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 vulnerable communities, yet their lives are difficult and often involve great suffering. Working day after day in extreme climates, often with poor harnessing, little food and no veterinary care when they are sick or injured, many working animals endure constant pain.

For more than 100 years, SPANA has been providing vital care to working animals with a network of free veterinary centres and mobile clinics that provide a lifeline for animals and communities alike.

They are determined that the future will be better for working animals, and work to educate and train children, animal owners and veterinary professionals.

SPANA also partners with small-scale organisations across the world to develop effective, sustainable, community-based projects. And SPANA’s emergency programme ensures they can get rapid, lifesaving help to animals suffering as a result of conflict and disaster.

SPANA receive no government funding, and rely on loyal supporters, professional partners and likeminded organisations to help hundreds of thousands of working animals each year.