Small boy feeding a fluffy donkey

Changing beliefs, teaching empathy

Changing a dressing on a wound takes no time at all: changing attitudes and beliefs can take generations. From SPANA’s very earliest days we have worked to create a world where working animals are treated with kindness, respect and understanding.

Building a better future

small boy holding a rabbit at a SPANA centreOur animal welfare education work not only equips children with knowledge about animals but, more importantly, promotes positive attitudes, builds empathy and develops responsible behaviour. At our centres, schoolchildren enjoy fun and engaging lessons, explore our interactive exhibitions, and have a chance to get hands on with friendly donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. SPANA’s mobile exhibition units also enable children in remote communities to learn about animal welfare.

Teaching children in farming communities the importance of being kind to animals is especially important, as they are often responsible for feeding and tending their family’s livestock and working animals.

Recent evaluation of our programmes show it’s an approach that works, helping children to develop more humane attitudes to animals.

We’re committed to building a more compassionate future for working animals, one child at a time.

Read more about our education programmes