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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

Our vision is a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. Do you want...

donkey with deformed legs

For first time in Spain, the judge has considered a crime for each of the 10 animals that were mistreated and not for the animals as a...

donkey in winter

It is scientifically proven: donkeys need more protection from the winter weather than horses.

burro taxi mijas

We continue to fight for improvement in the conditions and welfare of the Mijas donkey taxis. Over the years we have seen an increase...


Jasmin could barely walk due to the lenght of her hooves. She has been neglected for 13 years when we came to her rescue earlier this...