In Africa, horses and donkeys are often over-worked & not provided the care-food & vet treatment-they need. Harness equipment is often of poor quality & causes needless pain. These animals who labor for their owners, often die of treatable ailments or continue to work while suffering. Animal-Kind Int'l partner organizations in Ghana & Tanzania provide care for the animals & training to their owners to help improve the lives of the animals & change the conditions under which the animals toil.
Working equines in Africa are often forced to work until they drop. They are not provided with good food, rest, water, & basic care. Equipment is of poor quality, making the work done by horses & donkeys much more painful than it needs to be. Not only do the animals suffer, their owners do as well if the animal is no longer able to perform. Animal-Kind Int'l has 2 partner organizations in Africa that are addressing this problem-the Ghana SPCA-Horse Project & Tanzania Animal Welfare Society.
The project will purchase basic materials and supplies to treat horses and donkeys; will train owners to provide basic care for their working equines; will train vets and para-vets (community animal workers) to provide care; will provide care for retired & abandoned horses in Ghana; and in Tanzania, will hold free clinics for working equines-these typically treat about 100 animals in a 1-day clinic. These free clinics are the only way that owners of working equines are able to access vet care.
Typically, owners of donkeys and horses do not know how to provide proper care for their working equines; there are too few professionals in Africa who are trained to care for donkeys and horses; there are not enough services that provide effective, efficient, and affordable care for donkeys and horses. We address these needs by acquiring supplies and by providing training to owners, para-vets & vets, and by holding free clinics.