A day in the life: Victoria

SPANA Veterinary Programme Advisor Victoria is one of the dedicated head office vets who helps…

SPANA intern cleaning a donkey wound

A day in the Life: Sayma

Each month, we introduce a different member of the team to learn about their experience…

Elephants in Myanmar

Elephant Facts and FAQs

Elephant FAQs Here you’ll find an amazing resource of useful elephant facts and information about…

Brown donkey eating straw in stable

What do donkeys eat?

The most appropriate feed for donkeys is straw, hay and grass in moderation. Although you…

A horse pulls a cart in Ethiopia

What are working horses?

We once relied heavily on working horses. Before motor vehicles, they were the most common…

Horses in Ethiopia drinking water

What do horses eat?

Horses are herbivores and, as such, they need a very specific diet. They must consume…

Outreach and Impact Advisor, Kate Scruton, reflects on the ICHE teacher training course and her visit to Kenya

Training humane educators in Kenya

Outreach and Impact Advisor, Kate Scruton, reflects on the ICHE teacher training course and her…

Light brown horse with white nose, held by man in grey hoodie, being tended by a vet in dark blue overalls

A vet’s first impressions of Ethiopia

In March, Veterinary Programme Advisor Dr Victoria Phillips joined the SPANA team. Having mostly worked…

APOWA: An inspiring visit in India

On a recent to visit SPANA-funded welfare education project APOWA, SPANA Trustee Lady Odile Slynn…

Working donkeys

What are working donkeys?

There are an estimated 42 million working donkeys that in developing countries are being used…

Man and brown horse morocco

Meet legacy supporter Anne Paul

SPANA sits down with Anne Paul, a long-time supporter to talk about what leaving a…

A carriage horse tries to graze on the thorny land

My mother would have been overjoyed!

SPANA’s newest trustee Dr Mary-Lorraine Hughes makes her first visit to SPANA Morocco; she talks…

Horses in Mongolia

Did you realise how important animals are in Mongolia?

Discover just how vital animals such as horses, sheep, goats, cows, and camels are in…

A girl pours a tea out of a lemon teapot during SPANA's World Tea Party.

Host a kid’s tea party for a good cause!

So you’ve decided to host a fundraising kids’ tea party, that’s great! You’re giving a…

A young girl reads about animal welfare in our SPANA education bus

The power of prevention in Tunisia

SPANA Chief Executive Geoffrey Dennis’ reflects on preventive veterinary medicine and its life-saving impact in…

A teacher teaches children about human welfare

First impressions on humane education in Jordan

Outreach and Impact Advisor, Kate Scruton, reflects on the importance of education and her first…

5 reasons why you should give knitting a go

The New Year is now well on its way, and your resolve to commit to…

Three donkeys pull scrap in Bamako, Mail

New Chief Executive reflects on his first trip with SPANA

Chief Executive Geoffrey Dennis reflects on his first trip on behalf of SPANA and the…

Knitted donkey, camel, ox and elephant

Meet Big Knit for Vet Kit pattern designer, Val Pierce

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Val Pierce of www.crossedneedles.co.uk. Val very…

Donkey foal being petted by young boy

SPANA’s cutest animal of the year

No matter what the treatment is, or the level of need, we know that each and every…

Donkey with spray painted phone number in Botswana

Rescuing Botswana’s stray donkeys

Lost donkeys are a common problem in rural Botswana. Read about how the SPANA Botswana…

SPANA supporters talking to SPANA vets

A fond farewell to the SPANA Supporter’s Tour

Yesterday I returned from Zimbabwe with a slightly heavy heart after leading my last supporters’…

Jeremy Hulme with an elephant in Myanmar

An update from Myanmar’s working elephants camps

Back from the jungles of Myanmar, Chief Executive Jeremy Hulme talks about SPANA’s impact on…

Jeremy Hulme, SPANA CEO at a SPANA education project in Mauritania talking to children

Jeremy reflects on the impact of education

As he prepares to retire after 28 years at the helm, SPANA Chief Executive Jeremy Hulme…

Donkey and foal in Mauritania

Change is happening in Mauritania

Chief Executive Jeremy Hulme reflects on progress being made in Mauritania and the changes he’s…

Two donkeys carrying heavy loads

Paul O’Grady supports SPANA’s International Working Animal Day

TV star Paul O’Grady lends his support to SPANA’s International Working Animal Day on June 15th….

A SPANA vet examining a horse in Botswana

What is fistulous withers?

Fistulous withers can be a painful and potentially fatal condition caused by the rubbing and…

children attend a spana animal welfare class

World animal day assembly ideas

World Animal Day is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages to learn more…

A SPANA vet fits a more comfortable bit

A guide to bridles

SPANA vets treat countless injuries resulting from painful bridles and bits at our centres. For…

Owners bring their donkeys to be seen at a SPANA mobile clinic in Zimbabwe

A guide to horse harness parts

All too often, SPANA vets treat injuries and infections caused by poorly fitting harnesses that…

Two boys use their family donkeys to collect water in Zimbabwe.

What is World Animal Day?

On October 4th, animal lovers around the world will unite to speak up for those…

A camel in Tunisia

Fundraising ideas for the International Day of Charity

How can I get involved in the International Day of Charity? This September 5th is…

A SPANA vet leads a mule out of the stables for treatment

What is a mule? 13 things you didn’t know

Mules are one of the most commonly used working animals in the world, highly prized…

SPANA donkey with cow pattern nose band

Comfortable harnesses can make all the difference

SPANA’s Veterinary Programme Advisor Hannah Davies regularly sees easily preventable injuries as a result of…

Two horses looking through fence

Sponsor just one horse? Or you could sponsor a whole stable….

