SPANA in Morocco

116,000 animals treated each year • Nine education centres • 20,000 children taught

Morocco

SPANA has been working in Morocco since 1925. We do more for working animals here than anywhere else.

Today we treat and care for tens of thousands of working animals across Morocco. Click here for the SPANA Morocco website. 

Watch our work liveSPANA also operates a number of mobile clinics which reach working animals in remote communities from the edges of the Sahara to the heights of the Atlas mountains.

In addition, we have several other special projects. For example, in Marrakech, we run a free health check up scheme for the city’s 300 Caleche horses. We have also built nine water troughs on main routes so the horses have easy access to water as they pull tourist carriages around the city. This simple idea has made a huge difference to the welfare of these beautiful and iconic horses.

SPANA runs an extensive education programme in Morocco. Where there is a classroom there is often a garden with a pond. In the classroom vets teach the children about animal welfare and the environment. SPANA taught more than 20,000 children this way in 2010.

Donkey tales: Animal welfare stories from Morocco, Hisham the donkey

Hisham was brought along to the SPANA Casablanca centre after developing a serious lameness.

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Horse tales: Animal welfare stories from Morocco, Diablo the stallion

Diablo was injured during the holiday of Ashura, which marks the 10th day of Muslim New Year, and brought to the SPANA Casablanca centre for treatment.

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Farah the foal

Horse tales: Animal welfare stories from Morocco, Farah the foal

A foal that was injured when caught on a barbed wire fence has been treated at our Khemmiset centre in Morocco

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Donkey and foal in stable

Donkey tales: Animal welfare stories from Morocco, Bambi the foal

The vet team at our Had Ouled Frej centre in Morocco helped a donkey that had a potentially life-threatening womb infection after giving birth to a foal.

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A day in the life of the Marrakech centre

SPANA’s centre in Marrakech is the charity’s biggest and busiest. Hamid Belemlih, director of SPANA Morocco, tells us about a typical day.

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Donkey tales: Animal welfare stories from our clinics in Morocco, Dina

SPANA’s veterinary clinic at our Marrakech centre is the charity’s biggest and busiest. Around 1,500 donkeys, mules and horses are brought to the clinic each month for treatment. Our staff there see working animals with all sorts of injuries. Here’s one of our latest admissions.

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Basel the mule suffered an awful wound because of poor animal welfare practice.  But SPANA was there to help

Donkey tales: Animal welfare stories from our clinics in Morocco, Basel the mule

SPANA’s veterinary clinic at our Marrakech centre is the charity’s biggest and busiest. Around 1,500 donkeys, mules and horses are brought to the clinic each month for treatment. Our staff there see working animals with all sorts of injuries. Here’s one of our latest admissions.

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Animal welfare in Marrakech, part one

Donkey Tales: Animal welfare in Marrakech, part one

SPANA’s veterinary clinic in Marrakech is the charity’s biggest and busiest. Around 1,500 donkeys, mules and horses are brought to the clinic each month for treatment. Our staff there see working animals with all sorts of injuries, and over the next few weeks we’ll be telling you about some of the latest admissions.

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Baki was brought into our Marrakech centre after his owner realised that wounds to his front shoulder and withers were serious.

Donkey tales: Animal welfare in Marrakech, part two, Baki

SPANA’s veterinary clinic at our Marrakech centre is the charity’s biggest and busiest. Around 1,500 donkeys, mules and horses are brought to the clinic each month for treatment. Our staff there see working animals with all sorts of injuries, and over the next few weeks we’ll be telling you about some of the latest admissions.

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Donkey tales: Animal welfare in Marrakech, part three

Donkey tales: Animal welfare in Marrakech, part three, Shad

SPANA’s veterinary clinic at our Marrakech centre is the charity’s biggest and busiest. Around 1,500 donkeys, mules and horses are brought to the clinic each month for treatment. Our staff there see working animals with all sorts of injuries, and over the next few weeks we’ll be telling you about some of the latest admissions.

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The caleche horses of Marrakech

The caleche horses of Marrakech

Even the most unobservant tourist to Marrakech can’t fail to notice the caleche horses. About two hundred green, four wheeled carriages are drawn by two horses each, acting as taxis around the town for locals and visitors alike.

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Middle Atlas souk: Morocco

It’s incredible. Once a week this souk pops up out of the dry, dusty countryside and provides the community with free treatment for their animals – and so the ability to maintain their livelihoods.

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