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.


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.

You may have seen

Two donkeys on Bamako rubbish dump pulling overloaded wagon of rubbish

Every Step is agony

Have you seen our TV ad? SPANA vets may be the only vets working animals like these ever see.

A man walks with his donkey with a heavy load

Play our raffle!

Take part in SPANA’s autumn raffle and win prizes while help working animals at the same time!


Jeremy’s educational legacy

Donate now to continue Jeremy’s Educational Legacy as he retires from SPANA


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…

Treat: SPANA's veterinary work
Train: SPANA trains local animal owners and veterinary staff
Teach: SPANA teaches the next generation how to care for animals