NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Four dogs rescued by soldiers in Afghanistan have made it safely to the states.

Tommy, Tony, Sonny Boy, and P-nut arrived Tuesday morning at John F. Kennedy Airport.

The four dogs were saved by an Army-Marine robotics unit stationed in Afghanistan, but after the soldiers were forced to leave their location, their battle buddies were placed in a shelter.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

“They raised the puppies, these dogs lived among them, cleaned the sweat and tears off their face at night, gave them comfort, a sense of home,” Guardians of Rescue‘s Meredith Festa said.

After the shelter was closed down, the group stepped in to get the dogs out of the war zone and into loving homes the soldiers so desperately wanted for their pets.

“Imagine how you would feel having to leave your best friend behind, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded  by danger, to an uncertain fate. We had to do something,” the group’s founder Robert Misseri said.

Homes will now be found for the dogs with soldiers stationed in the U.S.

“By saving the animals they  love, it gives these men and women peace of mind, knowing their best friends are safe. This will be a great emotional weight  lifted off of them,” Misseri said.

A total of 11 animals are being rescued and flown in this week from the Middle East.

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