The Soldiers’ Animal Companions Fund announces that effective May 15th we will no longer be collecting donations for the British charity Nowzad Dogs.
Before we began the fund in 2010, there was no way for United States citizens to make tax deductible donations to this charity. The SAC Fund provided that option for donors and we are proud to announce that during our operation 200 countries have visited our website, over $710,000 has been raised, and we have not only helped with the rescue of hundreds of dogs and cats, but sponsored a number of successful efforts to equip the clinic and support the shelter.
We also developed a connection with a PTSD service dog training program in Chicago, War Dogs Making It Home, and raised all the necessary funds for the transport and service training of the Nowzad dogs Louise suggested and they accepted. This has been another major accomplishment achieved by our donors. Unfortunately in a recent presentation by Pen, he mentioned Nowzad’s involvement in this area without any acknowledgment of SAC Fund donors’ support or of War Dogs’ work in training and establishing the veteran partnerships for these dogs. We believe all the organizations who made these achievements possible should be recognized.
As many of you know, in the time since we began Nowzad has formed their own charity in the United States. Although they have told us, “We have always been enthusiastic to discuss how we can move the Nowzad/SAC connection forward …”, in actual fact both times we tried to discuss working with their American branch, the Nowzad leadership literally left the table and walked away. Getting information on the rescues, while often difficult, has become even more so and we are not to have any contact with the new shelter manager.
Hannah and Pen have told us “Our 501 (c) (3) supports the 100 dogs, 40 cats and 4 donkeys we have in our care, the extensive veterinarian training we undertake, the village outreach projects and the TNBVR programs as well as the clinic and shelter that enables the soldier rescues to take place.” It seems Nowzad is operating from a much stronger position now and the help we provided in the past is no longer needed.
We will make our final grant to Nowzad on May 16th. After that date, any donations we receive will go to War Dogs Making It Home, which we will continue to support. Looking ahead, we will keep the SAC Fund open for a while as we look for another charity helping animals and soldiers that might need our assistance. While we will keep our donors informed, our donor information will remain confidential and will not be given to any other organization.
Please e-mail email@example.com or call us at (206) 569-4483 if you have any questions about this transition.
At this time we would like to give special recognition to the following:
There are very few of us here at the SAC Fund, so each of us has an essential role to play, but no one is more essential than Laura, our Facebook Administrator. When she approached us in 2011, asking if she could help, we told her we really needed someone to operate a Facebook page for the SAC Fund. Her exact words were,” I don’t know diddly about Facebook, but I’m willing to learn.” Well, “learn” she has and she has been a constantly effective, vital part of our efforts. Really a major part of our success. Thank you, Laura. We appreciate you more than you can imagine.
It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with you on this cause. We extend our appreciation to you for the many, many rescues, and shelter and clinic needs you’ve supported. And for these special partnerships:
AJ and Kala
Nate and Hannah
Matthew and Rufus
Robert and Livvy