|Why Sponsor a Dog at The
Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust?
We try very hard not
to become a sanctuary but over the years several dogs have become permanent residents of
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust because they are not suitable for rehoming or because
the right home for them could not be found. We do our best to find loving homes for the
majority of dogs and some have even been adopted overseas, but inevitably there are some
who will remain with us. By sponsoring one of the dogs in our care, you will enable us to
provide care, treatment, vaccinations and neutering for these dogs and you will have the
satisfaction of knowing that one little Gambian dog who would otherwise have lived a life
of misery and hunger can live a normal happy life thanks to you.
How Much Does It Cost?
The sponsorship fee is £3 per month and you will receive a
Sponsor Certificate, details of the dog you decide to sponsor, a picture and updates
throughout the year (sent on Valentine's Day, during the Summer and at Christmas) on the
dog's progress. Subject to minimum 12 months sponsorship.
Sole Animal Sponsorship - If you would like to be a Sole
Animal Sponsor, the fee is £40 per month. With this sponsorship choice, the chosen animal
will be solely sponsored by yourself and not shared with anyone else. This Sponsorship is
available on a first come, first served basis, so please contact the GHDT Office
to discuss availability.
How Do I Sponsor?
To sponsor a dog please download our Dog Sponsorship Form **in PDF
Simply print it off and fill in your details. Don't forget
to indicate which animal you would like to sponsor and also whether you would like to
receive information and updates about your chosen animal by post or via email. By choosing
to receive updates by email you will help us to reduce the amount of paper we are using
and you will also help us to keep our administration costs to a minimum, meaning that more
money is available for helping the animals in our care.
Please send the completed form back to:
Brewery Arms Cottage
Can I Arrange a Gift Sponsorship?
Yes, if you are sponsoring an animal as a gift for someone
else, please indicate this on the Dog Sponsorship Form and ensure that you have given us
the recipients full contact details. The cost is £36 per year and the fee must be paid in
full before gift can be issued.
If you have any questions or queries about sponsoring a
dog, please contact:
Brewery Arms Cottage
|ONLINE SPONSORING: If you would like to pay
online for your sponsor animal by debit or credit card, please download our Dog
Sponsorship Form **in PDF
Simply print it off and fill in your
details. Please use the Red 'Donate' button below to make your payment and then email or
post your completed Dog Sponsorship Form to the GHDT Office,
ensuring that you have indicated you have already paid online.
|If you are donating on behalf of someone
else, please provide their name, postal details and the occasion e.g. birthday,
anniversary etc, so that we can send the appropriate sponsorship certificate.
PLEASE SELECT ONE OF
THE FOLLOWING ANIMALS
||RASTA - The staff have
a wonderful way of introducing a dog by saying it just "appeared" and saying it
has just been there for ages!
He is a sweet playful
boy with a lovely gentle personality. He loves to play with the other young dogs and loves
He also loves his home comforts and enjoys being in the
||CHARLIE BROWN - aka the
most handsome dog in Africa. Hobbies: Singing, encouraging others to sing, particularly at
3am, and swimming in the river. He is a bit of a bumbster and will go off with the
children hunting in the bush or stopping by compounds in the nearby village when it takes
his fancy, but comes back and demands to be let into 'his bedroom' by repeatedly knocking
on the door until it's opened.
His favourite game is
'spin the Charlie' - he lays on his back on the tiled floor, spin him round and round then
run off down the corridor, immediate zoomies after you in a game of kiss chase, catches
you - and repeat.
Moved in from the craft market next door.
||NITA - Nita is a sweet
natured and beautiful little girl. Sadly, she had her ears cut off. She found us when she
was a tiny pup. She sat outside the fence for days trying to pluck up the courage to come
in. (Not surprising that she lacked courage after being tortured by having her ears
The staff used to give her food but she
was extremely nervous. She would just sit and watch what was going on. Then one day she
just came in and very shyly greeted us Within days she was part of the family.
||TARZAN - Tarzan lived at The
Gambia College as a tiny pup. He used to beg for food from the students. One day Moss, who
is studying at the college, saw the poor hungry pup beg for food from someone who kicked
Moss emailed Heather with pictures of the pup
and asked if he could bring him to Makasutu. He has grown up with us and is a very sweet
and fun dog.
He will be rehomed if the perfect home can be found.
||MAX - Max is a black GSD
cross. He lived with Rocky and was abandoned by his owner three and a half months before
we found him.
He came to us in poor condition but
has responded well to TLC and good food. He adores Moss, our dog manager.
Many people have wanted to offer him a home but just
because of the way he looks. He is a sweet fun-loving dog and would suffer if chained
permanently as a guard dog because of his looks
||ANNIE - In August 2019, stray
dogs had been troubling sheep in a village in CRR. An order was made in the mosque one
Friday for all stray dogs to be killed. Annie happened to be trotting past the mosque when
people came out. She was chased and stoned and ran to our yard for shelter.
Two days later she gave birth to 6 beautiful pups. Four have been
homed but two remain with us.
Annie is a kind dog, but quite independent. She has the
||CREAMY - Creamy is one of
Annie's pups. A lovely, straightforward, uncomplicated boy who is very kind and cuddly and
he loves to snuggle up to you.
He is very
empathetic, and if someone is sick or injured, he gives them his full attention.
He was slightly nervous as a pup, so we felt the right home
should come to him rather than to go to just any home. He fits in well at Makasutu.
||ROCKET - Rocket is a large
handsome dog. We were asked to go and euthanize him as he was "vicious" and had
bitten 8 people.
His family loved him and he loved
them, but he could not cope with the teasing and cruelty of neighbouring children and he
responded in the only way he knew. He was very reactive when he first arrived with us, but
gradually he is learning to trust and love again.
He needs to be in a safe environment where he knows no
fear, or he could well regress again
||SIMBA - Simba was a beach
dog. He was one of six dogs who had botulism poisoning. Sadly, two died but the other four
came to Makasutu for 24 hour nursing care.
nursed 24 hours a day, having fluid removed from their lungs on a regular basis and lots
of nursing and physiotherapy. Three recovered and returned to the beach where they are
Simba took far longer to recover and we wondered if he
would ever fully recover. He is now up and running and is a very happy boy who adores
Emily who saved him. He Is likely to always have special needs so he will remain at
||SPICE - Spice lived in a
family and had a lovely life until mother nature took over and he started going after
bitches. He was then considered "dirty" and not allowed in the house.
He became very Ill and was sent to GHDT in a taxi. His temperature
was so high we feared organ failure. He had pneumonia amongst other things. Thankfully he
responded to antibiotics and then followed the process of getting this very thin dog to
put on weight.
He is a goofy, loveable dog and very handsome with gorgeous
||JOJO - JoJo is one of Annie's
pups. Like her mother, she has the most beautiful "grin" and smile.
She is very like her mother in that she is independent. She always
likes to take stock of a situation before she responds.
She is wonderful with the disabled children so she has been
kept as a therapy dog.
||ROCKY - Rocky's owner, who is
an expatriate, left the country permanently and left the dogs locked in the grounds of the
property he had rented. The landlord's watchman gave them a little food, but it was not
sufficient for two large dogs. They lost weight badly and were seen by some Swedish ladies
who reported them to us.
The dogs were brought to
Makasutu with the intention to rehabilitate and rehome. We discovered that Rocky has quite
severe arthritis and has suffered severe ear infections which make him quite snappy if you
touch his ears.
He lives a happy life at Makasutu, but is considered
unsuitable for rehoming.
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