Wednesday 18th of November 2020

The Lost War Horses of Cairo

A touching tribute to Dorothy Brooke and her fascinating charitable venture that lead to the beginning of the international charity The Brooke that protects and improves the lives of the working horses, donkeys and mules that give people in the developing world the opportunity to work their way out of poverty.

In 1930 wealthy Scottish socialite Dorothy Brooke followed her new husband to Cairo in Egypt to seek out the thousands of abandoned war horses of the First World War that were leading lives of toil and misery.

Brought to the Middle East by British forces during the Great War, these ex-cavalry horses had been left behind at the war’s end, abandoned as used equipment too costly to send home. Grant Hayter-Menzies chronicles not only the lives and eventual rescue of these noble creatures, who after years of deprivation and suffering found respite in the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital established by Dorothy, but also the story of the challenges of founding and maintaining an animal-rescue institution on this scale.

The legacy of the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital and its founder endures today in the dozens of international Brooke animal-welfare facilities dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

“A tribute to a courageous woman who worked to reduce suffering” – Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human

“This book is a superb tribute to Dorothy Brooke and her belief that such a charitable venture would form “a fitting part of a War Memorial.”….Utterly compelling.” – Joanna Lumley

Available to buy HERE 

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