The founder of an animal rescue center in Wales was among the volunteers who helped transport the cats and dogs from Pen Farthing.
Farthing arrived at Heathrow Airport with 173 rescues from his Nowzad Animal welfare organization in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday August 29th and was greeted by a number of vehicles transporting them to their quarantine centers.
Underneath was Wales Monkey and Monkey Sanctuary Founder Graham Geran, who had volunteered to collect some of the dogs free of charge in a special transport vehicle.
The Powys-based animal rescue service is on the perform Government approved rabies quarantine facilities and transport companies in England, Wales or Scotland.
Graham told the story ITV : “I was up at three in the morning because I had to be at Heathrow by 7.30 …”
Around 18 other vehicles are said to have been involved in the transport of the animals.
About the dogs, Graham said, “They came out of the box and jumped straight at us.
“Afghan street dogs are treated very badly … but the dogs just want to be loved.”
Graham also announced that he had received “numerous phone calls” from people trying to adopt the animals after it was discovered he was involved in their transportation.
He added ITV : “People want to adopt the dogs so that they can go into quarantine and into a good home.
Lorraine Edwards of the Dog Relief Organization Lozza’s Lurcher Rescue, based in Hertford, Hertfordshire, also helped bring the Nowzad animals to their facilities.
She said that BBC : “Despite the long journey they are in amazing condition and after four months of quarantine they will get the wonderful new home they deserve.”
The animals, with an estimated total of around 100 dogs and 70 cats, are in quarantine kennels across the UK and hundreds of people are keen to adopt them – but their wellbeing is currently unknown.
A spokesman for the Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary has since said: Team dogs : “We were only transporting a few dogs when Pen landed at Heathrow, we put them in a quarantine facility so we don’t know how they are doing.”
A statement from Nowzad states: “Our animals that survived the journey from the Nowzad Clinic in Afghanistan to Great Britain are now safely in quarantine kennels that are processed by DEFRA.”
DEFRA has not yet provided any information on animal welfare.