From humble beginnings as a hospital for ex-warhorses in 1934, Brooke is now the leading global welfare charity for working horses, donkeys and mules.
On arrival in Egypt in 1930, Dorothy Brooke was determined to find the surviving ex-warhorses of the British, Australian and American forces. These brave and noble horses were sold into a life of hard labour in Cairo when conflict ended.
Searching for them throughout Cairo, Dorothy was appalled to find hundreds of emaciated and worn-out animals desperately in need of help. She wrote a letter to the Morning Post (which later became the Daily Telegraph) exposing their plight.
Dorothy Brooke was determined to find the surviving ex-warhorses of the British, Australian and American forces.
The public were so moved they sent her the equivalent of £20,000 in today's money to help end the suffering of these once proud horses.
Within three years, Dorothy Brooke had purchased five thousand ex-warhorses. Most were old, exhausted and had to be humanely put down. But thanks to her compassion, they ended their lives peacefully.
Dorothy Brooke knew thousands of hard working horses, donkeys and mules still suffered so in 1934 she founded the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in Cairo, with the promise of free veterinary care for all the city’s working horses and donkeys. The Brooke Hospital for Animals was born.
1930 Dorothy Brooke arrives in Cairo, Egypt with her husband, a Major General in the British army.
1931 Dorothy Brooke writes a letter to The Morning Post to urge the British public to help relieve the suffering of thousands of ex-war horses she encounters in Cairo.
1934 The Brooke Hospital for animals is established in Egypt.
1938 The first shade shelter and water troughs are established in Cairo. First motorised ambulance starts to operate.
Decades of change - continuing care
1961 Alexandria clinic opens in Egypt
1966 Luxor clinic opens, Egypt
1984 The first best horse competition begins in Luxor
1988 Jordan clinic opens (Wadi Musa - Petra)
1988 Aswan clinic opens, Egypt
1991 Brooke expands into Pakistan
1992 Mobile teams begin operating in India
1992 Edfu clinic opens, Egypt
1994 Brooke Netherlands begins to raise money
2000 Mersa Matrouh clinic opens, Egypt
Today - reaching out
2001 Partnership programmes begin in Kenya
2002 Groundbreaking research programme begins with Bristol University Veterinary School
2003 Partnership programme begins in Afghanistan
2004 Brooke launches partnership programme in Guatemala
- Brooke carries out relief work with Mercy Corps, after the earthquake strikes in Pakistan.
- Partnership programme established in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Palestinian villages in Israel and the West Bank)
- Brooke expands into Ethiopia.
- National Donkey Welfare Day is established in Kenya
- Partnership programme begins in Nepal.
- American Friends of the Brooke is established
2010 Brooke expands into Senegal
2013 A pilot project begins in Nicaragua
- Voices from Women report published.
- Brooke celebrates 80 years of helping working equines around the world
- Brooke opens new project in Mexico.
- Brooke closes Jordan office and handover responsibility to the government.
- Invisible workers report, linking workers with the livelihoods of people, published.
- Brooke USA re-launched with support from the Brooke President, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall
- Brooke launches new five-year global strategy with a goal of making a lasting change to working horses, donkeys and mules in the most need across the world.
- Brooke achieves its goal of reaching two million working horses, donkeys and mules