India | Updated Oct 22, 2011 at 10:45am IST
Donkey Sanctuary: bringing relief to beasts of burden/GOOD TO KNOW THAT NOT ONLY HUMAN BEINGS BUT ANIMALS ARE GETTING ATTENTION...EVERYONE NEED TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY....VT
Juhi Chaudhary, CNN-IBN
New Delhi: Donkeys and mules, beasts of burden, and often a subject of ridicule. Not much attention has been focused on these over worked animals. At construction sites, these animals work with some of the poorest people in society carrying bricks, sand and heavy supplies. For over a decade, Jean and Bob Harrision have been running the 'Asswin project' - to provide medical care to sick and injured equines.
Jean said, "I came to India to holiday with daughter n we went to Old Delhi. I saw horses with open wounds, we saw donkeys coming home from work. They looked so tired. Little babies. And I said to my daughter that these are poor animals, they really really need help.
Jean and Bob keep a check on donkeys working at the construction sites. They know it's through the donkey owners that they can give a better life to these equines.
At Haryana's Donkey Sanctuary, a better life is provided for these animals. Sumit, a donkey who was born-blind and one-month-old Sid was born to a weak mother. Each animal is given proper medical help with a special focus on their nutrition.
This shelter houses nearly 30 donkeys. They were suffering from serious health problems right from malnutrition to foot and knee injuries, when they were found. Thanks to the efforts of Jean and Bob they are being nursed back to health.
Bob and Jean through their work, are making the world a better place - one animal at a time.