When you donate virtual gifts through Brooke USA Shop, you're supporting equine welfare programs around the world, and making a difference in the lives of horses, donkeys, mules and the people who rely on them in some of the poorest parts of the earth.
Your gifts make it possible for our veterinarians to provide free treatment for overworked, dehydrated, injured, sick, lame and malnourished animals. It also makes it possible for us to provide free training for owners, service providers, and entire villages in more humane methods of using their animals.
Brooke USA Shop gifts are a great year-round way to support our programs throughout the world through your donations. They're also a wonderful way to honor or remember beloved people and pets, to acknowledge accomplishments of your clients and co-workers, and to celebrate holidays, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, other special occasions, and "just because."
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For many working equines there’s little comfort when the working day is over. After they have finished a long day of work, they're often left to spend a cold night outside. Plummeting temperatures, snow, ice, and freezing rain lead to breathing difficulties and other problems for these animals who are also lacking good body condition and healthy coats that would normally help to keep them warm. Choose this gift and you could provide items such as warm and cuddly blankets to protect animals from the bitter cold. It could also allow us to teach owners the importance of providing adequate shelter for their animals to protect them from winter winds as well as blazing summer sun and flies.
Show you care with a gift that brings vital support to hard-working mares and their foals. From providing access to services like Brooke-trained vets and farriers, to helping owners understand their animal better, with your gift could help mares and foals have a healthier life. Sometimes owners need to be reminded that new moms need extra food, and time off of work to nurse their foals, and that foals need bonding time with their moms. So not only do we help with the medical side of ensuring a better life for both, we also encourage owners to consider the emotional needs of moms and babies to make them both happier and more productive.
Equines working in brick kilns and coal mines endure very harsh working conditions. The heat is extreme; brick kilns are dry and dusty; mines are damp and dark. The terrain over which they carry heavy loads can be dangerous and often leads to painful injuries. From pain relief for wounds and damaged joints to antibiotics to treat infections, you can help free animals from unnecessary suffering. This gift could also allow our veterinarians to have increased presence at these sites and others to reach more animals and owners.
This gift could provide comprehensive training for a vet or local animal healthcare provider to set up a veterinary practice or provide farrier services. It might include the equipment and skills needed to make sure a whole community’s animals enjoy the best possible health. For example, damaged, painful hooves from rough roads can cause constant suffering, but Brooke can help them to walk in comfort by training and equipping new and existing farriers in poor communities. It could also help our veterinarians who are often working and living in very remote areas to receive the additional training that they need to improve the lives of these animals.
Our mobile vets are a lifeline to animals in remote areas. This gift could help our "vets on wheels" by giving them the training and equipment they need to reach suffering animals - especially in areas where no other help is available to those animals. This caring gift could ensure that our mobile vet units are stocked with the essential medicines to treat animals, and the materials they need to train owners. This is a wonderful way to enable our vets on wheels to continue to reach suffering animals right where these animals live, whether they're working on mountain tops or garbage dumps, in slate mines or rice fields, on city streets or in jungles.
Our veterinary clinics provide treatment for animals whose owners would never be able to afford treatment otherwise. This gift could help to stock necessary medicine and give terribly sick, injured and exhausted equine patients a few days to heal in a peaceful environment, surrounded by our trained professional healthcare givers. It may be the only time in those animals' lives when they will have time-off from back-breaking work and know the bliss of enough food, water, kind words, a little green turn-out paddock with shade, or the end of a painful injury. Their poor owners will be instructed in ways to prevent future suffering to ensure a better life for the animals and a better livelihood for themselves as they go home with their now-healthy animals to work alongside.
Women are often responsible for the animals in their communities. Their equines often provide much of the "heavy lifting" associated with household chores such as fetching water from remote wells, carrying produce and other goods to market, etc. and for earning extra money outside the home. These hard-working animals also help women to earn enough money to buy clothing, food, medicine, and to pay school fees so their children can receive an education.
Your gift could train impoverished women to provide better care for the animals on whom they and their children so desperately depend. It could also support women's equine welfare groups to help them understand and care for their horses and donkeys better through group meetings led by our Brooke staff and trained animal health workers.
These women will then pass along their new skills and knowledge to others in their communities to improve the welfare of more animals, and benefit many people. They will also pass along life-saving first-aid skills and demonstrate to other women how good animal welfare can improve their own lives and those of their children.
India's equine fairs are enormous congregations of animals and people, and often in locations with very limited resources. As such, horses, mules and donkeys are exposed to numerous welfare risks, such as injuries, wounds, dehydration, heat stress and disease. Our Brooke India teams visit dozens of these fairs each year and provide education and training to local communities, spreading awareness of the importance and benefits of good equine welfare practices, both for the animals and the people. The Fairs are a vital opportunity to reach equine owners, officials and service providers, all key to ensuring change in practice and better care.
This program has already achieved a great deal, and with the help of this gift could do even more. These are just a few of the recent achievements and why we want to do so much more:
Last year our team reached more than 100,000 working horses, donkeys and mules at these fairs, providing treatment for the animals while also building the awareness and knowledge of the various owners attending the fairs.
92 meetings were held with fair organizers to ensure basic facilities at the fair sites. (proper ramps for loading and unloading animals, giving access to water, shade and veterinary provision, and improving methods for disposing of waste and (sadly) carcasses. 82% of the fair sites provided appropriate ramps as a result.
Drinking water availability – hand pumps were installed at 76% of sites, tube wells at 40%, water tanks at 53% and mobile water tanks at 36%.
78% of sites had improved shade facilities, including the provision of ventilated tents during the summer season.
Of the 55 fairs visited, Brooke India was able to ensure the availability of green fodder at 87%, and dry feed at 91%, of the sites.
There were waste disposal facilities available at 58% of sites, and 56% provided proper facilities for safe disposal of deceased animals.
Training for Government Vet Officers,Para vets, Local Health Providers, Farriers and Hair Clippers was undertaken throughout the year, building knowledge on various themes such as the cause, symptoms and treatment of common equine diseases. The team also advised on clinical examination, the proper method of drug administration, welfare friendly handling & restraining, wound management, hoof trimming, appropriate shoeing, first aid and sterilization of equipment.
This gift could go a long way toward these types of interventions not only in India, but in other countries where we're working!