Our Important Breakthrough In Botswana

We’re on the verge of an important breakthrough in Botswana…but we urgently need your help.

Our work in Botswana is only just beginning

Every day, our fledgling SPANA veterinary team in Botswana treat donkeys facing grim, life-or-death situations. The foundations are now in place to make a great change in Botswana, but we can only go so far on our own. That’s why we are calling on kind supporters like you, to help us advance this breakthrough even further for donkeys in need:

Tightly hobbled and almost strangled, there’s no time to lose…
Two working donkeys, one light brown and other dark brown
Pippa, the team’s coordinator, noticed two frail, working animals moving awkwardly in the distance. On closer inspection, she found their feet were bound so tightly that their hooves were touching. Worse still, a knotted rope was pulled taut around their necks, almost strangling them. 

If one of them had fallen or twisted round, the two donkeys could have easily choked each other to death. Pippa immediately released the two donkeys from their neck ties and treated their sores and injuries. Thanks to the rapid intervention of the veterinary team every day, many donkeys are rescued from excruciating, potentially disabling injuries. It can even save their lives.

Speeding cars, predators... it’s not just illness that threatens the lives of vulnerable donkeys

Without a corral to protect them, working donkeys can be killed by predators and speeding cars. When Pippa, the SPANA team’s vet technician, wanted to re-examine one injured donkey that she’d treated recently, it was too late. It had been killed by a hyena in the night. Building a secure corral with a gum pole structure and canvas shade could help save animals’ lives. It would be a place of safety for many donkeys: a sanctuary where they would find food, water and rest.
People inspecting a corral containing working donkeys
Will you be part of this important breakthrough for the working donkeys of Botswana?

This is an exciting new journey: a chance to reach even more working donkeys in pain and distress and an opportunity to sow the seeds of change in Botswana. Your support is crucial in transforming the lives of working donkeys, so please give whatever you can today.

£10 or whatever you can give to help us build a protective corral
It will cost SPANA £680 to build a protective corral - can you contribute towards this and help keep the donkeys of Botswana safe at night? By funding the building costs, and equipping it with water troughs and nutritious food, you could save the life of a vulnerable working animal.

£18 could help pay for a mobile IV drip that could save a donkey’s life
Developed by a SPANA vet technician in Morocco, the innovative IV drip pictured overleaf sits neatly on the back of a sick or injured donkey. With your support we can equip our team with these custom-made IV drips in Botswana, saving even more animals’ lives in remote areas.

£29 could pay for 10 pairs of humane hobbles that don’t cause donkeys pain and distress
Known as ‘hobbling’, it’s common for owners to tie their donkeys’ front legs together to stop them straying. By providing owners with special hobbles made of soft, cotton webbing, you could help prevent terrible pain and distress.

Thank you.

