The very popular Nerja Donkey Sanctuary, on the road outside the town towards Torrox, has announced its closure at the end of this month, saying that problems with funding, premises and council licenses have prompted the decision. The donkeys will move to the El Refugio Del Burrito in Antequera, but the other animals, including pigs, cats and dogs are looking for new homes.

The full statement from the Donkey Sanctuary is below:-

“After 10 years of hard work, Nerja Donkey Sanctuary is closing at the end of June.

We have decided to close the charity: it has been a very emotional choice, but Harriet feels it is for the best.

For the charity to continue we would need to move to new premises which would run to around 10,000 Euros.

At the moment the charity does not have the right licences. In order to get these we need to move. We would also need to obtain building permissions and all of this requires a lot of time and money, neither of which we have.

The donkeys are moving to El Refugio Del Burrito in Antequera. Chuleta is also going to Antequera. Carretta and Espanyola will stay with Harriet. Shaggy is moving to Frigliana, Chispa, Rosie and Poppy to Coin, Siloueta to Marbella.

Campeone the horse is looking for a home as a companion, the pigs are also looking for homes as is Sammie the dog, five cats, and another four dogs. If you are able to help re-home any of these animals, please contact Harriet at

We still need donations this month as we are still open and we need to pay off any existing debts that the charity has run up. Once all the animals are safely off the site we will be selling off all the installations to raise money.

In July the charity will be closed down including the bank account and PayPal account and all standing orders will be cancelled.

This has been a very difficult decision to make but it feels like the right one. All the animals will go to good homes.

We would like to thank the thousands of people who have visited us and supported us in a range of ways over the last tem years. we would not have lasted as long as we have without this support and many animals have benefitted as a result.

If you can offer a home to an animal or have any queries please contact

Thank you and goodbye.”

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