A donkey struggling with a heavy load at a rubbish dump in Mali

A working day for Kadi

Every day, Kadi the donkey struggles up hills of rubbish in sweltering 40 degree heat. Life is hard for humans and animals alike here in Bamako, Mali. Hundreds of working donkeys help their owners eke out a living collecting scrap.

Struggling under a particularly heavy load, Kadi collapsed – overcome by dehydration, hunger and exhaustion. She fell to her knees in the mud and no longer had the strength to stand. Try as he might, her owner couldn’t rouse her and he was becoming desperate.

How SPANA helped Kadi

Luckily, our SPANA team was already on site, there to provide tetanus immunisation to the dump’s working donkeys. When they saw Kadi fall, they rushed to her aid.

Our vets gave Kadi fresh water and high protein feed and allowed her time to recover her strength. They vaccinated her against tetanus and explained to her owner how important it was to keep her hydrated and provide her with regular rest. The vets also exchanged her owner’s painful rope harness for a padded harness which wouldn’t cut into the donkey’s chest and neck.

Three donkeys pulling a heavy cart on a rubbish tip in Mali

Kadi is one of the lucky ones. For millions of working animals across the world, weighed down and weary, help doesn’t come. Your support means SPANA can provide more lifesaving treatment and more humane education to owners. With your help, we can ensure donkeys like Kadi are saved from a life of unnecessary suffering.