Help Make Dreams a Reality for Animals Used for Work
In India, it’s common to see horses, bullocks and donkeys toiling under the searing sun or out in the pouring rain, hauling backbreaking loads and flinching beneath the crack of a whip. Many bullocks are forced to work in sugarcane mills, where they spend long days pulling dangerously unbalanced carts. They are also used for ploughing fields in the heat and performing other gruelling tasks, even though many of them are injured, malnourished and ill. Donkeys are sorely abused in brick kilns, to which they haul heavy loads of bricks on their backs from the moulding yards. Since there’s little or no padding between the loads and their skin, they develop sores, and if they fall and won’t rise when whipped, they are left to die.
Animal Rahat constantly strives to improve the lives of animals used for work and the farmers who use them in poverty-stricken regions of Maharashtra, India. Committed veterinarians, veterinary assistants and animal caretakers run the vital organisation, and its veterinarians are on call for emergencies and to dispense advice all day, every day.
Now, there’s a unique opportunity to expand the group’s operations so that they can help even more animals: Animal Rahat purchased 10 acres of land outside Sangli, Maharashtra, to build a new sanctuary that will allow for up to 50 formerly working animals to retire in peace after years of drudgery, pain, abuse, malnutrition and neglect. The new facility will also improve the lives of other beleaguered animals, including stray dogs, at whom people often throw stones or even acid. But Animal Rahat cannot complete the sanctuary and provide animal residents with the long-term care that they need without your help.
Animal Rahat knows from experience what a tremendous difference a little TLC can make in the life of an animal who was forced to work. When the group found a camel named Waheed, he was being forced to dance and give rides by a travelling peddler, even though he was extremely thin, lame, infested with parasites and so dangerously dehydrated that his hump was nearly non-existent. But after just one night at our facility (wearing a blanket that our caretakers made especially for him), his condition started to improve. Now, he is healthy and even has a soul mate, a camel named Tracy, whom Animal Rahat rescued from a circus.
The new retirement sanctuary will be equipped with a veterinary exam room to provide animals with the modern veterinary care that they need to get and stay healthy. The grounds will also feature an education centre to train farmers who use animals about humane care, hold on-site veterinary sessions with law-enforcement and government officials, and offer outreach programmes to teach children to respect and have empathy for animals. But to reach Animal Rahat’s goals of rescuing, retiring and caring for more animals rescued from a life of work at this new sanctuary, they need your support.
Your compassionate contribution will help Animal Rahat dig a borewell and install a water pipeline system throughout the sanctuary so that the animals will always have access to clean drinking water. They’re also going to build shelters and plant trees to protect animals from the elements.
Why wait to save an animal’s life? Right now, you can help Animal Rahat get this wonderful new facility off the ground and provide some of the most abused animals on Earth with the tranquillity and security that they’ve been denied.