The founder of the Powys Animal Rescue among the volunteers who helped transport the Pen Farthing dogs
The founder of an animal rescue center in Wales was among the volunteers who helped transport the cats and dogs from Pen Farthing.
Farthing arrived at Heathrow Airport with 173 rescues from his animal charity Nowzad in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday August 29, and was greeted by a number of vehicles involved in their transport to their centers of quarantine.
Among them was the founder of Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary, Graham Geran, who had volunteered to pick up some of the dogs for free in a special transport vehicle.
Animal rescue, based in Powys, is on the list of government approved premises and carriers for rabies quarantine in England, Wales or Scotland.
Graham told ITV: “I was up at three in the morning because I was supposed to be at Heathrow by 7:30 am … quarantine center.
There were reportedly around 18 other vehicles involved in transporting the animals.
Speaking about the dogs, Graham said, “They got out of the crate and they jumped on us.
“Street dogs like those in Afghanistan, they are treated very badly … but all dogs want is to be loved.”
Graham also revealed that he had received “numerous phone calls” from people wishing to adopt the animals after finding out he was involved in their transport.
He added to ITV: “People want to adopt the dogs, so they will come out in quarantine and in good homes.
Lorraine Edwards of the Lozzas Lurcher Rescue dog charity, based in Hertford, Hertfordshire, also helped move the Nowzad animals to their facilities.
She told the BBC: “Despite the long journey they are in incredible condition and after four months in quarantine they will receive the wonderful new homes they deserve.”
The animals, with an estimated total of around 100 dogs and 70 cats, are in quarantine kennels across the UK, with hundreds seeking adoption – however, their welfare is currently unknown.
A spokesperson for Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary has since told TeamDogs: “We only provided transport for some dogs when Pen landed at Heathrow, we took them to a quarantine facility so we don’t know really how they’re doing. ”
A statement from Nowzad said: “Our animals that survived the Nowzad clinic trip to Afghanistan in the UK are now safely in quarantine kennels being treated with DEFRA.”
DEFRA has yet to provide an update on animal welfare.