By the 1980s and 1990s, SPANA had expanded beyond the charity’s North African roots, launching new programmes to help working animals in the Middle East and then across West and East Africa. Our increased global focus was reflected in our full name being updated to ‘The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad’ in 1991.
As the world entered a new millennium, SPANA continued to expand its global reach, establishing programmes in Mauritania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Further programmes in India and Tanzania soon followed.
SPANA’s emergency projects also continued to develop, offering a lifeline to working animals at severe risk in crisis situations across the world. Thanks to our supporters, dedicated SPANA teams have provided lifesaving feed, veterinary treatment and support to working animals threatened by climate change, natural disasters and human conflict – including in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Egypt, Mongolia, India and Kosovo.
During the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, local government lockdowns and health restrictions meant that many animal owners were unable to work and struggled to look after or even feed their working animals. Throughout this time, SPANA teams across the world ensured that vital care and emergency feed was available for thousands of working animals whose survival was under threat.