In this unprecedented time, the working animals of the world need your help more than ever.
Life is already extremely hard for working animals living in the world’s poorest and most remote communities. These hardworking animals struggle to support their owners’ families, battling unforgiving climates, challenging conditions and tough terrains. In times of crisis, these vulnerable animals are often hit the hardest. And should they become sick or injured, their suffering is magnified.
As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, these animals are more essential than ever to the survival of their communities. We must work together to keep them safe and well.
Cano is a nine-year-old donkey living in the very remote mountains of Kurdistan. Early each morning, Cano leads 500 sheep to graze in nearby fields, where he must guard them all day. Through sweltering summers and bitterly cold winters, Cano is responsible for these sheep and for the livelihood of his owner Marrii’s family of seven.
When he is not shepherding sheep, Cano’s job is to move heavy goods over treacherous terrain. This arduous work takes its toll on his young body. Recently, the poorly fitting chain around his nose began to rub and caused a painful open wound. To get some relief from the ceaseless itching and stinging, Cano furiously rubbed his head against trees. But this only damaged the skin more, deepening the wound and putting Cano further at risk.
In this muddy, dirty and hazardous working environment, Cano’s wound was in real danger of becoming infected. Without urgent treatment, an infection could spread, causing swelling and incredible pain.