We Did It!
Thanks to you,
Last year at this time, we set a goal to raise $1 million dollars in 2017 for international equine welfare programs in memory of the American horses and mules who served, suffered, and died in WW1.
With your support, we surpassed the goal!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us make life better for many animals and the families who depend on them around the world.
Meet Brooke West Africa's Dr Diop
Working animals in Sokone, Senegal were suffering because veterinarians couldn't access basic veterinary medicines. Then Brooke set up a revolving fund and recruited Dr Diop to manage it and provide training and advice.
Dr Diop was working in Senegal long before Brooke arrived and witnessed lots of welfare problems. "Donkeys and mares were rarely brought in for veterinary treatment," he remembers. "Hernias were prevalent, as well as cases from road accidents. Another common problem was with hooves - you'd see mares with very long hooves wandering around in pain."
Problems like these were made worse still because basic medicines were either unavailable or unaffordable - those that were available were often illegal and dangerous.
When Brooke started working in the region, a fund was set up so veterinary professionals could get hold of the medicines and vaccinations they needed. Dr Diop was responsible for purchasing the drugs from wholesalers and distributing them to local animal health practitioners. Now they can treat sick and injured animals with appropriate medicines.
Members of the new program also benefit from Dr Diop's expertise. As well as meeting every Wednesday to discuss their cases, share knowledge and learn about important topics, such as correct dosages, they can consult him on specific issues and emergencies. Dr Diop has noticed the impact.
Since the fund was set up, the demand for paravets and other animal health workers has grown as word has spread of their good work. "They are getting more work and more owners are stepping forward to veterinary help. Also, farriers and vets are working together. For example, I went to a village and after working there, called the Brooke-trained farrier and told him there were a lot of equines with long hooves and he needed to come."
So, thanks to the fund, which is supported by Brooke USA donors, more animals in Senegal are benefiting from better, sustainable healthcare.
"Every day I am very proud of the work that has been done," concluded Dr Diop.
Have you watched our new video about some of the work that you helped to fund in Senegal this year? Enjoy seeing what your donations have been doing in just one of the countries where we're funding equine welfare programs.
Have you read Dorothy Brooke's new biography?
"Dorothy Brooke and the Fight to Save Cairo's Lost War Horses," by Grant Hayter-Menzies, is a new biography of our founder. With a forward by Monty Roberts and reviews by celebrities such as actressJoanna Lumley and Temple Grandin, PhD . it will be a great read for anyone who loves animals, history, or inspirational women.
40% of the royalties from the book will be donated by the author to continue Dorothy Brooke's amazing legacy of compassion.
Thank you for making 2017 so successful!
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