Boy with his donkey in South Africa
Boy with his donkey in South Africa

Helping working animals in South Africa

Project name: Highveld Horse Care Unit

Project type: Veterinary

Location: Townships around Johannesburg

SPANA has been working in partnership with Highveld Horse Care Unit since 2016, supporting free veterinary treatment for working horses, dentistry and gelding (castration) clinics.

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.
Many horses suffer from basic issues, such as dental problems. If left untreated, this can cause extreme pain that can result in dangerous weight loss.

There is also a huge need for gelding, as stallion roaming for a mate are prone to theft, road traffic accidents and attack – sadly stabbing and shooting are not uncommon.

Project name: AmaTrac Uluntu

Project type: Education

Location:  Grahamstown

Donkey ownership is common among young people in the towns and rural areas of Eastern Cape, South Africa, but mistreatment is rife.

This project encourages children and young people to treat animals with kindness, respect and understanding, using a network of ‘working donkey champions’ to encourage behaviour change.

Based in five villages and two townships, working donkey champions provide daily training, focusing on those children who are either showing greater interest or demonstrating negative behaviour towards animals.

Project name: Coastal Horse Care Unit (CHCU)

Project type: Education

Location:  Cato Ridge

In the rural communities of KwaZulu Natal, outside Durban, horses are widely used by young people for transport and to support work.

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 learn to improve their animal husbandry skills at two special five-day educational holiday camps.

The camps allow trainers to teach horse care, behaviour and management using fun and creative methods, promoting knowledge and skills while boosting self-esteem and confidence.

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