Four donkeys attached to cart by river
Four donkeys attached to cart by river

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Telsha Arora, Communications Officer

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  • SPANA has been the charity for the working animals of the world since 1923, providing veterinary care to horses, donkeys, mules, camels and elephants in low-income countries across the world.  The charity is transforming the welfare of working animals through global activities including ensuring the provision of veterinary treatment and care, training owners in animal care, teaching animal welfare lessons to children, and delivering emergency and outreach projects.
  • Globally, more than 200 million working animals have a key role transporting goods, water, food and firewood, as well as being used for agricultural production. By doing the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis, working animals support the livelihoods of more than half a billion people.
  • Last year, SPANA provided vital care and support to more than more than 291,527 working animals in need across the world. This included 197,398 donkeys, 59,180 horses, 9,734 mules and 16,962 camels.
  • SPANA’s education programme teaches animal welfare lessons to children across the world, promoting positive attitudes, empathy and respect towards animals. Last year, SPANA teams reached more than 71,204 children – helping to ensure a better future for working animals.
  • SPANA also provides training for owners in animal care, helping to equip them with the skills and knowledge to care for their working animals. The programme is promoting good animal welfare practices and is helping to prevent avoidable problems that can require veterinary assistance.

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