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All is ready for El Rocio

One more year, El Refugio del Burrito displays an operation to ensure animal welfare during El Rocío Pilgrimage.

With over one million participants and close to 120 brotherhoods, El Rocío is the largest pilgrimage in the Western world. The worshippers will undertake the journey to the chapel of El Rocío (Almonte, Huelva) in carts decorated with colours and ribbons and riding horses, mules and other equines. More than 20,000 animals will accompany them.

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Guided tour and grooming

Event date: 
Thursday, 29 December, 2016 - 11:00 to Saturday, 31 December, 2016 - 13:00
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Are you in South Spain this Christmas? Do you feel like spending a day surrounded by nature and equines and learning more about this beautiful animals?

On the 29, 30 and 31 of December from 11am to 1pm we will offer guided tours with grooming sessions in our Sanctuary in Fuente de Piedra (Malaga)

Introduction course to donkey care and health

Event date: 
Saturday, 4 March, 2017 - 09:30 to Sunday, 5 March, 2017 - 14:30
Event status: 
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This two- day course combines the latest knowledge about caring for donkeys with practical hands on experience. This course is a great introduction to the wonderful world of donkeys. The course will cover: Stable and pasture management, signs of ill health, basic training, feeding, grooming and handling.

The course will be presential in our holding base in Brunete, Madrid.

Dates: 4 & 5 March 2017

Saturday 4th March: 10am- 5pm
Sunday 5th March: 10am- 2pm

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Introduction course to donkey care and health

Three months imprisonment for failing to give veterinary assistance to a donkey and causing its death

A man has been sentenced to three months in prison and one year of disqualification from working with animals for abandoning and failing to give vet care to his donkey, thus causing its death.

In June 2015, El Refugio del Burrito (ERDB) investigated the case and reported the donkey’s owner after being informed of its situation.


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