profit charity in the UK (number 1119185) assisting with companion animal rescues from Afghanistan’
Through the SAC Fund we strive to help those animals who’ve meant so much to our troops. Actually their value for the morale and health of our soldiers cannot be underestimated. These animals have often provided immeasurable comfort to those serving in harsh and extremely difficult situations.
Nowzad Dogs: established May 2007 Registered non-profit charity in the UK
Our mission statement: 'To relieve the suffering of animals, predominantly stray and abandoned dogs, in need of care, attention and to provide and maintain rescue facilities for the care and treatment of such animals, especially the dogs of Afghanistan'.
Donations are often made through the ‘chipin’ and ‘just giving’ pages, which are not tax deductible in the US, established for some animals, the general fund,etc. . . . Tax free donations for US residents should be made through www.SACFund.com – click on Donate Now. The donations are administered by Charities Aid Foundation America (CAFAmerica), a US 501c(3) public charity that specializes in the responsible oversight of global giving. These donations are made via Paypal or credit card. Those wishing to donate by check must fill out the Donor Form and mail with the check to CAFAmerica. At www.nowzaddogs.com donations are accepted in British Pounds, Euros, U.S., Canadian
Story of Delta
Life in Afghanistan is miserable for a dog, most of the day is spent hunting for scraps of food or hiding from the hot desert sun in the summer or the freezing cold of a winter night. There is definitely no pampered pet status in Afghanistan. And it’s miserable for many of our soldiers to see the abuse these animals endure.
The skinny, very pregnant dog had wandered onto the Forward Operating Base in eastern Afghanistan in mid-February, her fur dark with blood from a rope embedded in the flesh of her neck. She found some refuge from the bitter cold under a hut in the Medic Station, and there gave birth to seven puppies.
Though the military does not allow “pets”, the medic who found her and the others on base could not simply turn the mother and her family out into harsh weather to die. She was cleaned up, the rope carefully removed from the wound on her neck and given regular meals for the first time in her life. But the family was not truly safe.
Following regulations a lieutenant wanted all the dogs shot, but granted the medic 24 hours to remove the dogs from the base. With the help of Specialist Sheila Japczyk Schaffer, Iowa Army National Guard a plea was posted on the facebook page of Nowzad Dogs, a registered non-profit charity rescue for dogs in Afghanistan. The response was quick. By mid-March, mother and 6 pups found themselves delivered to the Nowzad rescue center in northern Afghanistan, One puppy stayed with the medic who had discovered them. Besides caring for and feeding the family the soldiers had given them names, Puppies – Bravo, Charlie, Echo, Freedom, General, Liberty – The mother was named Delta. They have become known as Delta and Company.
These troops will be coming home in July, but without Delta and Company. They need our help to see that these dogs make it out of Afghanistan and to soldiers’ waiting homes in the United States. To save these animals means so much to our troops who risk their lives for our country. A ‘chipin’ has been set up here - http://nowzaddogs.chipin.com/delta-and-pups to help the soldiers bring their friends home. There are also pictures and information about the family.
The total rescue costs for a single companion animal to travel to North America are on average $4000 - everything is subject to currency valuations and fuel prices on the day. Nowzad Dogs, a registered #1119185 British charity, www.nowzad.com does the work rescuing and transporting these dogs. The Soldiers’ Animal Companions Fund, www.sacfund.com , is the US fund-raising arm for Nowzad. US donors can make a tax-deductible donation to help Delta and her pups by going to SACFund- www.sacfund.com , clicking on the Donate Now link, and following up with an e-mail to
to let us know the amount of the donation meant for Delta and Company. Please help the soldiers bring Delta & Company home to the US!
Additional information about Nowzad Dogs and Soldiers Animal Companion Fund can be found on the websites given above, along with information on past and current rescues.