Pakistan floods: helping equines and their families
Responding to the devastating floods of 2010, the Brooke provided emergency relief, treating sick and injured animals and initiated a vaccination programme to prevent the spread of disease. Free feed, fodder and clean drinking water was given out too.
The Brooke treated more than 10,000 horses, donkeys and mules in the immediate aftermath of the floods with most animals affected by hunger, dehydration, stress, respiratory disorders, skin and foot problems.
“It was the most horrible day in my life when the floods struck my village,” recalls Mr Lalzalda, a horse owner.
“My house was demolished and I had to rush to save my horse Sohni who was tied up inside. Thankfully I was able to evacuate my family and Sohni in time, and she was treated by the Brooke,” he added.
Brooke Pakistan’s intervention was crucial for the health and future survival of countless animals as there was little other help available.
In addition to providing help when it was needed, Brooke Pakistan works on long-term projects, such as encouraging owners to install water troughs and shaded areas as well as stamping out harmful practices such as nostril slitting.
Our approach has been to work with partners, to end the preventable suffering of working animals across the country.
The Brooke has been in Pakistan since 1992 and in 2009 reached over 280,000 working animals, supporting the livelihoods of around 1.5 million people across the country.