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Echo and Syah, Afghani Rescue Cats — 9 Comments

  1. I was looking for NOWZAD related photos and found my cat! Thank You for highlighting NOWZAD and ECHO’s and Syah’s stories. Much gratitude. What has always struck me is how ECHO’s coat matched her soldier’s cami.
    As for Syah, he is doing great. He has two much older black cats to live with and five dogs. He’s a real attention wanter too. Here he is with Murphy (nee Buddy, from NOWZAD).
    Thank You again

  2. I feel beyond blessed to see you share our Echo’s story!! My husband could not leave her behind knowing the life (or more than likely lack of one) she would have there. For myself, we didn’t have the luxuries other families get during deployment like skype. I prayed he would get my packages, but many times he didn’t. Phone calls were mostly how we communicated and after he deployed he sounded less like my husband and much like a man on alert. A soldier. But when he would tell me about the cat they were taking care of, his voice became his again. Those moments meant everything to me. Since having her home in America she continues to give probably more than we gave her. When he is gone in the field or in a training for long periods of time Echo is my shadow. She is a piece of my husband when he is gone doing his duty. Knowing her story has changed our lives and we are committed to helping others know about Nowzad and Pen Farthing’s mission. Thank you so much for spreading the word!

    • Hi Krista, it is great to hear from you. Thank you very much for stopping by and sharing.

      But when he would tell me about the cat they were taking care of, his voice became his again.

      I love this sentence. It seems that Echo made your husband feel human again in a place that arguably dehumanises. Great to read.

      Happy Christmas.

      • Yes! She is quite a different cat! Spotted. She is very gentle with us, babies, even kittens we found out recently. However, her version of play was very rough compared to what our persian rescue cats were used to!! Also another strange thing about Echo is her meow. The vet always knows it is her because she doesn’t sound like a normal cat. It’s almost as if she has an accent!! When I first picked her up at the airport when she got to America I imagined she sounded that way from hours upon hours of meowing. No…she just sounds different! Her nose is also different. Looks more wide and flat.. it has the shape of a leopard cub than domestic cat nose. Thatcher, a recent Nowzad rescue has the same shape nose I noticed!

        • I have a sneaking suspicion that Echo has some wildcat genes. Could be second generation perhaps. It is common for the Near Eastern wildcat (a species of wild cat) to mate with domestic cats. They are very similar. The wildcat is the ancestor of the domestic cat as you no doubt know. They are all over that region.

    • Yes, it’s one of the few good things to come out of those disastrous wars. There is obviously a hell of a lot of work to do in Afghanistan and places like that to improve cat caretaking and welfare. Think of the millions of cats in the Middle and Far East that suffer and have short street lives. It makes me sad.

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