Bandit

Meet Bandit~

“For the last several months, our team of contractors have noticed two dogs that continually sit at the entrance to our base. We work at a NATO base called HKIA – Hamid Karzai International Airport. Each day we arrive and each night we depart, these 2 dogs are waiting to greet us at the entry control point (ECP). We named the Black one “Bandit”. She is timid and a little afraid of people, undoubtedly due to abuse from the locals that she has suffered for most of her life. The ECP consists of a concrete-walled in road that leads to the main gate. It is littered with thousands of pieces of trash and garbage that is strewn across the ground. Bandit sleeps in the same pile of trash every night. A few of us began feeding her breakfast and dinner…unfortunately, we have no access to dog food so we just end up feeding her cafeteria food from our local dining facility. The Afghans that also work on our base regularly abuse her each day that they walk by both dogs. We have warned them on numerous occasions to stop, but they never listen to us. As a result of the daily torture they endure at the hands of Afghans, Bandit is very submissive. However, with time, we noticed her becoming more and more friendly when we are able to spend time with her, as she appears to be starving for not just food, but for attention and love. It is always difficult to leave both dogs alone, out in the trash, each night. With winter and the rainy season approaching, the days and nights are becoming colder and wetter. These dogs have nowhere to find shelter or refuge from the deteriorating weather conditions. We normally arrive to work in the morning only to find her shaking from the cold and curled up in the mud & weeds. To keep them in these conditions for much longer will not be good for their ability to thrive and live a happy life. She has demonstrated a capacity to love unconditionally, as proven by her demeanor, loyalty and friendly personality. She deserves to be loved by a family who can provide them the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and health care. Although my current situation at home does not allow me to adopt these dogs at the present time, I have worked a deal with my co-worker who is able to provide Bandit with a second chance at life. Both dogs are also at risk for euthanasia by the vector control shop that operates on our base. They have already euthanized hundreds of stray puppies that mistakenly wander onto our base. Time is running short and I am hoping for a miracle. UPDATE: On 12 Dec 2018, Bandit and her companion were successfully picked up by the Tigger House shelter in Kabul. Bandit and her friend are now awaiting funding to be approved for their trip to the States and a second chance at life.”