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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

mule el Refugio del burrito

The Donkey Sanctuary and its partners are warning of an outbreak of Equine Influenza in Europe, a highly contagious disease that affects...

Veterinario y Seprona atienden de urgencia a un burro que agoniza

Last 14th January we were involved in probably the worst case of neglectment of El Refugio del Burrito. We rescued more than 20 equids...

Pedro at El Refugio del Burrito

No shelter from the burning sun, no relief from intense, relentless pain. No human kindness to keep him safe. Pedro was fighting for his...

burros se refugian en establos tras las lluvias torrenciales

When we think of Malaga in southern Spain, most of us think of sunshine, but the area was hit by heavy rain over the weekend with over...

Donkey taxi mijas

Since the Donkey Sanctuary established its Spanish base in 2003 (el Refugio del Burrito), one of its priorities has been to improve the...