A great way to support our work is by adopting one (or more!) of our six Adoption Donkeys. Each Adoption only costs €15 per year for which you will receive a certificate and our newsletters. An Adoption makes a great gift too and if it is for a special day, let us know the date and we do our utmost to make sure you receive it in time to give to the person you have bought it for.
You can help us even further if you agree to receive the certificate(s) by email. By doing so you will receive four e-newsletters per year instead of the usual two paper newsletters! Emailing saves us a great deal of money which we can then use for our donkeys. It also helps the environment.
Estrella is now part of our Donkey Assisted Therapy for Children with Special Needs program.
She enjoys visiting Special Needs schools and the interaction with the children. She used to be kept as a pet by a couple in Granada. Being in a very good condition and such a gentle donkey, we considered her ideal for this activity. This work is very rewarding both for Estrella and all the children who enjoy her company.
Julito has a very interesting story: He was rescued by a man in Madrid, who saved him from being used as lion bait in a Safari Park!
Once rescued, Julito decided it was time to develop his full potential… and started a singing career that earned him his name (After Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias)! Indeed, braying is what Julito seems to enjoy the most. Julito was relinquished to us when his rescuer, who loves him dearly, could no longer take care of him. He wanted to make sure that Julito had the best possible life. We are proud to present this Donkey Divo in our adoption scheme!
León belongs to a breed of miniature donkeys who were also rescued from Naples Zoo.
León shares his paddock with a group of six other miniature donkeys. You can often see him playfully running along with them. His cute looks and his definitely boisterous and mischievous attitude have made him a favourite among staff and visitors alike.
Romero is very special to us, being the first donkey to come to El Refugio.
He came from the coastal town of Mijas, where he spent most of his life working as a donkey taxi. Although he's worked very hard for many years, he is a very active and much-loved donkey. He now enjoys his retirement at El Refugio, a just reward to all those years of hard work.
Toto was rescued in France and re-homed in our sanctuary in Fuente de Piedra in 2003, when he was one year old.
Toto is a very smart and lively donkey with huge ears. He is one of the donkeys of our riding therapy unit for children with special needs.