Wherever and whenever we’re needed
In addition to our core veterinary and education work, SPANA also operates veterinary and education outreach programmes.
Veterinary Outreach and Partnership Projects:
Working tirelessly from SPANA’s network of clinics around the world, our dedicated vets, trainers and teachers reach hundreds of thousands of animals in need every year, as well as the communities that depend on them. But with up to 200 million working animals spread around the globe, SPANA teams cannot be everywhere.
This is why we invite applications from local animal welfare organisations who understand the needs of working animals in their own communities. Providing veterinary care, training or community education, these grassroots organisations receive not only our financial support, but also access to SPANA’s collective expertise and hands-on experience in the field. This enables us to reach working animals far beyond our core countries, providing both immediate relief and improving long term animal welfare right across the world.
We have carefully chosen the projects that share SPANA’s values and commitment to working animals and will also provide the greatest positive impact.
Each year, we will give up to £5,000 in funding for each outreach project. At the end of the year we will carry out a complete assessment to determine whether the project could grow in to a longer term SPANA partnership.
Our veterinary outreach programme is now open for applications – find out how to apply for funding.
Click the map markers below to read more about our current veterinary outreach projects.
Aims: To improve both infant mortality and equine welfare in rural areas.
Outputs: Five saddle makers were recruited and trained.
In remote, mountainous regions of Afghanistan, donkeys are still the main means of transport for pregnant women needing to access urgent healthcare services. Without adequate roads and with limited access to alternative transport, working animals are literally the difference between life and death for many women and their newborn babies.
Unsurprisingly, in this impoverished and insecure part of the world, maternal and infant mortality rates remain high.
A number of villagers from across the Charkent district received training in the production of specially-designed donkey saddles, which improve the comfort and speed in which pregnant women can access healthcare when in labour. The saddles where devised to optimise the welfare of the donkeys.
Aims: To alleviate poverty through working animal health improvements
This year Donyaepa will:
- Provide refresher training to 900 Community Veterinary Care Volunteers (CVCV) in Tamale, Savelugu and Walewale districts
- Restock the first aid kits given to the CVCV
- Train three veterinary officers
- Reach two more poor communities
- 24 teachers trained
- 12 animal welfare clubs created
- 360 community veterinary volunteers trained
- 306 rst aid kits distributed
- 2,416 owners trained
- 4,103 donkeys treated
SPANA has been collaborating with Donyaepa since 2014 to train Community Volunteers and empower owners to take basic care into their own hands.
Owners will also be encouraged to form associations with a mutual Animal Health Care fund, operating like a co-operative; each owner will contribute a small amount of money, so that more complex vet care can be paid for out of the fund.
In the small towns and villages of Suceava county, Romania, horses are still the main means of transport for the poorest communities. But on the narrow and unlit rural lanes, road traffic accidents are common, with often tragic consequences for people and animals.
Following a successful pilot project last year, SPANA’s funding will allow RCHF to continue fitting 7,500 rear reflectors to horse carts across the county, increasing their visibility at night and saving lives.
This year SPANA is supporting CAMDA to refurbish 10 wells in the Dundgovi region that will provide essential water for 14,400 animals (horses, goats, sheep, yaks and camels) and 300 nomadic people who rely on them for their livelihoods.
Animal husbandry is the way of life for 160,000 Mongolian herder households. They and their mixed herds of horses, camels, yaks, sheep and goats are spread across the country, much of which is arid or subject to extreme climate.
In the absence of rivers and streams, traditional pit wells are the mainstay source of water, but many are out of use, forcing herders and their animals to travel vast distances for water – placing great stress on animals and herders and causing many fatalities.
Aims: To improve the welfare of camels through treatment, education and equipment
- 6,000 camels treated
- 369 reflectors fitted to camel carts
- 527 humane nose pegs fitted
- 1,200 leaflets on camel husbandry distributed A second mobile clinic was launched in 2016, to extend the reach of the SPANA-funded programme to new areas. 55 additional villages around Jaipur and Bassi will now be within our catchment area.
- Alongside free veterinary treatment, humane equipment and owner education drives further welfare improvements.
