Faranak Ravon

Volunteer supporter of Vafa Animal Shelter in Hashtgerd, near Tehran

Shelter's website: cal.ir, and Vafa's Facebook page:


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Changing Iran one dog at a time

by ArmanT on

When we teach everyone that a dog only gives love and expects very little love in return, we can create a more tolerant and loving society. The result will create sensitive and loving citizens all over Iran.

We can change Iran one dog at a time.


want to adopt a vafa dog?

by kfravon on

'onlyinamerica', and everyone else who may be interested to learn more about how to adopt a vafa dog and transport them to overseas, we posted quite a bit of information on the facebook page (under notes):


Feel free to email me offline (kfravon@yahoo.com) and i'm happy to help with making arrangements.. as far as vaccination/micro-chip and transporting the dog to the airport in Iran, it's all handled by the amazing staff at the shelter. 

We have several volunteers who are going home for the summer and are happy to bring the dog back to you (it will save money if they're checked in with a passenger).

thanks for asking...




Respect to these wonderful people

by Gavazn on

Thanks for a lovely blog.



by onlyinamrica on

Do they need any paperwork for visa or adaption? I would love to bring one of them here. I can at least save somebody from that horrific place. Thanks for your love and dedication for those innocent beings. You will be reworded for this act of kindness.


dog = unconditional love

by fozolie on

I admire all those who give shelter and protection to these wonderful creatures. 

Mr. Fozolie

Darius Kadivar

agreed Faranak Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

and thanks for the input and the reminder of those lovely series "Little Rascals" ;0)


Darius >> Re: Pitbull breed

by kfravon on

Darius jan,

The media has not done justice to the misunderstood 'pitbull' breed here in the US. 

I rescued my Rosie from this amazing group called:  BADRAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls). //www.badrap.com
This group and those who rescue them, believe in 'responsible' ownership AND that pitbulls should NOT have any human aggressiveness in them--and if they do, they should be put to sleep....

I refuse to watch Animal Planet, as it clearly shows the abuse most pitbulls endure ... and don't even get me started with the media. They LOVE pitbull stories...imagine, being an Iranian, owning a pitbull!  You'll surely be all over the news!  Hah!

There are major myths about this breed, and if they succeed in banning them, HUMANS will make another breed their tool for neglect, abuse and more... //badrap.org/rescue/myths.html

Remember the TV show Little Rascals?

I can go on and on about this subject ... :)



thank you for watching and sharing this clip

by kfravon on

Dear ones,

Thank you for the kind notes. You can help them by spreading the word about Vafa Shelters.  They are always looking for volunteers to foster some of the puppies and kittens: //cal.ir/main/en/latest-news/30-volunteers-ne...
and of course financial help, physical help and education of others about animal treatment are ways one can help them...

Maryam_europe aziz:  I assume the reason you shared the clip is to remind us there are many hungry/poor people who live in Iran and perhaps you are wondering why people would save the dogs from all the abuse they've endured throughout the years in our country?

Mahatma Gandhi said it well:
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the
way its animals are treated."

I am also very passionate about helping the poor, helping find cure for
cancer, helping abused children, and many other causes.  If each of us do our part, we will make a HUGE difference. 

What do you do to help the poor and hungry in Iran?  Please share with us.

FYI, there is an amazing group of women who founded moms against
poverty - check them out:

Thank you,
Faranak Ravon



un peu de ...

by Maryam_Europe on


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by obama on


Frank Khanoom, Wonderful job! You are one of the few that I know of who instead of just criticising the governemnt and people, took the initative by doing something humanitarian for the iranian dogs! Wondeful! You set a good example for others to follow,I hope! I hope we can do something for the truly needy people as well!

You were able to show to the iranian that not all the iranians abroad are only talks and complainers! (I know, many do good, but we don't know of, but you what I am talking about!). I would make sure to do my part by donating to this good cause! Merci!

Sheila Behrazfar


by Sheila Behrazfar on

It was so nice to have met you in person Farah jan.  Your work to help these dogs, as well as the others, is amazing. I hope Vafa stays strong for a LONG time. 

This is a heart felt video. We should script an English version of this video. 

There's a proverb from an unknown writer that goes kinda like this, " For those who have chosen not to feel the love of a dog, part of their souls will never awaken."  

Maryam Hojjat

Faranak: You are an angel!

by Maryam Hojjat on

May God bless you and all other animal lovers particular dog lovers.

Darius Kadivar

Nice to see you in Person Faranak Jaan ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

I don't know many people who have domesticated a Pitt Bull ( am I right ?) into a lovable and inoffensive creature either ...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart and Golden Eye through your numerous photo essays and personal insights.

Warm Regards,