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£30.00 Thanks to Mrs Ray Cross 21 January 2016
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Kim Waters 08 January 2016 I just dont know what to write-I am so glad that in charities like yours exist. I love the fact that you educate the owners into taking better care of their animals. Well done.
£3.00 Thanks to Mr Steven Rolling 31 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Sue Orpen 28 December 2015 A small contribution to assist with your excellent work.
£60.00 Thanks to Mr Les Winter 24 December 2015 For Eileen Wilsons favourite charity from her family.
£90.00 Thanks to Mrs Lydia Sagar 24 December 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Anonymous 24 December 2015
£15.00 Thanks to Miss Dawn Peckett 20 December 2015 My Christmas gift.x
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs sonia berry 16 December 2015
£50.00 Thanks to Anonymous 15 December 2015
£30.00 Thanks to Miss Charlotte Phipps 15 December 2015
£50.00 Thanks to Reverend Noel Lockyer-Stevens 14 December 2015
£50.00 Thanks to Anonymous 13 December 2015
£1000.00 Thanks to Mr George Joannou 12 December 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 12 December 2015 In lieu of a xmas present for my friend Cathy who loves donkeys & horses too
£10.00 Thanks to Miss jane ellis 11 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 10 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Heather Markham 07 December 2015
£100.00 Thanks to Mr christopher noon 07 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Helen Mirfin-Boukouris 06 December 2015 With love & respect
£10.00 Thanks to Mr paul hughes 06 December 2015 Thank you to everyone at SPANA for your compassion and dedication
£5.00 Thanks to Ms Aeysha Merner 05 December 2015 Well done to the most hardworking selfless people.
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Charlotte Hayes 05 December 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Mrs Olena Kazakova 04 December 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Miss Christina Brinks 04 December 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Miss Aliisa Morcom 03 December 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Miss natalia george 03 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs helen bunker 01 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 01 December 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Mr Carl Bunting 01 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Andrea Gilbert 01 December 2015 In memory of my kind friends les and Olive. god bless and thank you xxx
£33.00 Thanks to Ms Cate Warde 01 December 2015 Thank you for everything you do for animals everywhere
£50.00 Thanks to Mrs Julie Humes 01 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Edward Crabtree 01 December 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Ruth Dsouza 30 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mr Stephen Smith 30 November 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Ms Jacqueline Wright 29 November 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Ms Loraine Harris 29 November 2015 Very well done. I dont no what else to say to you really such a great achievement you must be so proud of yourself.
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Jonathan Escolar 29 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 29 November 2015
£500.00 Thanks to Anonymous 29 November 2015 My heart breaks to see their terrible suffering. Thank you for being there-for some of them at least. May human hearts open a lot more widely and kindness towards our fellow beings become the norm soon now.
£5.00 Thanks to Anonymous 29 November 2015 cannot send more, donating to other animal charities
£18.00 Thanks to Anonymous 28 November 2015
£100.00 Thanks to Anonymous 27 November 2015 You are doing a wonderful job. Not only are you caring for the working animals, you 're helping their owners make a living to support their families.
£4.00 Thanks to Mr Robert Maylin 27 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 26 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mr Mel Cottrell 26 November 2015 What a mammoth task Spana have taken on. I wish you lots of luck.
£5.00 Thanks to Miss giulia fassone 25 November 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Miss Rebecca Williams 24 November 2015 Keep up the good work you do spana, the animals need you
£75.00 Thanks to Mr Sam Wardhan 24 November 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Anonymous 24 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Miss Margaret Lawrence 23 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Margaret McElroy 22 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Leigh harrison-davies 21 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Anonymous 21 November 2015 ...
£10.00 Thanks to Ms susan hay 21 November 2015 breaks my heart :-( so wish I could do more to help these poor little animals.
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Janet Law 20 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Paula Barnard 20 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Judy Cooper 19 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 18 November 2015 We must keep up this necessary work
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 18 November 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Ms Marie Gallie 17 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Lois Bradley 17 November 2015 Please help ,these poor donkeys
£10.00 Thanks to Mr William GRAY 17 November 2015
£30.00 Thanks to Mrs Heather Welby 17 November 2015 To support your wonderful work
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 17 November 2015 These poor, unfortunate animals and their owners need our help!
£40.00 Thanks to Mrs Margaret R Davidson 17 November 2015
£25.00 Thanks to Mr Martyn F Cubitt 17 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 17 November 2015 Thank you for all that you do.
£5.00 Thanks to Anonymous 17 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs sandra sheppard 17 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Glennis McGregor 17 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mrs Nicki Wrighton 17 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs carol PARSONS 17 November 2015 MY POOR DARLINGS, PLEASE GOD THAT THESE PEOPLE CAN BE EDUCATED TO TREAT YOU DECENTLY. WE MUST ALL RALLY ROUND THIS CHARITY AND SUPPORT IT FULLY
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Jean Feldberg 17 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Mrs SUE millard 16 November 2015 please help as much as you can and thank you for people like you who care
£5.00 Thanks to Miss Elizabeth Bona 16 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Anonymous 16 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 16 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mr Derek Brock 16 November 2015 Wish I could donate more Sorry
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Andrew Seedhouse 16 November 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Anonymous 16 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Jill Horton 16 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Mr Adrian Penna 16 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Patricia Burton 16 November 2015
£40.00 Thanks to Miss charlotte holmes 16 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 16 November 2015
£30.00 Thanks to Anonymous 16 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Dr clare price 16 November 2015
