Dogs from Afghanistan on the way to Maine – WGME

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The airlift to rescue dogs and cats from Kabul, Afghanistan is going forward.

All Paws Airlift met its funding deadline with just a few hours to spare.

Four hundred rescue dogs and cats are now being cared for in Kabul, Afghanistan. An organization, founded by an American, is planning to fly more than 300 rescue dogs and cats to the U.S. for adoption.

Right now, the clock is ticking on a mission to find homes in America for rescue dogs and cats in Afghanistan. (Kabul Small Animal Rescue)

“The goal is 200 dogs and 100 cats. And we are still desperately looking for homes for about 35 more dogs,” Kabul Small Animal Rescue Founder Charlotte Maxwell-Jones said.

The animals are scheduled to be transported on June 2. A couple of weeks ago, it was not certain that they would be able to raise the $775,000 needed to pay for the plane.

That’s when American dog and cat lovers stepped in and opened their wallets.

The money started flowing in, but by last week, the organization still needed more than $200,000. On Memorial Day, they finally made up the amount they needed.

Some of the rescue dogs will be coming to Maine. Passion for Pets in Brunswick will provide vet care for the dogs, then put them up for adoption.

“We told them that we would help with 10. We ended up taking 11. You know, we’d love to find these dogs homes right away,” Leann Ryan with Passion for Pets said.

Former MEA President Lois Kilby-Chesley plans to foster some of the dogs. She says some dogs worked for the U.S. Armed Forces but never made it back home.

“Many of the dogs that are now being brought over in this transport in June were dogs that worked for the U.S. Dogs that were left back on the tarmac, ready to go, but weren’t taken,” Kilby-Chesley said.

“There are also five puppies that were the offspring of one of the working dogs that she, sadly, died. But we have her puppies,” Maxwell-Jones said.

Maxwell-Jones says with new and more restrictive laws for allowing dogs into the U.S. taking effect in August, it was imperative to get these Kabul rescue pets on the June 2 flight.

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