stories 

Jaajaa found a home!

In March 2019, on the day of Vafa’s Nowruz Market, it was quite busy. It was on this day, a young boy brought a puppy, whom he had found and could not keep, to the shelter. The shelter could not accept new dogs, and puppies that young are in danger of catching...

Zico

In 2019, a man contacted us, and said that his son has brought a dog home. He said he feels sorry for the dog because his son is mistreating him. After hearing our suggestions, dad was able to convince the son to give the dog to a foster we had found. However, the...

Delroba

In 2016, a chubby puppy found her way to the shelter. She was very tiny....  Sweet and was cuddling with everybody. This adorable puppy was stealing hearts all the way, so Samira named her Delroba (Enchanting in Persian). But the shelter was not the best place for...

Fidel found his loving family

In Winter of 2019, on a Friday afternoon, a guy came to the shelter with his two Cane Corsos. He wanted to drop off only his female dog who was 2 years old. Since neither of the dogs were neutered/spayed, we were suspicious about him being involved in puppy mills and...

Belfido in Canada

In Spring 2018, a family bought a puppy from a puppy mill website. A few days later, the puppy fell ill with Parvo disease which needs constant care, IV and medications. To care for the ill puppy, the family had to visit the clinic every day or do all the work from...

 Almaas

Almaas (meaning Diamond in Farsi) Ms. Almaas was found in the Almaas shopping mall on Artesh Boulevard. Every day, as soon as the mall’s door opened she was always the first to enter.  It was obvious from her belly and nipples that Almaas is a nursing mom.  A few...

Hercules

Once upon a time, Hercules lived like a king. Together with two other Great Danes, he lived in a gated orchid west of Tehran.  He was healthy and strong. His human knew how a Great Dane should be fed and looked after. However, Hercules' owner like some others, was not...

Max

Five winters ago a family friend told us about three puppies that were surrendered to Vafa shelter.  The puppies were too young, weak and they may not have survived the cold winter of Hashtgerd. With help of two other family members we decided to each take one of the...

Felfel (Meaning Pepper in Farsi)

Here at the shelter everyone keeps their distance from Felfel, be it a human or a dog because he is spicy! Three years ago someone saw him tied to a rope, in front of a restaurant in the city of Yazd.  His hair was tangled and dirty, with some inedible leftover food...

Alp

 Adopted, in Ontario, Canada- December 2019 Alp was full of feelings and love. If someone touched his head he would give out a howling noise to show his gratitude and his craving for more attention. The question was who would want him with that defected skull? ...

Dubby

In February of 2016, Dubby was only 10 months old. He is a male Spitz breed who was living at Bandar Abbas in Iran at the time. Unfortunately, he was being physically abused by his owner. A kind traveler from Mehr-Shahr took notice of Dubby’s plight when traveling to...

Juniper (Jaanaan)

Jaanaan was a very small puppy when she was separated from her mother. She was so small that a shoelace was used as a collar as well as her leash.  As she grew the fur covered the shoelace, and it remained around her neck.  The people who separated her from her mother...

Rahaa

The arrival of Spring and the Iranian New Year was being felt in a small village around Abhar. It was a few days before the noise of fireworks would not stop.  Children gathered in groups to show off their collection of firecrackers and other fireworks to each other. ...

Dali (Alisha)

He was known as "Khaal Khaali", meaning "polka dots" in Persian. Some people also called him "Dali" because he is a Dalmatian breed. He used to live in a fenced orchard before coming to Vafa.  Somehow homeless dogs managed to get into the yard, and poor Dali got...

Franky

He was only three months old and very sick.  Severe mange had covered his whole body, and he was always hungry.  People constantly passed by, paying no attention to him and no one ever thought of helping him.  This all changed one warm summer day when Vafa Volunteers...

Omid

Omid (Meaning Hope in Persian) Omid’s story starts when a driver of a passing vehicle thought he saw something moving about a hundred meters away on the side of the road.  He was curious and worried, so he put his car in reverse to see what kind of creature was moving...

Delbar

Delbar (Meaning “charming” in Persian) All her life, Delbar lived in a cage, with the exception of a few minutes every day.  Her owner made a living by taking advantage of Delbar's misfortune and helplessness.  She was either pregnant or nursing.  Her heart was broken...

Kaanaapeh

Kaanaapeh (meaning Couch) Kaanaapeh was very small and young when he came to the shelter, where he stayed all his life.  The shelter was full of big dogs, and Kaanaapeh was petrified of them.  That is why he would always find a kennel which he could crawl to the very...

Poulaad

Poulaad (Meaning Steel) Poulaad was a guard dog at a stable for horses. He loved his job and was happy with his life.  Although no one ever pets him or cared for his health, his friendship with horses filled the lack of human compassion in his life. Poulaad was a...

Rosa 

Rosa lived on the side of a road with her sweet chubby puppies.  Maybe she was hoping a passing car might throw a piece of food to them.  Maybe she thought her and her puppies were safe there from human abuse.  Her assumptions ended up being all wrong.  She was always...

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