Brooke vet Dr Ratnesh inspects a horse's teeth

The Brooke is an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.


India is the seventh largest country by area, the world’s largest democracy and the second most populous.

Many of its 1.2 billion people rely on the estimated 1.2* million working horses, donkeys and mules that support them to work on the land.

Each working equine animal supports an average of six people but many families who depend on working horses, donkeys and mules for a living face real problems rearing them. Animals often become sick because of a lack of proper food and clean water - their owners simply can’t afford to provide it - and difficult terrain and climate create a tough environment for them.These working equine animals play a major part in agricultural and transport but financial pressures often forces owners to overwork them.

Adequately trained vets with the knowledge and experience to treat working horses, donkeys and mules are hard to find.The central government advises on animal husbandry policies but it is the state governments that are responsible for delivering them.

The Brooke is playing a vital role in improving the quality of veterinary hospitals, dispensaries and mobile treatment facilities which, until recently, were under resourced and ill-equipped.

*(18th Livestock Census, Government of India, 2007)

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The Brooke India is the operating name of Brooke Hospital for Animals (India), a Company Limited by Guarantee in India under Section 25 of Companies Act 1956. (Registration No. U85200DL2001PTC111174). The Brooke India is a animal welfare organisation recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India. (Recognition Code Number: ND048/2010)

In India, the Brooke first established its liaison office in December 1999, at Delhi. Since then Brooke India has been continuously expanding its operations area directly and through partnership projects.


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