Kallee was found at the end of December last year when some soldiers out on patrol saw local children severely mistreating a puppy. The soldiers paid the children a dollar for this “little ball of fluff” and she was soon passed around the base and became beloved by nearly everyone.
While many soldiers pitched in – training her with basic commands and teaching her housebreaking – she had won the heart of one in particular – Sgt. Mark Greiner -- and he intended to give her a home.
Kallee left for the Nowzad shelter around mid-March with two interpreters who had agreed to transport her to Kabul when they went home on leave.
They coordinated with NOWZAD volunteers to pick her up and on March 11 Louise let Mark’s wife know that Kallee had made it safely to the shelter. This was a huge relief as there was a lot of uncertainty as to whether she would actually reach Kabul.
At that time she was only about four and a half months old.
Once Kallee was safely at the shelter, Mark’s wife set up a chip-in page and her sister and a couple of friends in the Navy donated.
The Greniers got the rest of Kallee’s rescue money from savings. They were hoping to get her home while Mark was on leave but unfortunately the timing of her rabies shot prohibited that.
Finally, on April 28th Kallee made it to the United States.
Anne, Mark’s wife, writes,
“The kids and I drove to Kansas City to pick her up and she bonded instantly with them. Our eldest loved her dearly before he ever met her. His therapy dog had passed away about the time Kallee got to the shelter so he was really looking forward to meeting her. With his autism, he bonds very deeply with animals compared to people so we were a bit nervous about it working out. Turns out, it did and she slept on him all the way home. Both of our children are crazy about her and she loves them beyond anything. She has settled in very well and LOVES everything/everybody with all the puppy exuberance she has.
She has been a huge blessing to our family and even though at first I thought Mark was crazy for wanting to adopt her, I am so glad it worked out.”
From the SAC Fund to you, our donors: your help has made the maintenance of the Nowzad shelter, the vaccines, the animal care, and these valuable rescues possible.