Some people think of SPANA as an animal charity that helps people. Others think we are a people charity that helps animals. We’re happy to have it both ways.
Established in 1923, SPANA is a UK charity saving animals (mainly donkeys, horses and mules) in some of the poorest countries in the world. But we are not an ordinary animal charity. We know that working animals ensure that families can make a living. It an animal falls sick or is injured, then the family it supports may go hungry and fall deeper into poverty.
We believe that by ensuring a working animal is well and healthy, it can make even more of a contribution to the lives of those who depend on it. We provide immediate, free veterinary care where needed, teach owners how to better look after their animals and work in schools to change outdated attitudes which can inadvertently cause cruelty to animals.