Pen Farthing: ‘Animals in a cargo hold never got in the way of people getting on a flight’

Pen Farthing: ‘Animals in a cargo hold never got in the way of people getting on a flight’

The first time Farthing set off for the airport – with two buses of staff and their families, from one-year-old babies up to 80-year-old grandparents, along with two trucks piled with crates of cats and dogs – they were stopped four times at Taliban roadblocks on the five-mile journey.

Afghanistan: Fears dog rescuer Pen Farthing may not be able to leave

Afghanistan: Fears dog rescuer Pen Farthing may not be able to leave

It is feared time is running out for Pen to be able to get home – even alone (Picture: @PenFarthing) He is not currently at the airport, but said this morning that he is going to try again (Picture: PA) Pen speaking to the BBC last night for an update on the situation (Picture: BBC)‘The Taliban obviously control the outer part of the airfield, so there is nothing I can do.

Dog rescuer Pen Farthing will board Kabul evacuation flight with his animals

Dog rescuer Pen Farthing will board Kabul evacuation flight with his animals

Pen Farthing refused to leave the country without his rescue dogs (Picture: Getty Images/PA)A former Royal Marine who founded an animal shelter in Kabul has made it through the airport’s security with his dogs and is awaiting an evacuation flight.

Ex-marine Pen Farthing and pets cleared for Afghanistan evacuation

Ex-marine Pen Farthing and pets cleared for Afghanistan evacuation

The former Royal Marine and his supporters had been campaigning to get his staff from the Nowzad charity shelter as well as their families, 140 dogs and 60 cats evacuated from the country in a plan he named Operation Ark. In a tweet posted on Friday evening, the MoD said: “Pen Farthing and his pets were assisted through the system at Kabul airport by the UK armed forces.

Ex-marine vows not to flee Kabul without his animal rescue staff

Ex-marine vows not to flee Kabul without his animal rescue staff

Animal welfare activist Dominic Dyer started the campaign, and said he has been in touch with Mr Farthing after his wife tried to leave Kabul.

Covid sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus with 94% accuracy

Covid sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus with 94% accuracy

Last year, scientists at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene began a trial to see if dogs trained to sniff coronavirus could help ease travel restrictions.

Operation Baghdad Pups helps serviceman, dog reunite in US

Operation Baghdad Pups helps serviceman, dog reunite in US

The nonprofit’s program Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide has helped more than 1,000 servicemen and woman reunite with their dogs since 2008.Courtesy Patrick BradyBecause Brady had to quarantine on a military base in North Carolina for two weeks as a pandemic precaution, Marshmallow lived with his parents until they were finally reunited.

38 French bulldog puppies found dead in cargo on plane

38 French bulldog puppies found dead in cargo on plane

At least 500 puppies were on board the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane at Toronto Pearson Airport, officials said yesterday.The animals were French bulldogs, a popular breed in Canada, and Scott Weese of the University of Guelph told CBC that puppy sales are ‘lucrative’ in the country.

Animal charity saves 25 dogs by flying them over to the UK

Animal charity saves 25 dogs by flying them over to the UK

The dogs met their new owners when they arrived at the airport (Picture: Madeleine Poolman)An animal charity has just saved the lives of 25 dogs .Avoiding slobbery dog kisses – another use for face masks (Picture: Madeleine Poolman)If you fancy adopting a dog of your own, you can visit the animal charity’s website.

Therapy dogs stationed at UK airport to help nervous flyers

Therapy dogs stationed at UK airport to help nervous flyers

Southampton International Airport has employed some four-legged helpers (Picture: Therapy Dogs Nationwide)A UK airport has come up with a fur-proof way to make flights more enjoyable for nervous flyers.

Woman flies American Airlines with service miniature horse

Woman flies American Airlines with service miniature horse

Passengers and crew members on the American Airlines flight to Omaha, Nebraska, were just as intrigued by the 135-pound service animal named Flirty.“Even the pilots had to come out and say ‘hi,’” Flirty’s owner, Abrea Hensley, on Instagram.

Therapy: Therapy pooches and cats help youngsters fight stress and anxiety

Therapy: Therapy pooches and cats help youngsters fight stress and anxiety

These therapy dogs are specially trained to heal, connect and play with youngsters, and to make them feel happy and comfortable. Pune-based therapy dog owner Garvita Shah says, “It is a misconception that youngsters suffering from depression, anxiety and sadness only seek pet ‘therapy’.

First UK airport to get permanent team of therapy dogs to calm nervous fliers

First UK airport to get permanent team of therapy dogs to calm nervous fliers

A new crew will be walking the airport from Saturday (Picture: Aberdeen International Airport)A Scottish airport is getting UK’s first permanent therapy dog team to help calm nervous fliers.

Prize-winning show dog vanishes at airport before flight: 'A horrible ordeal'

Prize-winning show dog vanishes at airport before flight: 'A horrible ordeal'

Gale, a 22-month-old American Staffordshire terrier, was scheduled to fly to Amsterdam on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and had cleared security in her crate at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta three hours before the flight, her owner, Floris van Essen, told Atlanta's NBC affiliate WXIA.Gale, a show dog from the Netherlands, has been missing since Saturday after breaking free from her crate at an Atlanta airport.

Dog travels 3,000 miles to reunite with soldier who saved her life

Dog travels 3,000 miles to reunite with soldier who saved her life

The dog was found surrounded by rubble (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)‘When we got back to camp, she lived in my room, I looked after her, I was responsible for her.

Dog escapes from cargo centre at Manchester Airport

Dog escapes from cargo centre at Manchester Airport

Cola vanished shortly after arriving to the UK from Cyprus (Picture: Facebook/ Kayte Wilson-Smith)Cola was recused from Cyprus by the Baytree Pointer Setter Rescue group. Shortly before he disappeared the group posted a picture of the dog to Facebook saying: ‘The lovely Cola has just landed..

Sniffer dog finds £450million worth of drugs at UK airport

Sniffer dog finds £450million worth of drugs at UK airport

A sniffer dog helped detect 4,500 kilos of cocaine worth more than £450 million last year at one UK airport. Sniffer dog Honey works in the baggage hall area at London Gatwick Airport’s south terminal (Photo: Mirrorpix)The unit seized 4,000 kilos (four tonnes) of the drug since April alone.

Piper dead: Dog which kept airport safe for years before going viral with Top Gun photo dies

Piper dead: Dog which kept airport safe for years before going viral with Top Gun photo dies

In a Reddit question-and-answer forum, Edwards said Piper took about a year and a half of "passive training" - plus three days or so of acclimation to the goggles - to be ready for his chasing and patrolling duties.

Chewy: Puppy left in Las Vegas airport with heartbreaking note

Chewy: Puppy left in Las Vegas airport with heartbreaking note

“She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has no other option.”The heartbreaking letter went on to say the owner’s ex-boyfriend kicked the dog and now “he has a big knot on his head.”Airport authorities gave Chewy to Connie and Millie’s Dog Rescue in Las Vegas where he has received numerous offers for adoption and “tremendous interest.”This story was originally published on Fox News and is republished with permission.

Cat that ran loose for a week in JFK Airport finally caught

Cat that ran loose for a week in JFK Airport finally caught

Picture: Port Authority Police DepartmentSource:SuppliedTHE cat, a female feline named Pepper, was to travel to China with her owner who was taking up a new job. #PAPD police officers are continuing their efforts to rescue Pepper and return to her owner.