SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) is a leading charity for working animals worldwide and the communities they support.

Countless families across the world depend on horses, mules, donkeys, camels and oxen for their livelihoods – and sometimes even their lives. These hardworking animals are the backbone of many societies, yet their lives can be short and involve great suffering. Working day after day in extreme temperatures, often with poor harnessing, little food and no veterinary care when they are sick or injured, many working animals endure constant pain.

We’re passionate about protecting and caring for working animals, with a network of free veterinary centres and mobile clinics that provide a lifeline for animals and communities alike.

Our outreach programmes support small-scale projects across the world, working in partnership with local organisations to develop effective, sustainable, community-based projects. And our emergency programme ensures we can get rapid, life-saving help to regions blighted by conflict and disaster. But we don’t stop there.

We’re determined that the future will be better for working animals. We work to educate and train children, owners and veterinary professionals across the world.

We’ve been dedicated to caring for animals and protecting livelihoods since 1923. We receive no government funding, so we rely on our loyal supporters, professional partners and likeminded organisations to help us in this huge but vital task.