Meet the June Horse of the Month
A Mare Who Plays a Key Role for Her Community’s Livelihood
You can find Rani most days of the week working in a brickyard in Pakistan. She is a true inspiration. Despite the challenging conditions she faces helping move bricks as she pulls a cart, Rani continues to work tirelessly alongside her human partners to help build a better future for their community. Rani also cares for her foals as a loving mother.
Her strength, resilience, and unwavering dedication serve as a reminder of the incredible bond that can exist between humans and animals. Rani’s story reminds us of the importance of treating all living beings with kindness and respect and the potential for positive change when we work together towards a common goal. Her spirit and determination are truly inspiring and a testament to the incredible power of the human-animal bond.
Meet Dorothy Brooke, Founder of the Brooke Family of Charitable Organizations
In 1926, equine activist Dorothy Brooke traveled from her home in England to Cairo, Egypt with her husband. While there, she met war horses that served in World War I who had been abandoned when the war had ended. These war horses were living in less-than-ideal conditions and in poor health. Dorothy felt a calling to search for the old war horses, whom “she hated to remember yet could not forget.” By 1930, after hearing rumors of the emaciated equines – these war horses – left in Egypt, Dorothy made it her mission to track down the abandoned horses.
Old Bill Inspired the Future
By 1930, after hearing rumors of the emaciated equines – these war horses – left in Egypt, Dorothy made it her mission to track down the abandoned horses. It took her several weeks to find the first horse, but that number quickly evolved to 5,000 army horses and mules between the years 1930 to 1934.
During this time, Dorothy met a horse named Old Bill. She and Old Bill quickly bonded, and the relationship between the two ignited Dorothy to help horses and mules in need. Later, her mission became to bring awareness to the plight of working equines in some of the poorest places on earth as she founded Brooke: Action for Working Horses & Donkeys with Brooke USA Foundation (Brooke USA) as its sister organization funding equine welfare projects all over the world.
Brooke USA’s Mission
Horses have been serving humans for thousands of years, with their strength, speed, and agility, making them valuable partners in various roles. From transportation and agriculture to law enforcement and therapy, horses have played an integral role in shaping human history and shaping our world.
Today, it is Brooke USA’s mission to “significantly improve the health, welfare, and productivity of working horses, donkeys, and mules and the people who depend on them for survival worldwide”. Brooke USA’s goal is to ensure happy, healthy equines that work in partnership to create prosperous and sustainable economies.
Rani, the June Horse of the Month
Dorothy Brooke and Old Bill