When Zander’s head collar broke, rubbing a painful wound into the delicate skin near his ear and neck, Mefleh took Zander to the SPANA centre immediately. Our vets washed and cleaned the wound, prescribed antibiotics and asked Mefleh to let exhausted Zander rest for 10 days. They also gave Mefleh a new flexible head collar which will prevent future wounds and make him much more comfortable as he works. Mefleh thanked the team – he knows how important they are for farmers like himself. He said:
‘I have known SPANA for a long time and I always bring my animals here when I see there is a problem.’
For SPANA country staff like Dr Ghazi, Jordan Country Director since 2005, cases like Zander’s are common, as are issues like infectious disease, parasites, and poor nutrition. But change is happening in Jordan as in other countries where we work. Dr Ghazi has seen a real difference as a direct result of SPANA’s education efforts and said:
‘People’s attitudes have changed, especially towards donkeys. Traditional practices, such as nose slitting, used to be common 10 years ago – thanks largely to SPANA’s work with the community, we now don’t see any cases.’
The SPANA Jordan team continue to work tirelessly to treat the sick and injured working animals of the country while at the same time encouraging a better understanding of the importance of animal welfare.