stories 

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...

Jaanaan

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

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...

Sushi

Sushi was found with a broken jaw on the side of the road leading to the shelter.  She was so small, everyone thought she was probably taken away from her mother while she was still nursing. Was it possible that someone had stolen her from her mother?  Maybe she...

Tala

My name is Tala, which means “Gold” in Persian. Because I was pure bred and pretty, my greedy and cruel owner treated me like a puppy making machine...to the point that I became very very weak... So last time when I gave birth to 9 puppies, I was so sick that I...

Shoja

  My name is Shoja. It means “brave” in Farsi.  I am 11 months old. My mother and all my siblings were killed by City Hall officials, but I survived.  I was so sad and frightened. I tried to hide in abandoned places, but I was hungry and I had to look for food. One...

Seda

My name is Seda. In Persian, it means “voice”.  Sharareh, who is one of the members of the Center for Animal Lovers, found me almost dead and chose this name for me… because I was barking so much. When I was a young dog, I was a shepherd dog and my owner loved me very...

Jimbo

It was around 7 AM when the voice of my caregiver, Fatemeh, woke me up. I looked up; she was waiting for a response from me. It had been a difficult night. Pain followed me like a shadow. I had tossed and turned all night long and could not find a comfortable...

Dingo

Everyone who's a regular at the shelter knows Dingo well. He's a fluffy, naughty, happy boy but what people may not know is that he came to us as a skinny puppy with mange. He was found on the rough streets of Tehran last Summer. He was about two and a half months...

Ahoo

Another blog by Sheyda who spent a few weeks in Iran and volunteered at vafa several times during her short time back home: The Sad Life of a Stray Puppy How do the stray puppies end up at VAFA Animal Shelter? Each puppy has a unique story, most of them very cruel....

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