About Brooke USA
Brooke USA’s mission is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. About five years ago, Brooke USA opened its headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, at the famous Kentucky Horse Park.
Presently, Brooke USA supports the work of Brooke across the globe. Brooke is the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, and has been in existence for more than 80 years. Brooke’s goals are to reach the largest number of animals in the world’s poorest countries, benefitting the people who depend on them. Donations to Brooke USA are tax-deductible.
Brooke is an international animal welfare charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules. Operating in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, Brooke reaches over 2 million working horses, donkeys and mules – more than any other organization.
Brooke’s mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable working horses, donkeys and mules around the world. We relieve their immediate suffering and create lasting change by working with people, communities and organizations.
Brooke's vision is of a world in which working horses, donkeys and mules are free from suffering.
Brooke recognizes that the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules the world over is an overlooked - yet crucial - part of keeping families out of extreme poverty. Everything Brooke does is centered around strengthening communities so they can better care for the working horses, donkeys and mules their livelihoods depend on. Brooke launched an ambitious global strategy in April 2016 which sets out our priorities and plans for the next five years:
Global Reach: To help more working animals in need in more places around the world.
Sustainable Improvement: To make lasting change by working with a wide range of people and organizations that can directly or indirectly improve the lives of working animals.
Brooke delivers practical, sustainable, culturally-relevant programs and provides support, advice, funding and infrastructure to its global network of employees, affiliates and partners to make that vision a reality.
Thousands of training sessions take place every year so that community animal health workers can treat working horses, donkeys and mules locally. Brooke also undertakes valuable, practical research to support its evidence-based approach and help communities to better help their own horses, donkeys and mules, by building life skills and husbandry capabilities.
On a global scale, Brooke seeks to influence governments and other institutions to raise the profile of working equine animals on the policy and development agendas. In addition, Brooke is a leader in the field of animal welfare, ensuring rigorous standards and guidelines are applied in all the areas of its work.
Our Geographic Focus
Brooke currently works across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Brooke has a number of criteria to help decide in which countries it should work. These include countries with:
- High numbers of working horses, donkeys and mules
- High levels of human poverty (using the United Nations’ Human Development Index)
- Potential partners with a common goal
- Adequate security to be effective
Right now, Brooke is working in the following countries:
Jordan (Completed in 2015)
On arrival in Egypt in 1930, Dorothy Brooke was horrified to see hundreds of emaciated horses being used as beasts of burden on the streets of Cairo.
The wife of a British army major general, Dorothy Brooke was appalled to learn that these walking skeletons were ex-warhorses of the British, Australian and American forces. Poorly cared for, they were all very old and many were in terrible pain.
All of them had seen service in the First World War. When the conflict ended in 1918, they were sold into a life of hard labor in Cairo.
Mrs. Brooke was tormented by their plight, and wrote a letter to Britain’s leading newspaper, the Morning Post (which later became the Daily Telegraph) describing the suffering of these poor old war heroes. Showing immense generosity, the British public sent in the equivalent of £20,000 in today's money to help.
Within three years, Dorothy Brooke had set up a committee and bought five thousand of these ex-warhorses. Most were old and in the final stages of collapse, and had to be humanely put down. But, thanks to her compassion and tenacity, all of them ended their lives peacefully.
Dorothy Brooke knew that her work could not end there while thousands of horses, donkeys and mules still suffered.
In 1934, Dorothy Brooke founded the ‘Old War Horse Memorial Hospital’ in Cairo, with the promise of free veterinary care for all the city’s working horses and donkeys and Brooke Hospital for Animals was born.
Brooke has worked in Egypt since 1934 to bring relief to suffering working horses and donkeys. Today, in Cairo, the original hospital established by Mrs. Brooke still stands. It now boasts all the modern veterinary equipment needed by vets to treat working animals today.
From humble beginnings, Brooke has grown into an international equine lifesaver, with mobile vet teams plus an extensive community animal health program, bringing veterinary care and training to some of the world’s poorest communities.