Dr. Dana traveled to Africa in October of 2011 with a World Vets team to give veterinary care to the working donkeys of Kahama, Tanzania. This was by far the hardest trip she has taken to date! The challenges of language and cultural barriers were remarkable.
In Kahama the tiny donkeys are used to pull carts that transport goods to market and bring supplies home to the villages. Without these little guys commerce would be stalled and local economy stymied. These people are poverty stricken and live a life almost inconceivable to Western culture. There are few flush toilets, clothes are second hand and human medical care is practically non-existent. The donkeys are treated like a tool. If they cannot work due to health or lameness problems, they are discarded and left to starve.
The goal of World Vets was to train and equip the local animal care agents in basic care, with the thought that if they received help to improve the health care of the donkeys, it would improve the quality of life of the animals and also the people who employ them. In addition, World Vets presence and concern for the donkeys should increase the value of the animals in the eyes of the people.
In all, 260 donkeys were cared for by the team, and 1000 additional doses of dewormer and tetanus vaccines were left to help even more donkeys. Through your generous donations the World Vets team was able to leave dental and hoof tools with the local veterinarian. This will allow him, now that he is properly trained, to provide foot and dental care to the donkeys in his practice area for years to come.
“I am blessed to be supported by such an outstanding group of friends, family and donkey lovers! 100% of the donations were used solely for the purchase of supplies used for the donkey care on this trip. I was able to make a more significant impact because of your generosity!” – Dr. Dana