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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

Groom with donkeys in the paddock

At El Refugio del Burrito we understand the only way to change the world for the better for donkeys and mules is through education and...


A few weeks ago our Welfare team were forwarded a post from Diario Animalista circulating on social media, requesting urgent help for a...

burro toto

Donkeys are often painted as stubborn, slow and dull - something that we at The Donkey Sanctuary know for a fact is untrue. These five...

let´s celebrate

El Refugio del Burrito, our sanctuary in Spain, has provided care, life-saving treatments and refuge to thousands of donkeys and mules...

Telerin in hospital

After two weeks of dedication, teamwork and expert care, we have managed to save the life of Telerin, a rescue donkey suffering from...