World Animal Day

To mark World Animal Day on 4 October, we are raising awareness about the essential role working animals play around the world, supporting the livelihoods of 600 million people in the poorest communities. Read more about World Animal Day.

Our research shows that more than 80 per cent of UK dog owners treat their pet like a member of the family, and will spend more than £18,000 on them over their pet’s lifetime. Working animals overseas are just as valuable to their owners, especially as many rely on them as their only source of income. Unfortunately, animal owners in developing countries often don’t have the money to give them the treatment and care they desperately need.

SPANA’s Chief Executive Geoffrey Dennis explains: “The UK is undoubtedly a nation of animal lovers and pet owners are prepared to go to great lengths – and costs – to ensure their companions enjoy a happy and healthy life.

“It’s fantastic that pets are generally treated so well in this country. But, sadly, it’s often a very different situation in developing countries, where working animals such as horses, donkeys and camels, can lead short, painful lives without the care, compassion and vital vet treatment they need. These animals urgently need our help.”

Our celebrity supporters explain why animals are so special to them: