On World Animal Day this year (4 October 2022), we are highlighting the plight of animals working in the most extreme conditions across the world.
Many working animals in the world’s most impoverished communities face tough conditions and hard lives, often carrying heavy loads in sweltering heat on rough or dangerous terrain.
From the donkeys working on the towering rubbish dumps of Bamako in Mali to the working camels in the brick kilns of northern India, many animals endure exceptionally harsh environments and poor welfare. They often lack water, shelter and rest, have inadequate nutrition and unsafe equipment, and lack access to essential veterinary care when they are sick or injured.
Thankfully, SPANA is offering a lifeline to working animals in low-income countries globally. Our teams are improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys, camels, mules, oxen and other animals by providing vital veterinary treatment and vaccinations, along with lifesaving feed and water for animals in crisis situations. SPANA is also transforming the lives of animals by training owners in animal care and teaching animal welfare lessons to children to bring about long-term, lasting change.
This World Animal Day, we’re asking for your support to ensure that working animals throughout the world – including those facing the most challenging of conditions – are able to live free from suffering and can receive the urgent help they need.