The Donkey Sanctuary is sorry to announce that our Spanish sanctuary, El Refugio del Burrito, in Malaga Province, is currently closed to the public due to staff shortages and maintenance work. Our priorities are and will always be the welfare of our donkeys. Thank you for your understanding. We will let you know as soon as we’re open to the public again.
Abandoned with a terrible dermatitis
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15 years fighting to improve donkey taxi conditions
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.
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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.
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• Donkey populations collapsing in some countries across Africa, South America and Asia
• Millions of donkeys killed by traders...
We are sure we don’t need to tell you, but donkeys are wonderful creatures and make the greatest of friends!
While on your holiday, be a responsible tourist and put yourself ‘In Their Hooves.’