A group of Egyptian Society for the Protection and Welfare of Working Animals cleaning harness wounds on donkeys at a brick kiln. By providing early intervention and owner training, sores, too horrible to be posted on any site, are avoided. Dr. Shaban Fayez leads this group and we hope to be able to bring him to the Donkey Welfare Symposium to discuss his experiences and tell us how they are able to provide the large volume of veterinary care, on a ‘shoe string’ budget. Your donation can help make this happen….Go to: https://www.gofundme.com/donkey-welfare-symposium
While vets, farriers and animal health assistants around the world are in a position to be some of the frontline champions of donkey welfare, they can often qualify from university or college without ever seeing a donkey. Despite being so crucial to rural lives and urban livelihoods, the low status of donkeys means that they are all too easily overlooked by health professionals. However, The Donkey Sanctuary and its network of partners around the world share knowledge and expertise to improve the lives of donkeys and the communities that rely on them.
Through our partnership with the Egyptian Society for the Protection and Welfare of Working Animals (ESPWWA), the lives of working donkeys and mules are improving in both brick kilns and agricultural communities in the Nile valley and delta.
By training local cart and harness makers in the best materials, design, fitting, use and repair techniques, the team has reduced the wounds and sores suffered by thousands of working donkeys and mules. Ongoing partnerships with local universities and training institutes means that the next generations of vets, farriers and other animal health professionals are better equipped to sustain the improvements being made.