Brown horse pulling cart in Ethiopia

About Us

Established in 1923, SPANA’s goal is simple: to improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities.

Through three key areas – treating, training and teaching – we’re inspiring others to act in the best interests of working animals and providing practical, professional and sustainable solutions.

We receive no government funding, so we rely on our loyal supporters, professional partners and likeminded organisations to help us in this huge but vital task.

The Issue

Countless families across the world depend on horses, mules, donkeys, camels and oxen for their livelihoods – and sometimes even their lives. These hardworking animals are the backbone of many societies, yet their lives can be short and involve great suffering. Working day after day in extreme temperatures, often with poor harnessing, little food and no veterinary care when they are sick or injured, many working animals endure constant pain.

Our Vision

A world where every working animal lives a life free from suffering and is treated with compassion.

How we help

We believe the fortunes of working animals and people go hand in hand.

That’s why we deliver practical support that improves the lives of working animals alongside the communities that depend on them.

Our Mission

To improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities.

We do this through treatment, training and teaching. We TREAT by providing free veterinary care when animals suffer or when emergencies strike. We TRAIN by building expertise among vets and promoting humane care by animal owners. We TEACH children to develop positive beliefs, respect and compassion towards animals.