We are currently assisting a group of Afghan Animal Rescuers and their families. We are currently responsible for over 160 human lives. Without our help, they will not survive.
There is a fund for travel/legal and one for food/housing.
Right now, LIVING Expenses is MOST important as that is the immediate need.
We have added in all contributions from previous fundraisers as of 4/18/2022.
(NOTE: The giving Grid Fundraiser is there to pay off a loan we needed to take out to cover the groups expenses from Feb 15-March 15 2022. We are still paying that off. That campaign can be found here: Loan Pay Off)
We all watched in Horror as the last US plane and soldiers left Kabul at the end of August 2021 and an Animal Shelter's staff and animals who had been hoping to evacuate were left behind. The animals have safely made it to Canada, but the former staff is still waiting for help. Paws Unite People cares for them and we managed to secure a GENEROUS one-time private donation to cover the initial costs needed in order to get the group safe to a third country while they wait for their visa processing. We recieved funds raised by Puppy Rescue Mission for them and a Support Grant from SPCA International, but all of those funds have been exhausted as there are delays in the US Visa process.
The refugees in our group that are evavuated are afraid of being deported back to Afghanistan when funds run out. They have been beaten and assaulted there, one of them had her face burned with hot water, one suffered a severe concussion, one had his spine injured so badly from a beating he had to have corrective surgery, and there were several who barely escaped after attempts on their life. We are continuing to work to evacuate the remainder that want to leave and are continuing to liaison with the US State Department and attorneys to document the people who still need to leave that lost their paperwork during the suicide bombing at HKIA in August so they can exit the country. This has been a huge undertaking for our tiny rescue, but these people are worth the effort.
We are doing everything we can to help them. We have joined Afghan Evac Coalition and have made great strides in getting them safe, in particular, we have secured relatively inexpensive housing. Still it is a group of over 160 people, recently made a little larger still by the joyful arrival of 3 new babies, and they need substantial funds each month to survive. They need housing, food, some legal advice (for the visa) and some medical care for those injured. We urgently need your help with that, as we cannot do this alone.
The men, women, and children evacuated by our organization are NOT safe in Afghanistan. Their efforts AND THEIR LIVES should not be forgotten.
While they sit in a different country (or in safe houses in Afghanistan) waiting for the USG to tell us where to move them next, our organization is responsible for their food, medical expenses and housing. (AND also the flight to whatever base will be processing them)
Women cannot work.
Hazara are persecuted.
Some worked with USG.
Not one person who we are helping was safe... ever.
Without their efforts, none of the animals that arrived in Canada would be safe.
Paws Unite People is now their ONLY source of support.
We are a tiny rescue and are doing our best to make sure these people stay alive and safe.
We promised Dr Tahera and Akram, the 2 staff members who have made it to the USA, that we would make sure nobody is left behind.
Help us honor that promise.
They want to continue to help people and animals.
Together we can make that happen.