KABUL – War-torn Afghanistan is not known for its kind treatment toward dogs. From the popularity of dog fights, to grinding poverty, care of man's best friend has not been a top priority.

One former British soldier has taken on the battle to protect stray dogs and cats in her adopted country.

Louise Hastie and a team of Afghan nationals, operates the only official animal shelter in the country........

In six years, Nowzad has taken in thousands of animals of war, many of which were adopted by soldiers serving all over Afghanistan. The charity has organized the transport of over 400 dogs and cats to be reunited with former soldiers in the United States and the United Kingdom.

"These are animals who kept them going, gave them the few minutes of being normal every day," said Hastie. "It is unthinkable leaving a friend behind – so they are not going to want to leave a dog or cat behind."

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