Campaign Will Improve Welfare of Mares and Foals Around the World

Newsdate: Wed February 28, 2018, 8:20 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

Life is hard for the 100 million working equines in the developing world, because 600 million people depend on them for their livelihoods.

Help for international equines

Help for international equines

Brooke USA funds practical, sustainable, scientifically proven programs that can be adopted by the poorest owners to improve the welfare of their equines.
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Life is particularly difficult for working mares who are either pregnant or have foals by their sides while laboring in back-breaking jobs in the brick kilns of Afghanistan, the deserts of Senegal, the coal mines of Pakistan, the mountains of Nepal, on busy city streets in India, or in the construction industry of Kenya.

A new campaign from Brooke USA called March MAREness will raise funds to ease the suffering of those animals.

Most equine owners in developing countries have neither the skills, knowledge, nor resources to provide adequate care for their animals. Brooke USA funds practical, sustainable, scientifically proven programs that can be adopted by even the poorest owners to measurably improve the welfare of the animals on whom they depend.

Emily Dulin, executive director of Brooke USA, said, “While most of the country will be focused on ‘March Madness’ this month, we’ll be focusing on ‘March MAREness’ and raising critical funds for projects that help these animals and their owners.

“Working through Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, we’ll fund programs that provide training for owners in proper nutrition for mares and foals, vaccinations and de-worming, while encouraging them to give sufficient time-off from work for mares and foals to bond and nurse during this very important time in their lives.

The programs also teach the importance of keeping the animals’ stabling clean to prevent fatal diseases.”

By helping mares and foals, the March MAREness campaign will also benefit the families who rely on those animals by ensuring that their animals remain healthy and happy, and able to continue their important roles as economic stabilizers.

For more information about March MAREness and ways that you can help, go to, call the Brooke USA office at 859-296-0037, or email

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