It’s nearly that time of year again when we start planning our Outreach Programme. Visits start in May and as the number of donkeys we check and treat increases every year, we’re expecting to help more than 220 donkeys in over 70 villages by the end of October.
Looking back at our records, in 2009 we treated 70 Outreach animals but also received a lot of calls from tourists and locals, concerned about the welfare of donkeys they had seen. In 2015 we helped over 220 animals – an increase of 214% compared to 2009!
Through our annual visits, more and more owners will now call us and ask for advice such as feeding, farrier visits and veterinary care. Consequently we now receive very few welfare concern calls and we’re positive this is due to the success of our Outreach Programme.
By the end of the year we’ll have travelled almost 5000km and spent long days working in the heat but it is so rewarding to see such positive results and improvements. A huge thank you goes to our supporters as without your help we would not be able to continue this vital work.