Donkey carrying yellow water cans with children and donkey pulling cart behind


SPANA believes that a life of work should never mean a life of suffering, and our mission is to improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities.

We do this through treatment, training and teaching.

Donkey on beach pulling cart
Donkey on beach pulling cart

The Need

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 and elephants supports the livelihoods of a billion people worldwide – yet only a small fraction will ever gain desperately-needed access to veterinary care. When working animals are sick, injured or in pain, there is no rest. Their hard lives are often short and filled with pain.

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Dama before treatment - with ears

Will you lend your hand in preventing animal lameness?

Lameness is one of the most common problems our vets face, wherever they go. Please support SPANA and play your part in preventing animal lameness.

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Donkey foal with mother in the background

The Lucky Horseshoe Raffle 2017

Did you enter the Lucky Horseshoe Spring Raffle? We’re delighted to announce the winners!

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Bullo the white horse suffering with EZL

Please donate £15 to save a horse like Bullo from the agony of EZL

Cart horses in Ethiopia afflicted by a terrible disease are being abandoned and left for dead.  Please support SPANA to help end their suffering.

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Bulls drinking from bucket

be part of the solution

By providing free veterinary care, farriery, dentistry, humane education, emergency feed and professional training, we’re building a more compassionate future for working animals. But the scale of the problem is vast and there are millions of working animals in pain that need SPANA’s help right now. We won’t rest until every working animal enjoys a life free from suffering.

We receive no government funding. Every success you read about here really was made possible by people like you who, like us, cannot ignore the daily struggle of hardworking animals. We can do nothing at all without you – if you believe working animals deserve compassion and care, find out more about how you could be part of the solution…

Infographic reading '80% of the world's working equines are found in the developing countries - 97% of mules, 96% of donkeys, 60% of horses
Illustration of donkeys
Illustration of donkeys
Illustration of horses
Camel mother and calf with owner, treat in large letters
Train: SPANA trains local animal owners and veterinary staff
Teach: SPANA teaches the next generation how to care for animals