stories 

 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...

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...

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