At SPANA, we understand the essential role that working animals play in low-income countries. But we believe that a life of work needn’t be a life of suffering – compassion, respect and empathy are the least that any hardworking animal deserves.
From the very earliest days of SPANA, education has been central to our work to relieve the suffering of working animals. Of course, we must equip owners with the essential knowledge to care for their animals properly, but if we’re to develop empathy, compassion and respect for animals, our work must begin at a much younger age. Our education team runs programmes in each of our permanent countries – and supporters educational work through our many outreach programmes too – helping children to develop positive, compassionate attitudes towards animals, which are vital to the future wellbeing of working animals.
SPANA’s humane education programme reaches children at a young age, teaching the value of kindness before attitudes become fixed.
Working through existing animal club networks and supporting teachers in delivering humane education within communities far beyond the reach of our veterinary programme, we reach over 60,000 children a year.