Apache’s arrival has been the one of the most expected ones ever here at El Refugio del Burrito. He was the one donkey we had to leave behind during the course of our biggest rescue case in Alicante a few months ago; because he was so weak and his hooves were in such dreadful condition he was unable to travel. He stayed at a holding base in Murcia not far from Alicante, where he has been recovering prior to travelling to his brand new home at El Refugio del Burrito’s headquarters. We are happy to announce he has already joined our big happy family in Fuente de Piedra.
El Refugio del Burrito has reached 10 years of continuous support, refuge, love and care for donkeys and mules in the whole of Spain!!!
This is an event we want to share with as many of you as possible, and it will take place at our headquarters in Fuente de Piedra, in the province of Málaga.
The exact location can be found on this link for the event:
El Refugio del Burrito has now rescued 9 neglected and mistreated donkeys that were enduring an unsustainable situation in the province of Alicante. 5 of those are already enjoying their new home at our headquarters in Fuente de Piedra, Málaga.
Right after receiving a video recorded by a Dutch horse rescue association, El Refugio del Burrito was set in motion to help donkeys that were in the same facilities. Fortunately, five of those donkeys are now safe at our sanctuary, a true paradise after the hell they’ve been living.
Late last night 16 donkeys and 5 mules arrived at The Donkey Sanctuary’s main Italian rescue centre at Sala Biellese, near Turin. The donkeys were recently rescued from appalling conditions by the charity, from an Italian equine trader in Colleferro, Italy.
Staff were shocked when they found 104 animals without food or shelter. Many rescued donkeys were significantly underweight, with severely overgrown hooves. For some animals it was too late.
It was but a few days ago we went to a neighbouring village called Villanueva de Algaidas. to rescue a mule whose owner was very ill and could no longer take care of her.
The mule's name was Pequeña (little one in Spanish), even when she is a large, respectable lady of 32.
When we arrived where she was, we found a little stray dog beside her; he was undernourished and had no collar or any other identification.
Unfortunately, we keep hearing expressions like credit crunch, financial crisis and so on, reading about their terrible consequences, and we are very well aware of how hard times are for all kinds of families, animal or human. The following case, sadly, is no exception. This crisis is an unavoidable reality, at least for the time being. Stories such as Portugués’ and his owner are an evidence.
Portugués had a harsh, unrewarding life, like that of so many other unfortunate donkeys. He barely survived with his old owner, a man who claimed he cared for him, but had very little to show for it. He had used Portugués until he was no longer fit for work and lately, he merely made him spend his days tied up, with little food, a set of deformed hooves caused by negligence and his body covered in scabs as a result of allergic reactions to insect bites. Then, a young woman noticed his plight and decided to come to the rescue.
Our latest rescue has nothing nice or tender about it. It is simply one of those stories we would choose not to tell, one of those stories no words can make softer, because they emanate sheer pain.
Nolvi was a very unlucky donkey, a forgotten princess. She belonged to some gypsies who worked in the meat trade business. We do not know much about her life with them, but taking a look at her, one can tell it was not an easy life.
Meet Terrance our latest rescue. He is a young, strong and determined donkey that was found abandoned near Los Barrios in the province of Cádiz. It was at the dog pound of this municipality, that he has been taken care of, until we have been able to rescue him.
His carers assure us that he seemed a really placid donkey at first... Bit by bit, his true, determined nature started to show, and he became the leader of the pack at the pound!
This is a love story; one of those love stories with a bittersweet ending we often hear about. But never mind how often you do hear them, they make your heart soften each and every time. Once upon a time, there was a man, a man and his beloved mule.
Navarra is her name; chestnut and ginger and brown and striped is she. A beautiful mule.
As you can see the number of donkeys at El Refugio keeps increasing.
Our latest rescue is Platera. She arrived not ten minutes ago from the neighbouring village of Humilladero.
Platera lived with her loving owners who had no other choice but to move to a different part of the country, and could not take her with them. That was the reason why they relinquished her to us.