Thousands of camels in and around Jaipur and Bassi are used to move goods and materials from the villages to the city and currently have no access to veterinary care as it is beyond the means of their owners. While traditional nose pegs are used which can cause injury to the camels’ delicate nostrils, these hardworking animals suffer a range of problems. Camels working on dark roads at night are highly vulnerable to vehicle accidents.
We have been working alongside Help in Suffering (HIS) since 2015, using mobile clinics to provide free treatment, replacing traditional nose pegs with humane ones and fitting reflectors to camel carts to increase visibility at night. Camel owners will be taught how to care for their animals and prevent suffering caused by harmful traditional practices.
In 2016, around 6,000 camels were treated, 237 nose pegs were replaced and 561 reflectors were fitted to the carts.
Aims: To improve the provision of first aid treatment for donkeys
- 37 community animal health workers trained
- 752 donkeys treated
- Three clinics conducted
In the Arusha and Manyara Regions, approximately 200,000 donkeys are used as pack transport for foodstuffs, water and household domestic materials.
The health and welfare of these donkeys is often compromised by poor nutrition exacerbated by frequent droughts, poor harnessing and saddling and inaccessibility to veterinary services.
SPANA has been working with Meru welfare organization since 2016 to enhance donkey health and security in these region of northern Tanzania.
This year Meru welfare organization will run a refresher course for 30 community health workers that were trained last year, will run two free veterinary clinics and will organize three meetings with 120 stakeholders to discuss protecting donkeys following an increase in thefts caused by the illegal trade in donkey skins.
Aims: To improve the skills of veterinary students, lecturers and professionals
This year SPANA is supporting AMARTE Foundation to investigate the prevalence of these blood parasites in the rural communities of Madriz and Nueva Segovia in order to target treatment and prevention. Blood samples will be taken from 600 donkeys and analysed for the presence and type of parasites.
Babesiosis is a disease caused by the blood parasite babesia. It is easily misdiagnosed and can be fatal in half of all donkeys infected. We suspect that babesia and other blood parasites are present in up to 90 per cent of donkeys in some areas of northern Nicaragua.
- 27 workshops delivered
- 313 participants trained
- 375 horses treated
- 675 donkeys treated Access to high quality veterinary care is limited in Nicaragua.
- AMARTE’s project provided training for students, lecturers and professionals in equine medicine and surgery at eight institutions, with opportunities for practical experience delivering diagnosis and treatment in the field.
Aims: To reduce injuries by improving the construction and use of carts
- Four model work carts designed and constructed
- Three months of field testing
- Eight community-based equine advisors trained on the correct use of carts
- 251 equine owners trained
- 15 cart user manuals printed and distributed Many cart horses in Nicaragua suffer avoidable injuries due to poor cart construction and inappropriate use.
This project involved the construction of four model work carts with corresponding harness systems, supported by materials and training to help owners understand the correct use of carts, minimising the risk of injuries to their animals.
Aims: To improve working donkey welfare through free veterinary care, children’s education and awareness campaigns
This year Horn SPCA will continue their activities offering:
- Free monthly veterinary clinics (353 donkeys were treated last year)
- Humane education in primary schools (nine schools were reached last year)
- Training for vets and paravets (10 were trained last year)
- Equine welfare and disease management lectures to 70 veterinary students in local universities
- Training for owners (52 were trained last year)
- Awareness campaigns via radio programmes and leaflets.
Due to political instability, government funding for vets is scarce and many working animals are unable to receive the treatment they desperately need. SPANA has been collaborating with Horn SPCA since 2016 to improve donkey welfare in Hargeisa city by treating animals, training vets and teaching local owners and children.
Aims: To increase compassion for the local working donkey population and improve welfare standards
- 4,000 people in four locations reached
- 900 working donkeys benefit
Alongside a schools-based humane education programme, FACE is also mentoring young boys, who traditionally care for working donkeys and livestock in the Eastern Cape. ‘Working Donkey Champions’ will work with the community to provide advice and first aid, while working to raising the status and improving the welfare of working donkeys.
Aims: To improve local equine welfare through treatment, professional training and community education
Activities planned for 2017-18: Two gelding clinics castrating 80 horses, two dentistry clinics for a total of 60 horses and monthly community clinics treating a total of around 1,700 horses.
