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Donkeys & Horses


Left to die on the side of the dirt track, a donkey that has only known hard labour her entire life is discarded like a piece of trash.

An injured donkey was found abandoned by her callous former owner on the side of the road where she had collapsed, most likely to her old age as her front legs could no longer cope with the tremendous loads she had continually been forced to carry. Sadly; it would not have been a peaceful ending; a hungry stray dog pack lurked nearby with clear intentions of eating well that night.

But by a miracle of being in the right place at the right time Shahzada won the Afghan donkey lottery. Our team did not know the extent of Shahzada’s injuries but they knew there was no way they could just walk on by. A truck was rented and after a herculean effort Shahzada was transported to the Nowzad clinic and safety.  The Nowzad vets set straight to work administering pain killers and antibiotics to treat the horrible open sores and wounds that covered her body and naming her Shahzada; (Afghan Dari for Princess).

So now here at the Nowzad shelter; we have a new resident, one who arrived in the worst shape we have seen so far and by her determination to bite or kick all of us, has yet to understand how lucky she was to be found by the Nowzad vet team!

(Although I think we can probably understand that after the horrendous life she has endured as an Afghan working donkey).

Four weeks of care and treatment later and Shahzada can stand successfully on her own, the open wounds she had on her front legs are healing well and the team are slowly gaining her trust… but she still has a mean kick for an old girl……

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