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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 Download the Dog Sponsorship form in pdf format

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:

Sponsor Administrator,
Brewery Arms Cottage
Stane Street
01306 627568

Email: GHDT Office

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:

Sponsor Administrator,
Brewery Arms Cottage
Stane Street
01306 627568

Email: GHDT Office

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 Download the Dog Sponsorship form in pdf format

Simply print it off and fill in your details. Please use the Red 'Donate' button below to make your payment. You will be redirected to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website, which is a secure site. 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.

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Charlie Brown 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 - 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 removed.)

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.


Max 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


Creamy 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.


Simba 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.

They were 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 doing well.

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 Makasutu!


Spice 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 pale eyes


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