Working donkeys are the life blood of the local communities in Afghanistan and Kabul is by no means an exception. Where old meets new in the city; many families have access to motor transportation whilst many more, particularly those who inhabit the surrounding mountains, do not.
The working donkey is vital to carry supplies (water, food and building materials) to the outlying villages; including most of Kabul’s surrounding urban areas that are built on the side of the unforgiving mountain terrain.
These donkeys more often than not, are over-worked and under-cared for.
Through no fault of their own, their owners have been left with a limited knowledge on the fundamental needs of their donkeys to ease working conditions and improve their welfare.
How we help them:
Nowzad has now expanded our work to include an effective mobile ‘pop-up’ workshop to educate local Afghan muleteers about the importance of basic health checks for their donkey along with feeding requirements and required vaccinations.
Importantly, we even employ a farrier to relieve donkeys of painful and uncomfortable hooves, a small gesture that makes a big difference to the donkey’s quality of life.
All donkeys that pass through our workshops are even microchipped and recorded to help us keep track of the progress of the donkeys.
Our veterinarians are fully qualified and experienced in tending to any donkey that is sick or injured and we often offer ‘roadside assistance’ or out calls to donkeys in distress.
Now at the Nowzad animal shelter in Afghanistan we have five rescue donkeys; Rosie, Samson, Kushi, Jalala and Shahzada.
You can find out about our newest donkey rescue here