A former marine has successfully evacuated more than 200 rescue pets from his doomed Afghan animal shelter after appealing directly to the British government.

Pen Farthing will board an evacuation jet at Kabul airport with over 200 rescue dogs after they were saved from an Afghan animal shelter.

Defence bosses confirmed on Friday night that the ex-Commando "and his pets" have received clearance for their charter flight to return to the UK.

The Ministry of Defence tweeted: "Pen Farthing and his pets were assisted through the system at Kabul airport by the UK armed forces.

"They are currently being supported while he awaits transportation.

"On the direction of the Defence Secretary, clearance for their charter flight has been sponsored by the UK Government."

The announcement has been hailed by concerned Brits who have been following the former Royal Marine's escape efforts on social media.

One social media user tweeted that his return home was "the news we have all been waiting for".

Reports say Pen had been battling to evacuate the animals and his staff since being forced to turn away from a flight yesterday.

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said officials would seek a runway slot for the plane chartered by Pen, 52, to evacuate him, his staff, and their animals if they went to Kabul Airport but they were 300 metres inside the airport perimeter when the Taliban told the group it couldn't board a jet.

After they were turned back, ISIS-K suicide bombers targeted civilians and US Marines outside the airport, resulting in the death of 110 people.

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