Here are a few photos of some of the beautiful donkeys at El Paraíso del Burro, the Donkey Paradise, in Asturias, Northern Spain. Our donkeys are mostly, but not entirely, elderly and often arrive with health problems due to overwork, poor food and stabling and lack of general care, for example lack of hoof care and treatment of parasites. A few of our donkeys, however, come from homes where they were well looked after but, for diverse reasons, their former owners can no longer care for them. We also have a small group of youngsters who tend to stick together. As well as the donkeys, we also look after a group of horses and ponies, plus several cats, dogs and one delightful, hairy, pig! At the Donkey Paradise they are all well loved and cared for by Marleen, the founder (pictured in one or two photos below) and her teams of volunteers.
Thank you to one of our Volunteers, Vincent Galiano for these wonderful photos.