Solapur Project

Solapur is situated on Deccan plateau and one of the four districts from the region of Maharashtra the other three district are Satara ,Kolahapur ,and sangli . Solapur is fourth largest district in area and seventh in terms of population. It is situated at a distance of 410 km from the Maharashtra State Capital of Mumbai connected by road and train. Solapur is at a distance of 245 km from Pune and 325 km from Hyderabad.

It is an important junction on the central railway Line with the approx. Population of 872,478. Sholapur is a City with an array of small and medium scale industries.

Solapur is very famous for Textile Industries, SolapurChaddars (bed Sheets ) and Towels are famous around the globe. It has been a leading centre for cotton mills and power looms, though recent times have seen these industries relocate elsewhere. The chief deity of the city is Shri Siddeshwar. The "Nandidhwaj" procession on MakarSankranti fair is attended by millions of devotees. An annual fair is held in the month of January wherein huge crowd comes from various parts of country, which is called as Gadda Fair in vernacular language. It is also famous for its shengachatni and bhakri.

DSI started Sholapurproject in 2003 with small supply of medicines than gradually Vet and other staff was appointed to cater the donkeys in need.

Donkey Owner community

The donkey owner community in Sholapur is from mochi and wadar community which is very neglected and illiterate poor people lives in the center of the city –around lashkar, kumtanaka, RaviwarPeth Ashok Chawk ,and Nehru Nagar with very low socio economic status.

In the month of June every year this community celebrates the Festival called “Karunya“where they worship their donkey as a Laxmi(goddess of wealth).

Work of donkeys

Most of the donkeys are working in brick kilns and on construction sites where they load bricks and other construction material. There are 181 brick kilns in Sholapur, And the total no. of Donkey cater by donkey sanctuary India in Sholapuris 1823.

Common Problems

  • No shelter, no food provided for animal.
  • No medical treatment.
  • Donkeys left abundant on streets suffering from wounds and injuries.
  • Number of accident cases are very high
  • Stealing of Donkeys for – slaughter and Selling in other cities for work
  • High number of tetanus , rabies and colic cases.
  • Over loading. , Beating
  • Branding by Hot iron rod or piercing and cutting of nose and Ears.
  • Cruelty and negligence.
  • Donkeys left abundant to die after accidents or becoming old.

DSI intervention

DSI work with mobile clinic to provide free Veterinary and vaccination services to the animals. And also Education and awareness programs for the community.

Level of Engagements / interventions done so far:
  • Mobile clinic visit and for emergency call out.
  • Education and awareness programs for donkey owner community for donkey welfare
  • Training for Harness making for women’s and owners by local harness making trainer
  • Plastic awareness program in schools to avoid colic
  • Education and awareness program for rabies and tetanus.
  • Wound management training for Donkey owners.
  • Education and awareness in schools for donkey welfare.
  • Education and awareness in local people through group discussion, newspaper and television.
  • Survey and mapping for donkey stealing
  • One to one discussion with the owners for further investigation and solutions.
  • Highlighting the issue in local newspaper and television
  • Documentary on donkey stealing for local awareness
  • Involvement of local authority like crime branch.
  • I- card from crime branch for the owners for monitoring their donkeys in night
  • Posters display announcing award for the person who catches the thief’s.
  • Case study of an owner for his earning.


After the intervention and education and awareness programs of DSI the donkey owners are taking care of their animals and the number of Beating and cruel branding is reduced. DSI suggested various safe and skin friendly branding styles By Using hina or Die.

  • Owners are taking care of their sick animals and provide them medicines.
  • Food and shelter is also provided by the owner in their residence or at the brick kiln.
  • Owners regularly keep watching their donkeys mainly in off season ( not just leave them abundant on street to die )
  • Taking active part in the activities suggested in the education sessions.
  • Owners stopped Using young donkeys for work.
  • Reduction in number of overloading cases.
  • The practice of cutting nostril for branding and tetanus is stopped completely.