SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) is a leading charity for working animals worldwide and the communities they support. We know that working animals are essential to the health and economic wellbeing of millions of vulnerable families across the developing world. But often these hardworking animals lack access to even basic care: that’s where we come in.

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. But we rely on the support of individuals and organisations that share our vision.

A few key facts about SPANA:

  • There are 100 million working animals in the developing world and over half will suffer malnutrition, exhaustion, disease or injury in the course of their working lives. The demand for our free veterinary care is huge – we already treat over 1,000 animals every day – and this number grows bigger every day.
  • We have fixed and mobile clinics in seven countries and run veterinary projects in many more. In fact, SPANA treats almost 400,000 working animals every year.
  • Over 700 schools visit SPANA educational centres each year – that’s a total of more than 46,000 visitors.