Monthly Archives: March 2015

Elfie and Willem introduce themselves

The two new inhabitants of the Donkey Paradise want to present themselves to you, so here they are:

Elfie having a tasty snack

Elfie having a tasty snack


Marleen welcomes Elfie to the Paraiso

Marleen welcomes Elfie to the Paraiso


“Hello there! My name is Elfie, and I have been a working mule all my life. Now I am so old, that both my previous owner and me have lost count of the years! I was bought free by one of the volunteers of this paradise, and she also gave me my name. I like it – so far I they only called me ‘mule’ (‘mula’ in Spanish) and it’s nice to have a real name now. I live in a little house now. I used to live outside and I still have a bad cold and that’s why I am now wearing a warm cover during the nights.”

Noble Willem

Noble Willem


A nice warm coat to keep Willem warm

A nice warm coat to keep Willem warm

“I am Willem and I like Elfie but she doesn’t like me. And, even worse, the people here will not let me near the other donkeys until I’ve had an operation … Just my luck!! But then maybe that is not as bad as going to the slaughter, so I will not complain too much. Hopefully I will be able to join the lovely lady donkeys afterwards.”

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Luis’s Caring for Rosie Challenge

Luis and Marleen with Rosie

Luis and Marleen with Rosie

This year Luis, a great friend of the donkeys at El Paraiso del Burro (The Donkey Paradise), is undertaking three tough challenges to raise £1000 for Rosie, a donkey at our refuge.

Rosie first came to us in 2012 after a neighbour of her previous owner contacted Marleen to say that Rosie was going to be euthanised as the owner no longer had a use for her.  Rosie was around 25 years of age, in poor health and with severe hoof problems which meant she had great difficultly in walking.  Despite all her problems, Rosie is a very adorable donkey with a sweet nature.  She has settled into the refuge well and has received a great deal of continuing care for her health and hoof problems.  The farrier fitted Rosie with specially adapted “heels” to correct her posture and strengthen her legs.

Each donkey at the refuge costs about £500 per year to be fed and cared for.  Many need regular veterinary care and all of the donkeys need hoof care regularly.  By undertaking three challenges, Luis aims to raise enough money to cover the cost of Rosie’s care for two years.  This Spring he will cycle to the mountain lakes in the Picos de Europa mountains, a tough 100km ride up steep terrain; he will walk a tough 50km mountain hike and he will also cycle 160km in one day along the canal of Castille.

Luis would welcome all the support he can get in order to complete his challenges and his goal of raising £1000 for Rosie.

Please support him via the link below:

http://www.gofundme.com/CaringforRosie

Rosie when she first arrived.

Rosie when she first arrived.

Rosie on high heels

Rosie on high heels

Rosie with one new shoe

Rosie with one new shoe