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£10.00 Thanks to Mr Trevor Barlow 16 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 16 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 16 November 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Mr ANDY WATSON 16 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Ms Cate Warde 16 November 2015 I hope this goes some way towards helping these poor donkeys
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Angela Patton 16 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Mrs Christine Gardiner 16 November 2015 My heart bleeds for all these beautiful creatures who are unfortunate enough to find themselves beasts of burden.
£18.00 Thanks to Anonymous 15 November 2015
£2.00 Thanks to Mr john pursey 15 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Gillian Hawkins 15 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 15 November 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Mr jeff houghton 15 November 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Mr Simon Walters 15 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Anna Myatt 15 November 2015
£30.00 Thanks to Dr Johannes von Rosen 15 November 2015 Lets help these poor donkeys! Thank you, SPANA, for all the efforts you are making.
£29.00 Thanks to Mrs christine green 14 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Stephanie Smolensky 14 November 2015 For the loss of my beloved horse Marshall. May all horses find happy homes.
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Brian Dickin 13 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mrs Lesley Bradley 13 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Ms Patricia Delbridge 13 November 2015 For the wonderful work that SPANA does-thank you!
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Mel Flaxman 12 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Laura Maslen 12 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Matthew Butler 11 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 11 November 2015 Keep up the good work!
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 11 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs brenda kirk 11 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Richard Humphris 11 November 2015
£15.00 Thanks to Mrs K Butcher 11 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Ms sara hanlon 11 November 2015 Thank you , you wonderful people who are there for the animals.
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Alison Rennie 11 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs E Cawood 11 November 2015 Thank you for everything you do
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 11 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 11 November 2015
£30.00 Thanks to Miss Paula Cohen 11 November 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Mrs Rosemary Meo 11 November 2015 Help is needed for these hard working animals who endure so much
£2.00 Thanks to Mr jon mccann 11 November 2015 they need our help every little bit.
£18.00 Thanks to Ms jennifer wiggans 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mr B A Gookey 10 November 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Ms pat cadwaladr 10 November 2015
£3.00 Thanks to Anonymous 10 November 2015 Keep on healing
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Anne Brindle 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Avril Chaplin 10 November 2015
£15.00 Thanks to Mrs Julia Tarn 10 November 2015 thank you for the ceaseless work you do on behalf of these poor animals
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Pauline Kean 10 November 2015
£7.00 Thanks to Mrs Elizabeth Potts 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Eleanor Oatway 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Kay Bordley 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Lesley Williams 10 November 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Mrs Catherine Dryden 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Kelly Vidal 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Moira Stapleton 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Wendy Garbett 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs susan eastwood 10 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mr Nick Lait 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs maureen carlile 10 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Anonymous 10 November 2015 You are doing wonderful work , thank you .
£5.00 Thanks to Miss Alexandra Fowler 10 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Kathleen Sherrington 10 November 2015
£5.00 Thanks to Mrs Caroline Taylor 10 November 2015 Please think of the suffering of animals who cannot speak for themselves
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Monica Wells 10 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Mrs Juliet Thayer 10 November 2015
£18.00 Thanks to Mrs Carol Hull 09 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Ms Lois Angeletti 09 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Rachael Saunders 09 November 2015 What a reief that something is being done about this appalling situation. It is unbelievable that the people expect these donkeys to work for them and subject them to this painful treatment.
£75.00 Thanks to Anonymous 09 November 2015 from my tribe they get spoilt
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Janet Nowotynski 09 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Anonymous 09 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Mr Christian SIBRAWA 09 November 2015
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£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Michele Burns 09 November 2015
£50.00 Thanks to Ms Elizabeth Hill 09 November 2015 Thank you for all the good work you do
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Desiree Silverstone 09 November 2015
£29.00 Thanks to Mrs Diana Renwick 09 November 2015 Keep up the good work
£20.00 Thanks to Dr Eileen Powell 09 November 2015
£25.00 Thanks to Ms Jeanette Eksteen 09 November 2015 Thank you for everything you do for our fury friends in need.
£18.00 Thanks to Anonymous 09 November 2015
£50.00 Thanks to Anonymous 09 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Ian Longman 08 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mrs Colette Crowther 08 November 2015 Good luck with this new project in Botswana. Great work!
£10.00 Thanks to Ms Emily Twigg 08 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Miss Stephanie Pryce 08 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs monica chamberlain 07 November 2015
£15.00 Thanks to Mrs Denise Long 07 November 2015 Good luck with all your efforts, and THANK YOU!
£20.00 Thanks to Mrs Pam Townsend 07 November 2015 Speechless .... wish I could afford more.
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs Trudi Goater 07 November 2015 I hope this helps to keep these guys safe xx
£20.00 Thanks to Mrs Joan Cole 06 November 2015 Breakthrough in Botswana
£10.00 Thanks to Anonymous 06 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mrs Rosemarie Flint 06 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mr Louis Malinowski 05 November 2015
£20.00 Thanks to Mrs Carol Maynard 05 November 2015
£10.00 Thanks to Mrs helen bunker 05 November 2015 help build the fence.
£5.00 Thanks to Anonymous 05 November 2015
£100.00 Thanks to Anonymous 05 November 2015 Your work is so valuable.
£20.00 Thanks to Anonymous 04 November 2015
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