Donkey sanctuary to close

It was announced today that the donkey sanctuary in Nerja – south of here along the Spanish coast – will close at the end of the month. I have never visited the Nerja sanctuary but have followed the good work that it does on their website and have always been interested in reading of the fortunes and woes of particular animals.

Donkeys at Nerja sanctuary

Donkeys at Nerja sanctuary

The reasons are financial and due to the lack of funds for investment in new premises the sanctuary cannot get the permissions it needs in order to continue with its work. Most donkeys will be rehoused at another santuary but some animals are looking for homes, so I am publicising their appeal here in case a Spanish resident reader of my blog can help.

If you are able to help re-home any of these animals, please contact Harriet at


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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2 Responses to Donkey sanctuary to close

  1. cg says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    I will pray that homes for these donkeys will be found. St Francis and the Holy Family will help them, I’m sure.

  2. Alys says:

    That is very sad news. They look like very happy donkeys! I hope they find equally happy homes.

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