Donkey on the right hand side carrying 2 yellow water barrels.

Improving the welfare of working animals

Join thousands of other Australians who believe that, for hardworking animals, a life of work shouldn’t mean a life of suffering.  

Nadia the mule’s new shoes

This World Animal Day, we’re highlighting the plight of animals, like Nadia the mule, who work in extreme conditions across the world.

Two donkeys looking happy in a stable

Sponsor a stable

Our stables are a lifeline for thousands of donkeys, horses and mules. Sponsor a stable and provide a haven for sick and injured working animals.

Working horse with arthritis

She can barely move, let alone work

A lifetime of backbreaking work with no hope of retirement. That’s the heart-breaking reality for most working animals in the countries where SPANA operates.

Nadia the mule’s new shoes

This World Animal Day, we’re highlighting the plight of animals, like Nadia the mule, who work in extreme conditions across the world.

Two donkeys looking happy in a stable

Sponsor a stable

Our stables are a lifeline for thousands of donkeys, horses and mules. Sponsor a stable and provide a haven for sick and injured working animals.

Working horse with arthritis

She can barely move, let alone work

A lifetime of backbreaking work with no hope of retirement. That’s the heart-breaking reality for most working animals in the countries where SPANA operates.

How do we help?

Thanks to the generous support of our supporters, we deliver free veterinary care to working animals in some of the poorest communities in the world. SPANA projects across the world give working animals the best chance of a life free from unnecessary pain and suffering.

There are over 

200m

working animals around the world, being used as trucks, tractors and taxis

We treat more than  

291k

working animals in need each year

We provide free treatment from over

50

veterinary facilities worldwide

Knitting and crocheting for working animals: Big knit for vet kit

Using our patterns, you can craft your very own Duncan the donkey, Hattie the horse, Oscar the ox, Emma the elephant, or Clarence the camel!

How you can help

Whether it’s making a donation, raising money, running a marathon, giving your time or leaving a legacy, there are lots of ways you can help working animals with SPANA.