By Rebecca Maguire
A POPULAR donkey sanctuary is being forced to move due to strict new regulations.
Organisers now fear for its future after being told that the centre – which is Nerja’s top tourist attraction according to Trip Advisor – is too near the town, at just 150 metros away.
Under new rules any equine rescue centre must be at least 500 metros from a town.
Sanctuary organisers are now being forced to look for suitable land, but as president Harriet Horne explains it’s expected to be a long process and has come at a difficult time.
“Visitor numbers are usually lower at this time of year and with the cost of feed and IVA increasing, things are difficult, “ she told the Olive Press. “ So it is not the best time.”
She added that only once a new site had been approved by the town hall, could the animals can move in.
“But we’re hoping once the move is complete we’ll finally be able to co-exist in co-operation with the town hall.”
The centre, which is open all year and free to the public, relies entirely on donations.
Organisers now hope to raise necessary funds via a new website www. nerjadonkeysanctuary.com.
Various fundraising nights have been organized starting this month with a quiz night at The Boathouse Bar, in Nerja on March 6.
For more information on the sanctuary contact Judith Buchanan on [email protected] or telephone 618467575.