“Rugs for Rescues” Event to Benefit Stray Animals Adopted by Soldiers in Afghanistan

November 1, 4-9pm

“Rugs for Rescues” Event to Benefit Stray Animals Adopted by Soldiers in Afghanistan

Judy Croyle, a William Raveis real estate consultant in Providence, will host a fundraising event on November 1 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Nowzad Dogs, a non-profit organization benefitting stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan. The event, which will be held at ArtProv gallery at 150 Chestnut Street in Providence, will feature over 100 Afghan rugs and kilims for sale that were purchased in Afghanistan by Negeen Pegahi and her husband, Mike.

Negeen and Mike will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sale to Nowzad, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2007 by Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine from the United Kingdom who served in Afghanistan’s Helmand province and fell in love with a stray dog there. Since then, the organization has helped over 700 soldiers serving in Afghanistan be reunited in their home countries (USA, UK, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Holland and Germany) with the dog or cat they adopted while serving. It also operates a veterinary clinic in Afghanistan that serves stray and abandoned animals. For his work, Pen has been named a 2014 Top 10 CNN Hero.

Negeen and her husband heard about Nowzad when they were serving on a small military camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, from June 2013 to June 2014.  

“At our military camp, we met a kitten who'd been born to one of the camp's strays,” explained Negeen. “Soldiers at the German camp next door had named her ‘Panzer,’ meaning ‘tank’ or ‘armor.’  We quickly fell in love with her and started looking into ways to get her home to the United States with us. After learning about Nowzad from a colleague, the organization helped us get Panzer healthy and home to Newport, Rhode Island. We couldn’t have gotten her here without Nowzad, and want to do whatever we can to help raise money for them and their work in Afghanistan.”    

The rugs that will be for sale during the fundraiser were all hand-knotted by women in Afghan villages, and made from natural fibers and vegetable dyes. Attendees can also purchase kilims, which were made by nomad women in Afghanistan with travelling looms. Prices for the items will range from $90 to over $2,000.

“As a real estate consultant, I work very closely with my clients, both buyers and sellers, to position their homes in the best light, and rugs can have such an impact on a space” said Judy. “These beautiful rugs Negeen and Mike are selling are inspiring, as is their support for Nowzad. As a dog owner and supporter of animal rescue efforts, I’m proud to help them reunite soldiers with their animal companions from Afghanastan by hosting this event.”

More information about Nowzad can be found here.