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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Big Knit for Vet Kit characters - Horse, camel, donkey, cow and elephant

Emma the elephant

Have you met the newest addition to the Big Knit for Vet Kit family? We’d like to introduce Emma the elephant!

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Read the latest Stablemate

Find out all about the recent progress of SPANA projects around the world, and the difference that your support can make in the latest issue of Stablemate magazine.

Elephant in Burma

Help working elephants

Donate now to help us buy a much needed mobile vet clinic to treat Burma’s working elephants.

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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