We are on a mission to help Paws Unite People rescue 162 Afghans who worked with Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR), a US non-profit organization operating in Afghanistan during the US occupation of Afghanistan.
We have a group of 162 Afghan children, women, and men that need urgent relocation to the United States. Many of our group remains outside of Afghanistan, but it comes with a cost. Paws Unite People, our friends who are directly organizing and funding the movement of these people, are paying for the housing, food, and security — a cost that is becoming hard to maintain alone.
We need your help to fund the relocation and care of these Afghan people. Paws Unite People has created a Giving Grid fundraiser that you can use to securely donate to their fund to #RescueTheRescuers.
Thanks to donations like yours, some of these Afghan children and families have made it safely to the United States. One of the Afghan girls in the care of Paws Unite People will be able to go to school this year in the United States, an opportunity that doesn't exist for her in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
The 162 Afghan citizens in our group are the women and men who worked side-by-side with the operators of Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR) in Kabul, Afghanistan and their children and families. They are trained and professional veterinarians, working hard to rescue dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals from the streets of Kabul during and after the US occupation of Afghanistan.
In the long-term, Attempt Global and Paws Unite People are dedicated to helping these Afghan citizens reapply for and recertify for their careers in the United States. According to Banfield Pet Hospital, the shortage of qualified veterinarians in the United States will leave an estimated 75 million pets without veterinarian services by 2030.
For the children in our group, we hope to provide them with a safe place to study their desired academic goals and find opportunities that fit their desires within the United States. We encourage and promote their education, and we are already seeing one Afghan girl go into the school system here for a brighter future, an opportunity that doesn't exist for her in Afghanistan.
The 162 Afghan citizens in our group qualify for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) as they worked for and with a US non-profit organization based in Afghanistan during wartime. The closure of the US Embassy in Kabul prevented these Afghans from finalizing their documents and interview process with the State Department and the US government, preventing them from having a viable status to board US evacuation planes.
Paws Unite People has been working directly with the US State Department to evacuate these individuals and finish processing in a third-party country. The funds we need now are for housing costs outside of Afghanistan and relocation costs for those still stuck in Afghanistan.
We are pleased to hear that KSAR and their partners at SPCAI and other non-profit organizations have successfully evacuated the animals to Canada and other safe countries. We are focused on the people who were left behind and were not evacuated.
Although Paws Unite People has sought funding outside of the general community, including with non-profits and government agencies that were involved with the evacuation of the KSAR animals, attempts have been unsuccessful.
SPCA International, an organization that worked with KSAR to evacuate the animals, has provided a $20,000 match on donations to Paws Unite People.