The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE, who dedicated her life to championing donkeys. The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare charity that aims to protect and promote the welfare of donkeys and mules worldwide. It operates projects in twenty-nine countries and has provided sanctuaries and foster homes to 15,500 donkeys and mules over the last forty years.
In Ethiopia, the Sanctuary’s work involves demonstrating the benefits of proper pack saddles and working with donkey owners to find ways of modifying their own designs using cheap, locally-available materials. Teams provide veterinary treatments and harness-making sessions, while also advising and educating donkey owners and school children. They also train government vets and animal health workers already based within the communities. In India, one of the regions where donkeys suffer from serious welfare issues and work long hours in brick kilns or on building sites, the Sanctuary works to improve donkey welfare in brick kilns. Those donkeys often suffer from overloading, beating, poor food, and painful harnesses.
For more information, visit the group's website here.