OUR CELEBRITY SUPPORTERS EXPLAIN WHY ANIMALS ARE SO SPECIAL TO THEM

Chris Packham

“Animals bring me so much joy – I couldn’t imagine my life without my dog Scratchy. It’s easy to forget however, how they bring so much more than just companionship to millions of people around the world. Working animals in developing countries are relied on to help desperately poor families survive. That’s why I’m supporting SPANA and their work to build a better future for working animals on World Animal Day.”

“Scratchy sleeps on my bed. I like that, I like listening to him snoring or shifting about in the dark, then I know he’s safe. The trouble is that when it’s really cold he wants to get in the bed… and have it all to himself. I get kicked out of the way and end up with a crick in my neck and an aching back. Still, he’s worth it, his happiness means more to me than my own!”

Deborah Meaden

“On World Animal Day, I’m remembering not only all the beloved pets around the world, but also the working animals that communities in developing countries depend on for their livelihoods. I urge everyone to support SPANA’s work to help improve the quality of their lives, giving them the same care and attention that we give our animals in the UK.

“On World Animal Day, I’m remembering not only all the beloved pets around the world, but also the working animals that communities in developing countries depend on for their livelihoods. I urge everyone to support SPANA’s work to help improve the quality of their lives, giving them the same care and attention that we give our animals in the UK.
“My cat thinks he is invincible... I was watching him the other day crouching as if to pounce on a mouse in the horse field when, to my amazement he leapt at the horses who, startled, high tailed it around the field. He may be small but he is mighty (and he has me as back up!)”

“My cat thinks he is invincible… I was watching him the other day crouching as if to pounce on a mouse in the horse field when, to my amazement he leapt at the horses who, startled, high tailed it around the field. He may be small but he is mighty (and he has me as back up!)”

Louis Smith

“All animals deserve our compassion and care. In the UK, most people see their pets as treasured members of the family. But it’s a different story for many working animals in developing countries. These hardworking animals contribute so much, but they are often forgotten and neglected. On World Animal Day, please support SPANA and help ensure that working animals get the respect and the essential veterinary treatment they so urgently need.”

Jake Humphrey

“We all know that most pets in the UK, like my labrador Myrtle are treated well and enjoy their lives. But sadly, around the world, too many animals live a life of suffering. Working animals in developing countries in particular often have a very hard existence – they toil day in, day out, and can face appalling conditions. It’s a world away from my lazy Lab snuggled up by the Aga knowing their next big job is either to entertain the kids or be fed. Therefore, it’s important that more is done to improve their health and wellbeing. Please show your support for these animal heroes on World Animal Day.”

“Myrtle is generally a great Lab. Lazy, friendly, cheeky… but most of all greedy. Basically the typical Labrador!  However, on one our many walks on the Norfolk Coast last year we decided to stop for a pub lunch, and being tropical Brits we sat outside so Myrtle could be with us.  I put her lead around the table leg…but the lead was longer that I anticipated. Barely a nano-second after my lunch had been put down by the waiter, Myrtle was off the floor, on the table and my sausage and mash was gone. The fact it was piping hot seemed to cause her no problems…and due to her full belly the walk back to the beach was incredibly slow! And, yes, the pub charged me for another meal!!!”

 

Gemma Atkinson

“This World Animal Day, please support SPANA and help ensure that working animals in developing countries receive the same kindness and care as our own much-loved family pets.”

 

 

Pam St. Clement

“On World Animal Day, I am supporting SPANA in their work to improve the lives of working animals worldwide. These hardworking horses, donkeys and camels support the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people but their reward is often a short, painful life in terrible conditions. They deserve so much more and it is vital that they get the food, water, shelter, rest and access to veterinary care that they need. As well as their owners receiving support and the knowledge that a healthy, happy animal will work better, live longer and be a greater economic asset.”