‘Virtual gifts’ to help equines urged as Christmas looms

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Giving a "virtual gift" of just $54 could help an old Brick Kiln Donkey, who are cared for by the Brooke and offered a home in a static veterinary hospital while recuperating.
A BrookeShop “virtual gift” could bring urgent relief to an old, tired donkey by helping our veterinarians clean and treat their wounds, offer a place to stay in one of our static veterinary hospitals while recuperating and pass on important skills to owners to prevent any further harm.

Equine charity Brooke USA is urging supporters to give a virtual gift this festive season to help working horses, ponies and donkeys around the world.

Virtual gifts from the BrookeShop could provide warmth for horses who are suffering in Nepal’s brutal winters, painkillers for old donkeys working in India’s brick kilns, soft saddle pads for ponies working in coal mines in Pakistan, new shoes for carriage horses working in Kenya, water for dehydrated donkeys working in Ethiopia or lifesaving medicines for mares and foals in Egypt.

The Brooke will ensure the donation gets to the animals, and a gift acknowledgement will go to whomever the gift-giver wishes.

A virtual Christmas gift could give animals relief from their heavy loads with saddle packs and saddle pads that are made in the communities where they work. Animals such as those who work at brick kilns or construction sites need quality saddle packs to help prevent painful sores caused by heavy loads rubbing against their skin. Saddle packs offer much needed protection, padding and comfort to working animals.
A virtual Christmas gift could give animals relief from their heavy loads with saddle packs and saddle pads that are made in the communities where they work. Animals such as those who work at brick kilns or construction sites need quality saddle packs to help prevent painful sores caused by heavy loads rubbing against their skin. Saddle packs offer much needed protection, padding and comfort to working animals.

“Holiday cards are nice, tins of cookies are enjoyable and candy canes are great fun for the kids during the holidays,” Brooke USA says.

“But this holiday season, you have a chance to give a gift that can literally improve the lives – and future generations – of horses and the families who depend on them in the world’s poorest communities by giving a meaningful gift that will have a long-term impact.”

BrookeShop gifts are tax-deductible, and will be appreciated not only by the people in whose honor you give them, but even more importantly, by the animals and people who will enjoy a better life.

At least 100 million working equines are the engines that power the developing world, doing the hardest jobs under the toughest conditions to support the livelihoods of 600 million people – some 9 percent of the world’s population. The Brooke is dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in communities where people often earn less than $1 a day. Poverty and desperation often force owners to overwork their animals, resulting in a great deal of suffering, most of which is preventable. The Brooke works together with local communities to bring about lasting improvements to the lives of their working animals, which also protects human livelihoods.

The Brooke is currently working in 11 of the world’s poorest countries to alleviate the suffering of working equines.

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A virtual BrookeShop gift could buy medicines to stock a free veterinary clinic. Our highly skilled overseas veterinarians need lifesaving medicines so they can treat sick, wounded and injured horses, donkeys and mules in our static and mobile veterinary clinics. Our teams can help working animals for miles around, as well as pass on essential skills to their owners. And just $14 could buy a first-aid kit for an owner to provide on-the-spot care as soon as injuries occur.
A virtual BrookeShop gift could buy medicines to stock a free veterinary clinic. Our highly skilled overseas veterinarians need lifesaving medicines so they can treat sick, wounded and injured horses, donkeys and mules in our static and mobile veterinary clinics. Vet teams help working animals for miles around, as well as pass on essential skills to their owners. And just $14 could buy a first-aid kit for an owner to provide on-the-spot care as soon as injuries occur.

One thought on “‘Virtual gifts’ to help equines urged as Christmas looms

  • November 20, 2015 at 9:11 am
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    This is a great idea to help the horses that work so hard. Instead of the candy canes, please donate to any of the fine charities and groups that are really making a difference to the welfare of horses whether through programs at home or abroad, or those educating horse owners to provide better care of their herd whether 1 or 100. It is a much better use of the money than the purchase of sugary candies or gifts that are recycled next year!

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