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Rescue Afghan dog arrives in Toronto sanctuary

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The Canadian Press

Canadian press

Tyler Griffin

Toronto —Saturday at 10am

A mixed-breed street dog named Papo Chasing a toy, he rolled in the sun on a recent sunny day in the dog sanctuary in eastern Toronto.

After a long journey from Tullivan-dominated Afghanistan to Canada, Papo's pace changed. Papo arrived last month with 10 other dogs evacuated from the country by the animal welfare group No Dogs Left Behind. .. Jeffrey Berry, a spokesman for the

group, said the organization Kabuled hundreds of dogs and cats from January after animals were left behind when the U.S. military withdrew from the country last summer. Said he brought him to Canada.

"I hope they get the love and attention they deserve," Beri said of the new life of Afghanistan dogs in Canada.

The last 10 dogs that arrived were either too young or not strong enough to travel on their first flight in January. The organization is now aiming to raise them and hire them in new homes as soon as they are rehabilitated and scrutinized.

When the dog first arrived at the "don't leave the dog" safe house, Beri was often traumatized and needed to start the rehabilitation process to trust humans again. Said.

Consistency and daily life are important factors for dog rehabilitation, he said. Sanctuary rescue dogs have a very tight schedule for eating, going out, cleaning shelters, and interacting with other dogs.

It was a complicated journey for animals. After the Disease Control and Prevention Center banned the import of dogs into the United States from countries considered to be at high risk for mad dog disease in dogs, including Afghanistan, Beri said it became more difficult to take dogs safely. Stated.

In January, Beri said he spent two weeks in Afghanistan to evaluate a dog caring for Kabul small animal rescue. Then he loaded them on a private freight plane and accompanied the animals on a trip to start their new life in Canada.

"Finally, the Afghans gave a free passage for dogs, I admire them for it," he said.

Returning to Toronto, Beri reunites with his emotional family in the animal sanctuary this week when the father of Papo's three puppies arrives a few days after the three young dogs. I remembered.

"We were all crying," Beri said. "He's here, he's free, he couldn't be happy to see Papo, and Papo couldn't be happy to see him."

This report by Canadian Press was first published on July 2, 2022.