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Donkeys at heart

El Refugio del Burrito was established in 2003 and is a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary, UK founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It is only through her amazing devotion to donkeys and hard work that the Sanctuary grew to the international charity it is today. Over 50 million donkeys and mules exist in the world. Many need care and protection from a life of suffering and neglect, whilst others have a vital role to play in human survival and happiness; they are at the heart of everything we do here at El Refugio del Burrito.

Welcome to our family

We are delighted that you have decided to visit El Refugio del Burrito and that you share our love and compassion for donkeys and mules, such gentle and affectionate creatures. Our work is funded entirely by donations and legacy gifts. Your kindness and generosity will help us to care and protect one of the world’s most hard working and humble creatures and help enrich so many lives... for that we are truly grateful.

Latest News


At 31-years-old, when the time had come where she was no longer strong enough to work, elderly donkey Anastasia was left to suffer in...

mulos tirando de un carro

After 5 years of working in El Rocío, we measured a significant improvement in animal welfare. This is the result of the collaborative...

Coral Ruiz advising Rociero on protecting his mule´s nose injury caused by serrated noseband

This week, more than 20,000 equines will participate in El Rocio, the largest pilgrimage in the Western world.

cuidados dentales burros

Donkeys evolved to roam over long distances in very arid climates across rugged terrain, in search of sparse and coarse grasses as well...

Mula paquita en campamento nomada

The local police conducted a raid in Badajoz, Spain and found 26 famished animals in the hands of a group of Portuguese travellers,...