- 871 working animals treated
- 123 humane bits and harnesses supplied
- 76 geldings performed
- 127 dental treatments delivered
- 37 animal health technicians trained
- Four university lecturers trained
In South Africa, most working horses in urban townships transport people or pull heavy carts of coal, building materials and goods. Here, poverty and violence are rife and veterinary care is in short supply. In these impoverished townships, many horses suffer from dental issues which, if left untreated, cause extreme pain, leading to malnutrition and dangerous weight loss. There is also a huge need for gelding, as stallions roaming for a mate are prone to theft, road traffic accidents and attack – stabbing and shooting are sadly not uncommon.
We have been working together with Highveld Horse Care Unit (HHCU) since 2016, supporting free veterinary treatment, dentistry and gelding clinics
Aims: To provide animal welfare education in schools and communities
- 300 children reached
- 50 teachers trained
By working through schools and community groups, ASPA delivered a broad project to drive improvements in animal welfare across a large rural area. Donkey welfare education was provided to schoolchildren, teachers were trained, donkey owners received instruction in harness making and cart construction, and village leaders and livestock officers received training and support.
Due to the lack of equine veterinary services in Quetta (the provincial capital of the Baluchistan region), there is a desperate need for community education and knowledge about basic animal welfare. Working equids, often donkeys, transport goods and passengers for up to 10 hours a day in very harsh weather conditions. Without proper rest and appropriate food and water during working hours, many are overloaded and underfed.
SPANA has been supporting JBF Scotland since 2016 to provide free vet care and owner education in Quetta.
This year JBF Quetta will provide free veterinary care on a daily basis, distribute information leaflets on proper animal management to local owners and organise a workshop for 30 owners to teach them basic first aid and care for their donkeys. Each owner will receive a first aid kit to take home.
In the districts of Momero, Kilosa and Chalinze in east and central Tanzania, donkeys are used extensively for both domestic and economic activities, especially during the rainy season when other means of transport cannot be used. Despite the importance of donkeys, especially to reduce the workload for women and children, little is known on the health problems affecting donkeys in Tanzania.
This year SPANA teamed up with Sokoine University to conduct a study to assess the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of donkey owners on the health and handling of their animals, deliver community training on animal handling and management of donkeys and treat common diseases in working animals.
Over the next year, more than 500 people will be reached and approximately 300 donkeys will be treated.
Education Outreach Projects
Education is the key to making significant long term changes to improve the lives of working animals.SPANAs outreach programme allows us to effectively build an extensive network of education projects across the world, reaching as many children as possible. We target areas that have the greatest dependence on working animals. Through multi-contact interventions we aim to change the attitudes and behaviours of the children and their communities.
Working with trusted partners charities we benefit from local knowledge and expertise. Each education project is tailored to best serve the needs of the children and animals in that community. This ensures we can address specific local needs, provide a relevant and accessible education programme, in the most cost effective way.
We fund projects grants of up to £5000 running in alignment with the school year. We use evaluation and monitoring to inform the success of the project.
Project: APOWA: Action for protection of Wild Animals
New Project, September 2017: Children for Working Animal Welfare in Rural Areas of Odisha State
Aim: Teaching humane and animal welfare education though ‘kindness kids programme in schools’.
Location: Kendrapara district of Odisha state, India
• 3000 children directly and 5400 people indirectly
• 20 schools and at least 3 or 4 classes and visits conducted each week
• 40 teachers trained
• 120 frontline volunteer children from 20 schools
• 5000 copies of educational resource materials.
• Interested children visit APOWA animals’ shelter and participate in 20 animal treatment camps.
Aim: To encourage humane attitude towards animals and responsible use of the environment.
• Recruit local primary teachers, train them to deliver humane education in schools to 4-11 year olds.
• Set up kindness clubs and animals clubs in schools.
Our target is to bring the message to a minimum of 40 thousand school pupils in the country.
The plan is to take the humane education programme to about 130 schools. And set up Kindness and Animal clubs in about 70 schools. This means the project should be able to deliver humane education to about 1400 classes during the period. If each class has about 30-40 pupils then approximately 40 thousand pupils will be reached.
