Nesha was only about 15 months old when she went through something unthinkable. But thankfully, she landed in the right hands. And soon enough, she found the best possible family to spend her life with.
Born in the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, a man who took shelter under a bridge called Pul-e-Sokhta took Nesha as a companion. The bridge and its surrounding area are home for people suffering from drug dependency. The man, homeless and have developed a heroin addiction, soon passed the compulsion to the dog – and Nesha unknowingly became drug-dependent, too.
One summer day of 2016, neighborhood kids saw Nesha and started filing her. In the clip, which has since been deleted, Nesha was obviously intoxicated. She rubbed her frail body against a concrete pole due to the drugs that were force-fed to her.
The video circulated the internet and instantly became viral. Without a clue, Nesha has become a focus of the national conversation tackling the opium epidemic. Vets from Nowzad, the only canine rescue group in Afghanistan, learned about Nesha. They rushed to where the dog was and immediately seized her.
“The man initially refused to give Nesha up,” said veterinarian Mujtaba Rezaei of Nowzad. “He claimed she’d get sicker if she stops taking the drugs. It was terrible.”
While Nesha’s already in good hands, it is the vets’ first attempt of treating a dog that’s drug addicted. And it attested to be an absolute challenge. During withdrawals, Nesha knocked her head off the walls. To gradually wean Nesha off the drugs, the vets had no choice but to administer pain medication in low doses three times each day.
The drugs left Nesha’s hind legs extremely weak. Fortunately for her, she started gaining her strength back after a couple of months in rehabilitation. Nesha overcame drug addiction and was soon announced ready for adoption.
Brock Ditto read about the resilient dog’s journey online. Almost instantly, he knew Nesha was meant to be with him. He sent his adoption application and was approved in no time. However, there was one problem: Ditto resides in Burlington, Kansas, which means, Nesha needs about $4000 to fly to the U.S.
Determined to provide Nesha a bright future, Nowzad decided to set up her own fundraising page online to pay for the cost of her homecoming. And in April 2018, Nesha arrived to her new home. She met her new dad and her new dog siblings, Jax and Sis, the German shepherd-Australian husky mixes Ditto rescued first.
Credits to Facebook/Nowzad