Working animal charity SPANA’s mission is to improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities.
Around the world as many as 200 million animals transport goods to markets, children to schools and water and supplies to remote communities. This essential but forgotten workforce of donkeys, horses, mules, camels, elephants and other working animals supports the livelihoods of over one billion people worldwide – yet only a small fraction have access to the veterinary care they so desperately need.
SPANA works to ease suffering and promote compassion. It does this through a combination of treatment, training and teaching. The charity treats by providing free veterinary care when animals are sick or injured, or when emergencies strike. It trains by building expertise among vets and promoting humane care by animal owners. It also teaches children to develop positive attitudes, empathy and respect towards animals.
Founded in 1923, the charity works tirelessly in developing countries around the world to get help to animals wherever and whenever it’s needed. It does this with no government funding, relying entirely on the kindness of those who share their vision of a world where working animals receive the care they deserve.