GSPCA: Ghana Society for the protection and care of animals
Project: Teaching / promoting humane education in basic schools
Aim: To promote animal welfare through humane education in some selected basic schools in the Ga East region of Accra.
Humane education in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Region of Ghana.
GSPCA teaches over 500 school children basic animal care lessons in four schools, trains teachers and helps to train people in the community.
The project has changed children’s perceptions about animals and the community has become more aware of the animal welfare needs are more likely to feed the animals and seek medical help from the veterinary clinics. Attitudes towards animals has improved, while cruelty to animals is reduced.
The project was monitored by a selected circuit school supervisor, the district director of education, who visited schools during lesson periods. GSPCA also visited to help teach some of the lessons. The GSPA volunteer fills an evaluation form at the close of each lesson.
Project: Guaymi Children´s Educational Programme in Costa Rica.
Aim: Provide education for primary school children within Guaymi / Nabe Indigenous reserve.
In total we can estimate 2025 children will have the opportunity to learn about working animal welfare.
Project: Animals have feelings too. (Jan 2018)
Aim: To educate communities on the Welfare of their animals. More importantly Dogs and Donkeys.
- Education and animal welfare clubs to teach approximately 1500 students about animal rights, animal freedoms, care for animals and the usefulness of animals for a community.
- Community education programme, reaching 2000 people.
- To cultivate interest in the programme there will be composition, poetic, public speaking, quiz competitions.
- Demonstrations to show demo carts, reflective collars, treating wounds and lessons on cats and dogs.
Working with: LAWCS: Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society
Project: The promotion of animal welfare in Liberia through humane education program
Aim: To improve the welfare of animals and the human-animal relationship in 10 schools and communities through classroom humane education and various student let humane education programs in Foya District, Lofa District, Liberia.
LAWCS Motto: Working together for a better future for the animals and humans
Liberia is very poor war torn country in West Africa so consequently in a country where life is cheap, animals suffer horrendous cruelty, often at the hands of children who mimic the cruelty practiced in front of them by their elders. The country’s animal cruelty is a generational problem. It’s also seen as acceptable behaviour for young children to stone a dog or cat, or any other animal.
Animal welfare education is taught to 7,000 school children in 10 schools in Foya District, Lofa County, Liberia.
• Recruited and trained 10 classroom teachers.
• Implemented Animal Welfare Programs in 10 schools and reached 6900 school children (Each teacher visits each class in the entire school for 45min to 1 hour per week)
• Animal Kindness Clubs are established in the 10 schools with 25 members in each school (250 children in total)
• Children are educated through a variety of interactive activities including drama, role play, stories, games drawing and exhibition.
Project: Humane animal welfare education for primary school children in Somaliland
Aim: Learn to care and love working donkeys in Somaliland.
Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland
• Train 200 primary school children from 20 selected primary schools about the treatment of animals, fostering respect, responsibility, care and compassion for animals in general and particularly for working donkeys.
• Sensitization workshop for 20 primary teachers on the importance of humane education in primary schools.
• To advocate for including humane education into the national curriculum for primary schools in Somaliland
• 9 welfare clubs were created last year, 11 more will be created.
• Raise awareness of up to 6000 primary school children through school visits, addressing students before classes start, organising play, dramas, story-telling(related to animals) and radio talks.
Aims: To ensure that the welfare of domesticated animals are adequately provided for and that they are free from any form of future cruelty/violence.
- In 2015-2016 over 600 children benefited from the awareness raising education program.
- CCA-SL is the only animal welfare organisation, engaged in a children’s education programme, operating in Sierra Leone.
In Sierra Leone there is a limited understanding of proper animal welfare techniques. In order to promote a humane attitude towards animals, SPANA is funding local organisation Campaign Against Cruelty to Animals (CCA-SL) to provide a number of awareness raising activities to children in both the northern and southern regions of Sierra Leone.
Project: TOLFA (Tree Of Life For Animals) Education Project
Location: The project will be split into a city education project (covering Ajmer and Pushkar) and a rural education project (villages covered by TOLFA’s rural animals health clinics and pupils attending a local NGO school serving the several desert camps within 30 km of Pushkar)
• A DVD of the animated film about the 5 freedoms is gifted to each school
• Workbooks have been simplified and printed ‘Caring for animals, caring for me’ (targeted at 8 -14 year olds )
• Vinyl posters are gifted to schools and villages visited (Five freedoms & rabies protection)
• Plan is to employ two part-time members of staff as Educational Project Assistants.
