Investing in the future community training

Many of the injuries we see each could be prevented with an understanding of basic animal care. We’re working to make sure that wherever we treat, we also train. By building skills and knowledge within communities, we’re helping to improve animal welfare in a sustainable way, preventing injuries and promoting compassion.

Sharing skills

Our vets provide vital treatments to hundreds of animals each year – but thousands more still need our help. That’s why we also deliver professional training that improves skills in developing countries around the world, supporting local vets, vet students, farriers and technicians. We’re working with teachers too, sharing the techniques and knowledge they need to deliver effective humane education that can transform the communities in which animals work.

Improving services

Many animals still suffer from preventable illnesses and injuries caused by poor nutrition and ill-fitting equipment. We work directly with local food suppliers, harness makers, farriers and others, meaning we can drive improvements in animal welfare that last.

Leave your lasting legacy for working Donkeys

Leaving a legacy enables you to help look after sick and injured working animals long into the future by leaving a gift to DONKEY RIGHTS GROUP in your Will.

Legacies are vital as they pay for nearly half of everything we do for working animals. In fact, they will help to pay for drugs and vital equipment and kept our sanctuary and improving the lives of working donkeys in Kenya.

Legacies also mean we can build a kinder, more humane future for working animals though our children’s education projects. We do this by fostering compassion for animals in children and replacing ignorance or negative attitudes with empathy and understanding. These changes can’t be done overnight – they are long term goals which require long term support. Leaving a legacy to us in your Will could help us reach many thousands of children with our animal welfare message in years to come.

You can play a part in our future.

Of course we understand that your family and loved ones will be your first priority. But if, after they have been taken care of, you are able to leave a legacy gift to DONKEY RIGHTS GROUP in your Will, you will be leaving the greatest gift of all. A gift of any size would make the world a better place for working animals, and the families that depend on them.

Writing your Will

Writing a Will doesn’t need to take much time. But a bit of preparation can help – which is why we’ve produced a guide to help answer some of the questions you may have. Our guide also highlights the different ways you can remember DONKEY RIGHTS GROUP and how leaving a legacy could help make a difference.

If you would like to receive our informative guides by post, or have any questions, please contact Betty in our friendly legacy team on +254788291450 or by emailing

Our campaign

The Donkey Rights Group through our offices, provides sanctuary to donkeys that have been mistreated or badly injured until such a time that they can be returned to their owner(s) or taken to new homes.We assess the welfare of donkeys using scientifically-validated welfare assessment techniques.
Our findings are used to prioritise our interventions, evaluate the effectiveness of our programmes and engage with communities.

  • Animal Welfare Policy

    The animal welfare policy describes the standard behaviours and actions which represents our partners, organisations or government who are expected to demonstrate to respect the needs and feelings of animals involved with any aspect of our work.
    The donkey's welfare issues includes.
    Rescue from mass slaughter.
    Neglect and abadonmemt
    Injury and disease
    Hunger and Thirst

  • Donkey healthcare

    To make a lasting difference to future generations of Donkeys, our veterinary teams work to strengthen existing healthcare infrastructures.

  • Sharing The Load Manual

    This manual is a guide to improving the welfare of donkeys through collective action, while taking into account the context of different target populations in terms of welfare risks to donkeys and the vulnerability of their owners’ livelihoods.

Our Care

We are striving to prevent donkeys suffering as the global demand for their meat, milk and skins rapidly grows.

In recent years, the demand for diverse products of donkey origin, including meat, milk and skins, has escalated rapidly and we are striving to prevent donkeys suffering in the process by working in partnership with key players in government, industry and the veterinary community to promote the highest international standards of donkey welfare.

The demand for donkey skins in particular, to produce Ejiao - a traditional Chinese medicine made from donkey-derived gelatin, has generated a significant trade across the globe and we believe current practices are unsustainable and causing mass-scale suffering.

Activities to procure donkey skins are largely unregulated and through our animal welfare partnerships in more than 40 countries, we have seen evidence of welfare issues for donkeys at every step, from sourcing to transport and finally to slaughter. The donkeys are frequently sourced from donkey-dependent communities, particularly in Kenya and other African countries, and the trade has impacted on their livelihoods and even economic stability.

Our interests are to ensure that the welfare of donkeys is seen as paramount in all donkey farming and associated industries and our expertise can make a difference to the care and welfare of the donkeys involved.

We Engage the communities

Engaging communities is one of the ideas we got to minimize this evil, and this has come out clearly as some had not realized the depleting population of donkey in their localities and high prices of donkeys in the market whereby a poor families cannot afford to buy when it is stolen.

All of us must come together to strengthen the resolve of the donkey communities to fight and resist donkey sales mistreatment and slaughter, we empower our people economically and ban licensing of abattoirs, arrest and prosecute thief’s to minimize this threat of donkeys, on-profit must come in by mobilizing them and providing educational resources to enlighten communities on this dangers, unless and until we involve donkey communities and all stake holders come together will be fighting a losing battle, coming together will be one step in winning this battle.

Donkeys in East Africa

Despite the increase in mechanization, donkeys are still well deserving of the name 'beasts of burden'. Throughout the world, they play an important role in the transport of people and goods in rural, arid and semi-arid areas and where roads are poor or non-existent.

A notable increase in the use of donkeys for tillage is evident in East Africa as the number of draft cattle on small farms have declined. This has resulted in changing perceptions of the value of the donkey in many rural communities that rely on animal power for crop production. Other than for labor, donkeys are the only alternative to oxen on many smallholder farms in East Africa. They are the cheapest form of farm power other than human labor, and therefore within reach of the "poorest of the poor"; they are available to women in cultures where men usually manage the draft animals and are therefore able to alleviate the drudgery of women's household activities, such as water and firewood carrying.

These two situations have resulted in an extraordinary increase in interest in the donkey since 1990 by both farmers and aid agencies as well as a realization that little is understood of donkeys' requirements, potential for improvement and contribution to rural livelihoods. The challenge facing farmers is to make the best use of the resources that they have available, while the challenge to livestock researchers and extension officers is to provide information that will help farmers do this. Donkeys have developed very loud vocalizations, which help them to keep in contact with other donkeys over the wide spaces of the desert.

Importance of donkeys and why we should care.

Donkeys have been a cornerstone in human existence and they still there in the entire communities today, ferrying water, food and crops. They are highly intelligent creatures, sociable and calm, capable of independent thinking and decision making. They are strong and won’t do something they consider unsafe, which makes them a great, trusted companion. Donkeys are, quite simply, amazing.

There are approximately 2.1 million donkeys Kenya and sadly so many are subjected to neglect and abuse, overworked and left in agony to die. This happens due to a lack of education, a lack of understanding of what good care looks like and the hardships of day to day life facing families and communities across the world. Many drive their donkeys into the grave simply out of a need to survive, to ensure their children and families are fed and sheltered. And when those families can no longer depend on their donkeys, more often than not its women, children and particularly girls who feel the impact most. Everyone’s lives are destroyed.

Rescue Campaign

The adoption scheme is fully run and funded by this wonderful supporter, whom we would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts.

All proceeds help the charity raise much needed funds which will enable Donkey Right Group to continue our critical work rescuing and caring for donkeys in kenya.

Veterinary Care

Here at Donkey Rights Group our work transforms lives. We provide lifesaving veterinary care, we educate current and future donkey owners. And, of course, we provide sanctuary to donkeys who have been neglected, abused and abandoned.