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Assistant, Animal Welfare Department

The Donkey Sanctuary is one of the UK’s largest international animal welfare charities, currently supporting projects in over 35 countries worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.


More than 20 animals close to death in Villanuevas de Algaidas (Malaga)

Last 14th January we were involved in probably the worst case of neglectment of El Refugio del Burrito. We rescued more than 20 equids living amongst waste and dead bodies of other animals. We got the case thanks to an anonymous letter received by post asking for help for those animals.

When the staff arrived a horror movie scene shocked them. 21 equids were living amongst the waste and dead bodies of other animals.

Veterinario y Seprona atienden de urgencia a un burro que agoniza

Emergency at the Sanctuary after torrential rain causing flooding

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 120mm failing in just 12 hours. Some of you may have seen from our Facebook page that El Refugio del Burrito placed in Fuente de Piedra (Malaga) was badly affected.

Yesterday our team battled the elements to ensure that donkeys were evacuated from flooded areas of the sanctuary as this short video clip shows.

burros se refugian en establos tras las lluvias torrenciales

More than 15 years fighting to improve the conditions of the donkey taxis in Mijas (Spain)

Since the Donkey Sanctuary established its Spanish base in 2003 (el Refugio del Burrito), one of its priorities has been to improve the welfare of the donkeys working in Mijas. Back then, the NGO started to take donkeys that were unfit for work into its sanctuary, carrying out regular health inspections on the working animals, advising owners on basic care and behaviour and even providing free veterinary treatment for those donkeys that needed hoof and dental care.

Donkey taxi mijas

Justice for Rosie -the donkey devoured alive

“The dark coloured female donkey is nothing but skin and bone; she is lying on the floor, she doesn’t move, and she has got open wounds on her back. When she tries to stand up, the dog bites her and the donkey yells in pain…” It was the desperate message sent to the NGO El Refugio del burrito in August 2015 about a donkey found in some facilities at Quart de Poblet, Valencia.

Today, 4th of October, coinciding with the World Animal Day, Rosie’s trial has been held in the Court of Valencia.

Rosie, la burra, recibe curas por un veterinario del Refugio del Burrito

Flor, the donkey with no hair

On a Wednesday morning, our welfare team received a picture of female donkey, who was almost completely hairless and covered in wounds. The man who had found her and sent the picture was desperately asking for help as he didn’t know what to do with this poor soul. Our team quickly sprang into action, and set out to help this donkey, Flor.

Flor, the abandoned donkey with a terrible skin infecction

Airbnb social impact experience:A day amongst donkeys

Event date: 
Thursday, 5 July, 2018 - 10:00 to Thursday, 4 July, 2019 - 14:00
Event status: 
Plazas disponibles

Do you feel like having an authentic local experience of life within our sanctuary, sharing half a day with our 77 rescued donkeys and mules and our local staff and volunteers? Now it is possible thanks to Airbnb social impact experiences, who chose us to be part of their programme with 100% of the profits going towards our donkeys.

a day amongst donkeys


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