In Year 1 (2015-16) 2,500 children in schools and villages accessed the education programme.
In Year 2 (2016 -17) 2,000 children in schools and villages accessed the education programme.
In March 2017 a teacher training day was given to 35 teachers from 35 different schools.
Project: Children’s Humane Education Programme: Compassion is cool!
Aims: For whole communities to adopt compassion and understanding for animals as normal behaviour and thus for the health and welfare of working donkeys (and other animals) to improve.
Location: Grahamstown, South Africa
- Educated over 250 children in six villages and two townships
- Developed a training manual based on SPANA’s school lessons, suitable for the children of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
- Enabled young boys that ‘care’ for the families donkeys and drive them to be confident to treat the donkeys with respect and compassion.
- Shared the training materials with the volunteers of the Society for Protection against Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to educate communities.
Project: Children’s Holiday Camps
Aims: Run three 5 day training courses in practical and theoretical horse care to groups of 20 children.
Location: Cato Ridge, South Africa
- Each camp will accommodate 20 children (in total 60 children will benefit)
- Children will be taught theoretical and practical horse care
- The children will visit facilities related to the equine industry and be exposed to career opportunities
- The children will share their knowledge with their community
- Training manuals will be provided to refresh and share knowledge
Project: Arusha Society for the protection of Animals (ASPA)
Aim: To enhance school pupils’ awareness, behaviour, attitude and practices towards humane treatment of animals at their local villages.
- By the end of the project: 300 donkey owners, local service providers, 30 school teachers, 25 village leaders and 400 school children from 5 schools will have good knowledge and take proper care of donkeys and all animals.
- Regular media and open public programs on Animal welfare conducted in Arusha
- Increases engagement of 5 schools in Arusha districts, on animal welfare issues.
- Regular village outreach programmes reaching 5 villages per year conducted annually.
- 400 school pupils will change their behaviour, attitude and practices towards humane treatment of animals and their local villages.
Project: TAWESO: Tanzania Animal Welfare Society
NEW January 2018 Project: Donkey Humane Education to Primary School Children, Donkey Owners and Operators.
Aim: Build a responsible community (children, donkey owners and operators) with compassion, empathy and care for donkeys in respect to provisions of basic needs e.g. fresh water, feed shelter, vet care and proper working conditions e.g. time, harness, carts, loading, not beating
Location: Migoli villages around Mtera Hydroelectric Dam in Iringa Rural District in Iringa Region.
- Training of three schools (650 primary children) in basic donkey care, compassion, empathy and positive attitudes to donkeys.
- Training of 260 donkey operators on needs of working donkeys, working time duration, communication, loading, harness and carts.
- 198 donkey owners will be trained in duty to care for the working donkeys-basic needs, avoid stress and suffering, working hours, harness and loading the elements of animal welfare legislation of 2008.
- 4 livestock extension officers will be trained on animal welfare legislation and how they can enforce it.
- Media use to reach larger communities on the protection of suffering donkeys around the dam.
Project: TAPO: Tanzania Animal Protection Organisation
NEW January 2018 Project: Protecting donkeys through humane education in schools.
Location: Kahama District
Aim: Training teachers to promote donkey care and humane education in schools and through school clubs.
- Conduct teacher training seminars within selected 15 schools for 3 days per school
- Visiting schools after school hours for conducting humane education in classroom for 3 days per week for 2 week per school.
- Printing educational materials
- Conduction programme evaluation after end of programme 2 days per school
- 50 primary school teachers will benefit from training on donkey care and humane education lessons and will be able to apply then in daily classroom teaching plans.
- 500 primary school students will benefit from lessons and will help them directly in school lessons and caring for their family donkeys.
Aims: to educate children so that they treat animals with care, kindness and compassion.
- SPANA works collaboratively with the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in Kenya, to run school based animal welfare clubs (PAWS Clubs).
- These values once mastered extend beyond animals to caring for each other and the environment.
- Over the five year partnership the programme has grown, PAWS clubs now run 40 schools, reaching 2000 children annually