We’re able to provide free veterinary care to animals like Zouhara thanks to the kind support of our donors and fundraisers who host events such as our World Tea Party.
In the rural town of Chemaia in central Morocco, Zouhara (the arabic word for flower) pulls a cart along dusty roads, transporting people to and from the market at the edge of town.
Zouhara faithfully supports her owner; 28 year old Amir, his wife and two young children whose livelihoods are intrinsically linked to Zouhara’s welfare.
One spring morning, Zouhara managed to get out of her enclosure. In a panic, the horse tripped over a curb and fell into a metal cart on the road, wounding her chest as she fell.
Amir, on hearing the commotion, rushed outside to calm Zouhara down and was shocked to see a 10 cm cut across the animal’s chest. He knew she needed help immediately and brought her to the SPANA clinic. Upon examining the would, SPANA vet Dr Youness recognised that the mare would need stitches. To calm the mare, Dr Youness administered a sedative and local anaesthesia so he could efficiently clean and suture the wound.
Luckily for Zouhara, the wound was on her chest where there is ample, elastic skin – perfect for stitching with good alignment of the skin for rapid healing.
Dr Youness also gave Zouhara some antibiotics to prevent infection and asked Amir to bring Zouhara in the following day for a check up.
Amir was deeply grateful for SPANA’s time and care and said of SPANA: ‘It’s invaluable to my family. If SPANA wasn’t here we wouldn’t have been able to afford the cost of a private vet and Zouhara would suffer.”
For many working animal owners, the cost of private vet care is prohibitively expensive and means that many horses, donkeys, mules, camels and elephants wouldn’t receive the life saving care that they need. In towns like Chemaia, hundreds of low income families very survival rests on the welfare of their hardworking working animals. Thanks to SPANA’s treatments, working animals can live a life free of pain and suffering.