Our residents


 Rajani is a 12 year old donkey who in May 2012, after yet another season of brick hauling, was supposed to travel back to West Nepal with her owner. However, Animal Nepal found that she was malnourished and suffered from saddle wounds. Her owner was requested to give her up so she could retire at the donkey sanctuary. Rajani arrived at the shelter on May 29, 2012. The white coloured donkey with brown markings is enjoying her new life at the sanctuary.





Janet, a female white colored donkey, is one of the countless donkeys that turned blind while working in a brick factor. Her eyes became infected due to brick dust, and were left untreated.  Janet is already around 15 years old, which is why her owner agreed to send her to Animal Nepal’s donkey sanctuary. Janet’s health is better than our average residents. We hope she will enjoy her new home!


Samir is 12 year old male donkey who was rescued on June 14, 2012. He was suffering from a terrible skin disease and nutritional deficiencies. The grey coloured donkey with brown markings was abandoned by his owner when he returned to West Nepal. Animal Nepal found him just in time, as Samir was unable to find food and water. We are happy to have him with us!


Rose is a 10 year old female donkey who was forced to work in a brick factory when she was heavily pregnant.  Suffering from malnutrition, she was a sorry sight. A UK visitor decided to rescue her. Rose gave birth to Puffin, and fully recovered from her ordeal. In June 2012, when her rescuer left for the UK, Rose, together with daughter Puffin, joined Animal Nepal donkey sanctuary.


Puffin is the 3 year old daughter of Rose, a working donkey that was rescued while heavily pregnant. Puffin was born under much better circumstances than her mum, and will not be working in brick factories. Puffin joined us in June 2012, together with her mum Rose. She and Victory are the only donkeys that are not born in a brick factory.


Due to a calcium deficiency, Ricky, an 8 year old miniature mule working in one of Lalitpur’s brick factories, suffers from a painful condition in which his front legs are bend. Despite his condition, Ricky still had to haul bricks from early morning till late afternoon.

On February 17, 2012, we managed to convince his owner to give up the suffering working mule. Ricky is a feisty equine, who in the beginning did not like to be touched.  It’s a good thing that Ricky is already warming up to Buddy, a horse suffering from lameness. The two can usually be seen nuzzling each other.



On November 3, 2011, Animal Nepal rescued a malnourished horse with a hoof that was so badly overgrown and infected, it could hardly walk. Ten year old Buddy worked in various brick factories in Kathmandu, Nepal. His last owner bought the small build horse for a mere NRs 4000 (40 euro) even though it was clear Buddy would not be able to work anymore. For many months Buddy could be found hobbling in a nearby field, trying to find grass and water. As he was not given any additional food, Buddy became malnourished. A very gentle character, Buddy was given a new lease on life in November 2011 when rescued by Animal Nepal. At the Godavari Donkey Sanctuary its hoof was cut and the hoof infection treated.


Siddhi was abandoned by its owner when he and his herd moved back to West Nepal. Animal Nepal found the heavily pregnant 9 year old donkey while organising a donkey convoy and decided to send her to the donkey sanctuary. Unfortunately help came too late for the unborn foal; Siddhi gave birth to a dead foal seven days after her arrival. Siddhi suffered from eye infections due to dust particles and had almost gone blind. Thanks to vitamin and mineral supplements, Siddhi’s health soon improved. Eye treatment greatly reduced the infections but  Siddhi continues to have reduced vision in one eye.  We are happy that this unfortunate donkey has found a loving home with us.



 When the brick season ended in 2011, it was found that a very scared blind mule had been left behind by its owner when he and his herd moved back to West Nepal. 13-year old Bhim was not only blind but also slightly deaf and suffering from a wound on its back. It was searching for food but was unable to find any in the hot, dry surroundings. Animal Nepal’s team upset to find the abandoned mule and immediately arranged for its rescue.

Although he tends to walk into fences and people, Bhim feels comfy at his new home. He likes to stick to himself but enjoys the occasional cuddle from one of the staff or a visitor.


Clover was rescued from Bol Bum brick factory on March 4, 2010,  and adopted by Kit and Moyra Spencer. She too will return to our sanctuary next month. When we rescued Clover, she had recently given birth to a dead foal. After this the condition of the partly blind donkey deteriorated to the point where she was close to death. She also suffered (and still does to some extend) from a skin condition. Clover knows how to get what she wants….she has a very loud bray! We are happy having this noisy girl back at our sanctuary.


Victory is a special resident at our sanctuary as she was the first foal to be born here. Victory is the daughter of Bruna, whom we rescued on March 5, 2011. Bruna at that time was pregnant and suffered from a lame front leg and refused to work, which was why she was abandoned by her owner. Fearing a miscarriage, Animal Nepal rescued the donkey. Bruna improved quickly and gave birth to a beautiful white coloured foal in June 2011. Victory is a cuddly foal who enjoys spending time with volunteers and visitors.



Bruna was found lying in the dust in a brick factory on March 5, 2011. She was pregnant and suffered from a lame front leg and refused to work, which was why she was abandoned by her owner. Fearing a miscarriage, Animal Nepal rescued the donkey, who was named after Portugese volunteer Bruna Moreire. Bruna improved and gave birth to Victory in June 2011.



In May 2009 Kavita was abandoned by an irresponsible owner after the brick season ended. The donkeys were wandering outside the brick kiln, without food, water or shelter. Kavita is half blind.


On May 17, 2010 our staff came across Maya, a frightened, light coloured 13-year donkey, at Bolbum brick kiln. Maya tried to find grass and water but was unable to do so. She turned out to be fully blind, and malnourished and dehydrated. Maya also suffered from a skin disease and saddle sores. If our staff would not have found her in time, Maya would not have survived. After getting permission to take her, Maya was transported to our Donkey Sanctuary where she received emergency treatment. She was kept in a separate room for a few days, until she was strong enough to mix with the other donkeys. Maya is recovering well. We are hoping her eye sight will recover a little thanks to daily eye cleansing and treatment. We wish Maya a happy well deserved retirement! (May 2010)



On July 6 2009  we rescued donkey Maneka with her baby Sanu from Bhaktapur. After the brick season finished in May, Maneka was left behind by a heartless owner. By this time she was lame AND pregnant. Maneka most probably gave birth to Sanu on a busy intersection in the heart of Bhaktapur.

Maneka and her foal Sanu recovered and spend a few months together until Sanu became too big for her lame mother. Sanu was adopted by a Chitwan farm, and Maneka’s remains with us.




Tika is a brown, 16 year old female mule who was abandoned on a heartless owner on the road in a village called Tika Bhairab, Lalitpur district. Animal Nepal rescued her in April 2010. She is partly blind and has a dislocated front leg leaving her permanently handicapped. She also suffers from malnutrition and a skin disorder. Tika has worked in brick kilns for many years. She was forced to sacrifice her health for the wellbeing of those who use the bricks she hauled to build comfortable middle class houses. She now enjoys a well deserved retirement at our donkey sanctuary. 


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christophe Abbou
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 11:17:38

    Dear Sanctuary Nepal,

    So much love from few almost makes us forget that most do not respect animals …

    Thank you for such courageous and lovely initiative, unfortunately necessary in the Sub-Continent…

    Hoping that torture, ill treatment and carelessness on animals will become soon images of the past.

    Best regards,

    Christophe ABBOU (France)


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