Charities Project February – Nerja Donkey Sanctuary

Our chosen charity for February is the Nerja Donkey Sanctuary. They are located on the southern coast of Spain in the Malaga province and work hard to rescue donkeys and other animals as well as educate within local schools and aid disabled children with their therapy on horseback scheme. Here’s some more about what they do:

The Nerja Donkey Sanctuary is a registered Spanish charity run by volunteers. We opened in 2004 to help abandoned, abused and ill equines. We also function as a visitor and education centre. We assist local police authorities with donkeys that are wandering free or lost and give advice to concerned members of the public. Often we are called to remove animals that have strayed on to roads and are a hazard to traffic. Where necessary we will provide veterinary care to animals whose owner is unable to afford the treatment.

In just seven the years the sanctuary has rescued thousands of animals and has expanded in to a second field all thanks to donations. We mainly focus on donkeys but we have also rescued a variety of different farm animals including, sheep, pigs, goats, mules and horses. We aim to find loving homes for as many of these animals at possible whilst also keeping some of the rarer examples in the sanctuary for education purposes. Like Conan our rare giant Andalucian donkey.

Education is key. We work hard to educate the next generation on how to care for their animals with love and respect. We do this by visiting schools in the local area explaining about different equines and farm animals and how to care for them. These schools in turn then visit the sanctuary. We have noticed a marked increase in calls for help from owners who are unable to care for their animals. Previously they would have than abandoned their animal without seeking help. We feel this shows our message is getting through.

We also run a hippotherapy (therapy on horseback) program for local children. The children we currently work with are aged two to eight years old and have a wide range of disabilities; such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and children who are currently undiagnosed.

Money raised for the charity will be used to build new shelters, improve disabled access to the sanctuary, replace broken tools and feed buckets and repair pens and fences. We will also be able to build new individual pens for our more vulnerable animals. This will enable us to continue to welcome new animals whilst caring for our existing residents to the highest possible standard. Thank you!

How you can help: Go to our facebook page and click “like” and then share it with your friends. The charity will receive a donation based on the number of likes they receive within the month of February. Help us to help them by liking our facebook page today:

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More about our Charity Project in 2012 can be found here: http://www.oxfordcollege.ac/news/112-charities-project-2012