She "instinctively" brought Tilu home with her when she came across him as tiny puppy with a shaggy white coat, who had been abused and abandoned by his owners.
After a year, Khandar returned to New Zealand and began looking into bringing Tilu over when she encountered the first obstacle.
Tilu has now moved to Germany and is living with some of Khandar's family members.
"If I don't figure out how to get Tilu here soon, he'll be homeless as my family said they can't keep him.
Khandar, who works for an engineering company, told the New Zealand website Stuff that pets, especially dogs, are frowned upon in Iran and she was looking forward to being able to give Tilu the life he deserved in New Zealand.
Khandar has worked out she will need probably $13,500 to get Tilu to New Zealand, to cover the costs of 15 vet visits before he can get on a plane, an import permit, vet inspection, quarantine facilities and fees, return flights to Germany so she can take Tilu to all of his appointments, along with air freight fees.
They said Tilu, an engineer with a French company based in Dubai International Airport, was planning to migrate with his family to the US where his wife's family members are settled.
"On Monday, Tilu had not gone to the office because his stomach was upset after eating food from outside on the previous night.
Tilu, who was raised in Abu Dhabi where his parents and sister still live, was declared brought dead at a Dubai hospital where he was rushed to.
Tilu's body was flown to his hometown in Pathanamthitta district in the south Indian state of Kerala on Wednesday morning.
The new members of the working committee include Sharda Pandey, Tilu
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