After the end of the First World War, the Allied powers returned home to their respected countries to continue their lives as best they could. When they left, however, they abandoned thousands of loyal horses who had served in their cavalries in the countries they had fought. Most were sold to the people living there, and into lives of great hardship and intense labor. In the 1930s, a woman by the name of Dorothy Brooke discovered these thousands of equines, and knew she had to help. In her lifetime, she is said to have helped reprocess almost 5,000 horses. Her legacy is carried on today by Brooke, which continues to aid equines in developing countries.
Today, Brooke and Brooke USA currently work in eleven countries across the globe to aid with equines of all sorts. Horses, mules and donkeys are some of the hardest laborers in the world, and do their work without “complaint”, which means their suffering often goes unheard. A large portion of the world still relies on real horse power for their livelihood. Whether it be to pull their goods through the street, provide transportation or plowing the fields, these equines loyally serve their owners the best they can, sometimes in the worst conditions. In many developing countries, owners do not have the means to provide their equine partners with the food, shelter and medical care they need- especially when they cannot afford it for the members of their own families. Others are simply not aware of their equine’s needs. Through donations and partnerships, Brooke provides education to the communities, and sponsors projects focused on improving the lives of equines and their human families. Through their Horse Heroes Campaign, Brooke USA is raising $1 million in honor of the 1 million American equines that were sent to the battlefields in World War 1.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Don’t know what to buy a friend or family member this Christmas? Consider making a donation to Brooke in their name! This holiday season, the Brooke offers multiple opportunities to give, with various levels. From donating $25 to provide a blanket for an equine all the way up to $5000 to provide emergency veterinary care, there is something for everyone to give!
Patrick and I are honored to be advocates for this wonderful organization, and we hope that you will consider giving to them this holiday season. To make donations and learn more about Brooke, visit their website- brookeusa.org