Ethiopia has the third-largest population of equines in the world.

These working horses, donkeys and mules play a central role in the lives of families across the country. But many equine owners, living miles from the nearest health clinics, are unable to provide adequate care for their animals. This lack of veterinary services has resulted in incredibly high levels of mortality and suffering.

We believe that animal suffering is preventable, and that good animal welfare protects human livelihoods. Brooke USA is an organization that funds programs designed to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules―and the people they serve―throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. We do this by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need, helping relieve immediate suffering and creating lasting change.

More equine animal health support is desperately needed in Ethiopia, and Brooke USA has already begun construction on three health clinics in the country. We have already raised $120,000 of the $180,000 needed to complete construction.


Your gift could help our clinics become operational by the end of the year, providing much-needed veterinary assistance to some of the neediest animals on the planet.

Brooke USA has already helped thousands of equine owners, service providers and governments in the developing world implement scientifically proven, practical, sustainable and culturally relevant solutions to enormous animal welfare challenges. Please join us in this important work and make your gift today.


Brooke in Action: Melesse and Shire

One day, Melesse Woldehana, a carriage operator in Halaba Town, Ethiopia, realized his horse, Shire, had gone missing. Later that day, Melesse found Shire in a field, suffering from serious hyena bites.

“I was so devastated and confused about what to do,” said Melesse. “My friends and family were telling me to abandon him, as he might not be able to survive.”

Unsure about what to do, Melesse went to consult with his friend Tamrat, the local farrier. He counseled Melesse to take Shire to the local animal health clinic.

“Although it was a serious case, we didn’t want to give up on him,” said Feyissa Masebo, the animal health worker  who treated Shire. “We washed and stitched the wound. We gave him medicines, fed him well and kept him with us in the shelter until he fully recovered.”

Melesse in incredibly grateful for the help Shire received at the clinic. “They taught me how to take care of him, and I learned about what I should and shouldn’t do until his full recovery,” said Melesse. “I have learned not to give up on animals…that if you treat them well they will regain their strength and pay you back.”

Do your part to help animals like Shire.

We only need $60,000 more to finish construction on three new health clinics in Ethiopia. Your gift can help relieve suffering and create better lives for the hard-working animals in Ethiopia.