What is the Brooke's approach?
The Brooke carries out and supports a wide range of activities to protect, maintain and improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules. These activities are aimed at achieving long-term, sustainable improvements in the daily lives of the animals.
We also bring short-term relief where no other services exist and where animal owners and local veterinary services do not yet have the specific skills they need to look after working animals.
How do we decide which animals to work with?
- We look at the current state of the animals' welfare and whether their needs are being met. We gather information on the population of working horses, mules and donkeys in the area (numbers, types of work and population density)
- We prioritise areas with a shortage of good quality services to maintain and improve animal welfare. We provide training for vets, animal health workers, farriers, feed-sellers, medical store owners, cartmakers and saddlers.
- We take into account the potential for achieving long-term improvement in the welfare of working animals: establishing community-driven programmes to improve day-to-day animal care and assessing the accessibility, affordability and acceptability of local service providers, such as farriers.
What are our core activities?
- Direct, hands-on veterinary treatment is and will always be an important part of our work to improve the welfare of animals in pain and with injuries and disease. This may be provided by Brooke vets and paravets in the short to medium term but our aim is to hand over responsibility to trained local veterinary service providers - government, and private sector - so they can continue sustainable animal health programmes.
- Strengthening and supporting existing services to improve animal welfare: such as vets, paravets, community based animal health workers and local health providers and farriers, feed-sellers, cartmakers and saddlers.
- Engagement with communities to improve their animals’ welfare: broadening our work to tackle the welfare problems that cannot be solved by veterinary treatment alone.
- We are raising the profile of working animals and their importance to people’s lives
- Working to promote the enforcement of existing animal welfare laws and policies
- Influencing governments and international agencies to ensure the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules is considered in wider agricultural and transport policies and projects.