Working donkeys and horses 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 or horse 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 poor animals 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 opened the FIRST EVER donkey/horse santuary in Afghanistan, a refuge for former working donkeys and horses who have been discarded like rubbish onto the streets when they are no longer able to carry the heavy loads demanded of them by their owners.
We promote healthy Afghan donkey ownership through 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 recorded to help us keep track of their progress.
Our veterinarians are fully qualified and experienced in tending to any donkey or horse that is sick or injured and we often offer ‘roadside assistance’ or out patient calls to animals in distress.
Now at the Nowzad donkey santuary in Afghanistan we have seven rescue donkeys; Rosie and her daughter; Kushi, Jalala, Demazang, Shahzada, Lola, Maqbula and Azad, our first rescued horse.
And we cannot forget; David the rescued bull and Jaja the goat.
Please help us to continue making a difference for the donkeys of Afghanistan by buying our 'A donkey shouldn't have to work it's ass off' tee shirt from the Nowzad store TODAY or donating directly to support our mission by clicking here. You can watch Pen take on the 'Walk a mile in a donkey's shoes' challenge here
We remember Samson, one of our first rescued donkeys who sadly passed away toward the end of 2018.