Every day all over the world, SPANA works in communities to provide expert care to…

Browen horse being treated in Mauritania

Bringing you an update from Jordan

For the past 27 years, SPANA has been providing veterinary care to the working animals…

SPANA vets treating donkey foal

New equipment that’s saving lives

SPANA’s Veterinary Programme Advisor Hannah Davies visits Morocco to see how new equipment like digital…

SPANA training the next generation of teachers

Training the next generation of teachers

At SPANA it’s not just our veterinary care that helps give working animals better lives…

Tug of war game in progress

10 charity fundraising ideas for work

10 charity fundraising ideas for work Office fundraising challenges are a great way to raise…

Grape, cheese and wine

13 charity fundraising ideas for people who love food

Want to give a bit of time to a good cause but need some inspiration?…

Camel in front of rolling landscape

13 fun facts about camels

Did you know SPANA helps treat over 3,000 hard-working camels each year? People have kept…

Donkey pulling cart on the beach

Learning and veterinary care in Mauritania

Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania is home to our core SPANA centre in the…

Brown donkey looking over stable door

Celebrate with SPANA!

Jessie, SPANA’s Community and Supporter Care Officer explains how you can make your next celebration…

Women who make a difference with SPANA

Celebrating the women of SPANA

SPANA was founded by women – Kate Hosali and her daughter Nina – and many…

White horse in SPANA stable

Protecting working animals

Find out how we tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing working animals around…

Goats with their owners

An update from Ethiopia

Our chief executive Jeremy Hulme writes about his latest trip to Ethiopia to see our…

SPANA Ethiopia's veterinary team

Spreading good farriery skills

In September, SPANA’s Veterinary Programme Advisor, Cecilia Gath, organised a workshop to improve the skills…

Cupcakes with SPANA logo in frosting

Six charity fundraising ideas for you to try in 2016

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to give some of your time to charity,…

Moroccan children and foal at SPANA education classes

Stopping animal suffering through education

SPANA’s education programme is key in stopping the suffering of working animals. Alex Saran, SPANA’s…

SPANA banner image featuring multiple foal, horse and donkey images

12 cutest animals of 2015

We’ve helped a lot of adorable animals over the last year, let’s take a look…

SPANA vet with cattle

Food, glorious food!

SPANA vet Hannah Davies went to Ethiopia to see the devastating impact its drought is…

SPANA water trough refilling carriage pulled by two horses

Providing a lifeline for thirsty animals

In Marrakech, Morocco, temperatures in the summer regularly exceed 40°C. In the sweltering heat, it’s…

SPANA vet with donkey pulling cart

Rubbish dump donkeys

SPANA’s Veterinary Programme Advisor Hannah Davies recently took her first trip to Mali to see…

SPANA community development workshop in Ethiopia

Community training in Ethiopia

Our Community Training Advisor, Macaulay Olagoke, recently visited Ethiopia to train both Community Training Officers…

SPANA support tour

Leaving a legacy behind

SPANA chief executive Jeremy Hulme recently wrote about his hopes for the future of SPANA…

Brown donkey

A busy day at the Chemaia clinic!

Read more about volunteer vet Harriet’s time with SPANA in Morocco… I spent ten days…

SPANA Morocco veterinary team

“Fetch the anaesthetist!”

Read about our new veterinary programme advisor Hannah Davies’ first trip abroad with SPANA… I…

Horse with eye wound

Helping Harry the horse

Read how newly-qualified vet Harriet helped to treat Harry the horse’s mysterious wounds while she…

Two donkeys looking over stable door

A summer volunteering for SPANA

Bethany Wilkinson has spent the summer volunteering for the Communications team at SPANA’s head office…

Taking on The Vet Charity Challenge

The Vet Charity Challenge is a one-day fundraising event for those in the veterinary sector,…

Brown mule receiving treatment at SPANA veterinary centre

Back to Marrakech

In her fifth and final entry in a series of blogs, read about vet Jo…

SPANA vet student trating donkey

A week volunteering in Chemaia

In her fourth entry in a series of blogs, read about vet Jo Hardy’s experience…

Mother horse and foal eating grass outside SPANA veterinary centre

An average day in Chemaia

In her third in a series of blogs, read about vet Jo Hardy’s experience of…

Donkey with abdomen wound receiving care from SPANA vets in Morocco

The first day in Chemaia

In her second in a series of blogs, read about vet Jo Hardy’s experience of…

Brown horse in SPANA stables

Volunteering in Marrakech

In her first in a series of blogs, read about vet Jo Hardy’s experience of…

Donkeys pulling carts of rubbish up Mali dumps

A trip to Mali

Last month I visited one of SPANA’s core countries, Mali. It has been an exceptionally…

Moroccan tea party

SPANA’s World Tea Party: Tea and Coffee around the world

Learn more about tea and coffee around the world. • China, is known as the…

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Big Knit: Wadh’s tale

Knit Clarence the camel and help animals like Wadh. When a Bedouin man brought five-month-old…

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Big Knit: Hani’s tale

Knit Duncan the donkey and help working animals like Hani. Hani the five-year-old donkey works…

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Big Knit: Keeping Oxen fit and Healthy

In poor communities around the world, people depend on their animals; for work, for transport,…

SPANA Ethiopia Country Director Dr Nigatu treating horse

Malnutrition

SPANA’s chief executive Jeremy Hulme on the struggle of malnourished animals… There can be few…

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Elaine Fairfax’s guest blog

Hi everyone! As some of you may know, I set up Animal Friends Pet Insurance…

Horses in a field being treated by SPANA vet technicians

Working In War Zones – Animals In Conflict

Our chief executive Jeremy Hulme looks back at the charity’s history of working in war…