8 July 2021

Brooke India provides emergency feed for thousands of equines following deadly second Covid wave

Brooke India has been hard at work offering emergency relief to equines and their owners following May’s emergency appeal. Approximately 60,000 equines and 40,000 owners are expected to receive fodder, first aid kits and medicines by the end of the outreach programme.

Currently, Brooke is working across all its states of intervention; Punjab, Haryana, Jammu, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh.

Balanced feed distribution in Sangli, Maharashtra.

Fodder provision for Donkey in Sangli, Maharashtra.

Thanks to Brooke India, Suresh grew Napier grass and Azolla for his equines.

Cases of Covid have dropped significantly since the early May peak, although many communities are still feeling the impact on their livelihoods. To help combat this, Brooke has been working to build resilience in communities, ensuring this emergency response provides long term support as well as short.

For example, Brooke has helped people like Suresh (pictured) procure subsidised Napier grass to build permanent Azolla pits for their equines and other members of the community. Azolla, an aquatic floating fern, can be cultivated as an animal feed, as well as a medicine and water purifier.

Since it was established in 1992, Brooke India has helped save millions of working horses, donkeys and mules, and pioneered our work in sustainable animal health and welfare.