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.
“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.