Donkey Welfare

We visited Mwea to inspect the abattoirs, and while at that we held a brief meeting with donkey users in conjunction with the county vets. The aim was to practically demonstrate the making of good harnesses, and educate them the general welfare of donkeys.

The donkey pictured below is reported to have attacked a member of its household in Gikambura, who was taken to hospital for medical attention. The donkey is healthy but needs to be castrated, so we brought him to the shelter to undergo the procedure. We also advised the owners to get him a companion to help break the boredom.

We responded to another case of donkey that had tetanus. The donkey was in critical condition and therefore had to be put to sleep.

We rescued this other donkey that had been hit by a vehicle in Naivasha. The accident resulted to a broken hind limb, which was attended to by our vet.

Our team did a welfare assessment check at Kimumu on Iten Road and found out that the problem of constant whipping of donkeys and subjecting wounded donkeys to working conditions had reduced, after several visits and follow-ups. They also visited Matisi area in Kitale where there’s common use of donkeys, and did an assessment of the donkeys status, which was commendable.

We received reports of a donkey in Limuru that had injured hooves and appeared bowlegged. We ascertained that it was a case of overgrown hooves and we referred the owner to KENDAT, who were able to assist.

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