Petra: FOUR PAWS' second mission for horses and donkeys in Jordan
After our first visit in March, we headed back to Petra, Jordan, to help donkeys and horses who carry tourists through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately they are kept in unhealthy conditions - with temperatures around 30 degrees, donkeys and horses are shackled to carriages or have to rest for hours in the blazing sun without any shade, and irregular feeding and watering times. Together with our partner organization Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) and the Petra Developments and Tourism Authority (PDTRA) we launched a project in January to improve the health and working conditions of horses and donkeys. At the moment we are building stables and water diversion systems and want to modernize the existing veterinary clinic by purchasing veterinary equipment. Together with our partners we will continue to organize the lacking medicines and trainings for local horse owners and veterinarians.
The stables in Petra are almost finished
When our team arrived in Petra, the heat was unusually high. In addition to the daily treatment and care of working horses and donkeys, we also managed to visit the stables that we are building for these animals. We are very excited that the stables are almost finished, so that the horses can move into their new home pretty soon. In future we also want to see the donkey owners using the newly built stables for their animals.
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Workshop with horse experts
We also want to improve the working conditions of horses and donkeys, which is why our partner organization Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) invited the acknowledged horse expert Dr. Sameeh M. Aburtabush to Petra. Besides the countless treatments he carried out in a two-day workshop, he also shared his profound knowledge with the owners of the animals and FOUR PAWS’ vet Dr. Ovidiu Rosu. This should lead long-term to a healthier and longer life for working horses and donkeys.