On a visit to a village called San Juana Tepulio, we met a donkey called Pancho, one of several donkeys used by the indigenous community to collect firewood from the mountains.
Because the community’s men travel as far away as the USA for work, it falls to the women to look after the children, animals and households.
Donkeys and their owners spend whole days collecting wood from the top of the mountain, carrying as much as 100 kg at a time. By the end of the day both donkey and owner are exhausted. But without wood, the women would be unable to cook or heat
With the men away, the women have always been reluctant to let male staff from The Donkey Sanctuary into their community.
Now, thanks to a new female manager, we have been able to start a community programme to help them ensure the future of their donkeys. During our visit we could see how much empathy the villagers had for their donkeys. Pancho’s owner, Juana, told us she’s owned him since he was a foal and that he was a well-loved family member.
Mexico Project - Interesting Facts
- First donkey clinics set up in 1984.
- 99,000 donkeys and mules are within reach of our project.
- We operate in Mexico City, Queretaro, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Guerrero areas.
- We collaborate with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
- 15 staff are employed locally.
- Our veterinary and community education work in Mexico costs £276,000 every year.