WORKING TOGETHER FOR ANIMALS AND COMMUNITIES
Alongside our outreach projects, SPANA also invests in longer term partnerships with universities, community groups and NGOs who share our vision. These trusted partners provide us with a cost effective means to improve professional skills, treat more animals and extend our education services to even more countries. Having developed Clinical Skills Centres (CSCs) at universities in Senegal and Mozambique, our veterinary team is now developing new CSCs with partners in several additional countries. CSCs give veterinary students and professionals the chance to further develop their skills, supporting sustainable improvements in animal welfare.
SPANA’s education team is also building partnerships with schools across Africa, putting animal welfare at the heart of the curriculum and building a more compassionate future for working animals across the continent
Focus: PAWS Clubs
SPANA’s educational partnership projects bring together our expertise with the local knowledge of community organisations in order to deliver lasting change in children’s attitudes and behaviour.
SPANA has been working with the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in Nairobi, Kenya since 2012, delivering humane education through our PAWS Clubs network of schools-based animal welfare groups. In the towns and villages around Nairobi, where working animals are widely used, children attending the clubs learn the value of compassion and how to treat animals with care, kindness and respect.
Over the course of our five-year partnership, the project has grown exponentially: today PAWS Clubs reach around 1,800 children each year through 36 schools. The programme also focuses on improving standards in humane education teaching. During 2017, 35 teachers taught PAWS Clubs in schools, with 15 going on to be awarded the respected International Certificate in Humane Education.
Focus: Help in Suffering, India
Thousands of camels in and around Jaipur and Bassi are used to pull carts carrying goods, produce and milk.
Traditional wooden or metal nose pegs are used to control the animals, which can result in injuries to the camels’ delicate nostrils. Traffic accidents are also common, with camels working on busy urban roads without street lighting.
SPANA has been working in partnership with Help in Suffering since 2015, using mobile clinics to provide free treatment, replacing traditional nose pegs with humane alternatives and fitting reflectors to camel carts to improve their visibility at night. Camel owners are also taught how to care for their animals in order to prevent suffering caused by harmful traditional practices.
Last year, 8,383 camels were treated, 1,290 plastic nose pegs were fitted, 1,115 cart reflectors were installed and 1,000 educational leaflets were distributed to owners.
Focus: Highveld Horse Care Unit, South Africa
In the townships and rural communities around Johannesburg, many working horses are used to 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 basic issues such as dental problems that, if left untreated, can nevertheless cause extreme pain that can result in 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.
SPANA has been working in partnership with Highveld Horse Care Unit since 2016, supporting free veterinary treatment, dentistry and gelding clinics.
Our work resumed once more in July 2017; in the remainder of the year we treated 731 animals and gelded 16 horses.