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  1. SPANA is an international charity which helps working animals around the world. 

    SPANA work in the developing countries of the world where millions of people are dependent on their animals – horses, donkeys, mules, elephants – for a living. 

    What SPANA does and where

    SPANA treats animals, it teaches the owners about animal care and it trains local professionals and communities.  SPANA works in countries such as Somaliland, Tanzania, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Peru, Liberia, Mongolia, Kenya, and Cameroon.   You can find out more about its work here.

    And they know that from their visits in mobile clinics to out of the way places, many of the animals can suffer terribly from tetanus and they can die from it as well.

    The problem: tetanus can kill

    Just a small scratch is enough for tetanus bacteria to enter their stream.  And then they need treatment immediately – if they don’t get it, the animal is not likely to survive.

    The solution:  to vaccinate against tetanus

    The simple solution is to vaccinate the animals against tetanus

    Introducing Mory

    Mory’s story is typical.

    He transports waste to rubbish dumps in Mali.  The work is backbreaking, in scorching heat and a hazardous environment.

    Introducing MoryIntroducing Mory
    Image © SPANA

    An open wound on Mory’s back getes worse as the cart knocks his back. His wound is the perfect place for tetanus bacteria to enter his body – and multiply.

    But Mory’s owner saw Mory’s wound was getting worse.  SPANA’s mobile clinic was luckily close by. Their vets cleaned the wounds, sprayed them with antiseptic and dressed them.  They gave Mory a vaccine to stop tetanus and gave Mory’s owner advice about harnessing him correctly to stop the cart running into the wound.

    How you can help animals like Mory

    You can help with a donation to vaccinate many animals like Mory and keep them safe from tetanus.

    Please donate here.  Every vaccination makes a difference to a hard-working animal like Mory.

    • £20 could vaccinate 8 animals against tetanus. 
    • £45 ...could pay for bandages, antiseptics and anti-inflammatory medicine to treat the wound of a working animal at risk of developing tetanus.
    • £80 ...could pay for medicines, food and bedding to treat an animal with a mild case of tetanus at the SPANA stables for three days

    Mory says THANK YOU on behalf of all his friends!


    Britain's Tiger Kings

    On Tuesday 30 March at 9pm, there's the first of a two part documentary on ITV about people who keep wild animals.

    Ross Kemp meets the people - there are about 4,000 wild animals kept in the UK.   These include five tigers who are owned by a former circus trainer and lions in a man's back garden. 

    If you want to help tigers in the wild, take a look at Tigers4ever.  They are raising funds to help protect tigers in the wild on Global Giving.  

  3. Do you love orangutans and want to help this amazing species?

    Well, here’s a great opportunity!   All three species of orangutan are under threat in Indonesia.  Habitat loss, mainly for palm oil production and other agriculture, is the main driver. 

    International Animal Rescue is working hard to tackle the problem:

    • Rescuing and rehabilitating individual orangutans and reintroducing them into the wild
    • Protecting forests and undertaking reforestation
    • Education and community outreach work
    • Working with all stakeholders to secure the long term future of orangutans, local communities and forest habitat – people and animals depend on them for survival.

    Orangutans need enough forest to give them food and shelter, and enable them to move from one area to another so that they can breed. 

    Help International Animal Rescue Pay for a Day to help orangutans

    Help International Animal Rescue Pay for a Day to help orangutans
    image © International Animal Rescue

    This week, International Animal Rescue (IAR) is aiming to raise £4,000 each day from Monday to Friday.

    Why £4,000?  Well, it’s because that’s the cost of running the entire orangutan rescue project each day.   The £4,000 pays for rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing Critically Endangered orangutans and also for protecting their vital habitats.  It also helps educate local communities.

    So IAR is looking to raise £4,000 each day from Monday to Friday, to help fund the rescue project.

    #DayOne is about being on the frontline of orangutan rescue

    The team can be ready to go with little notice so they can respond very quickly to reports of orangutans in need of rescue.

    It can take days of travelling by boat, foot and/or vehicle to reach remote parts of the rainforest – and donors are behind rescuers all the way, funding each rescue.

    #DayTwo is about landscape conservation.

    Orangutans need habitats - and as forest fires destroy the forests, their habitats are vanishing fast.  The IAR Indonesia team and the BKSDA are working hard to protect the orangutans - they have planted 65,000 seedlings since 2016!  The team is busy protecting forest, reforesting areas which have been destroyed by fires and creating corridors for orangutans to move from one area to another. 

    #DayThree is about Education

    Conservation and education go hand in hand.  IAR provides information on the legality of keeping orangutans as pets, and also on orangutan conservation.  It talks to the local community about its work and how it affects local people.  IAR is in collaboration with the Melawi Regency Education and Culture Office, a programme with activities in schools and which aims to divert young people from activities that destroy nature e.g.  illegally seeking forest wood and hunting protected animals. They also help young people develop computer skills to help them get work in the future.  

    #DayFour is about Rehabilitation

    After rescue, orangutans go to a rescue and rehabilitation centre in West Borneo.  Here they receive life-saving treatment, with expert care from vets and keepers.  Orphaned orangutans go into different schools and taught the skills they should have learnt from their mothers.    At the moment, the centre is caring for over 100 recue orangutans and they all need careful, 24 hour care to help them recover. 

    #DayFive - Release and Monitoring

    Release takes month of careful planning as a suitable release site must be found.  Work must be done with the local communities and the right steps put in place.   It's the most important part of the work - and the most expensive.  Orangutans are monitored for up to 2 years after their release, as the field team takes notes on how the orangutan is coping in the wild.  If they can't cope, they come back to the centre for more rehabilitation.  

    So please see if you can help today and make a donation to help #payforaday!  Even if you can’t donate, please share the word so that we can get lots of people to support the pay for a day appeal.

    Visit International Animal Rescue’s website to find out more and/or donate here