By Joe Chivers
THE livelihoods of hundreds of donkeys are in danger, after the closure of a popular sanctuary in the Axarquia.
In a move which will shock and sadden many, the Nerja Donkey Sanctuary is to close at the end of this month.
The donkeys will be separated and most of them carted off to new homes.
However, several are still without a new home to move into with just a week to go, while other animals such as pigs, a horse, cats and dogs face an uncertain future.
The sanctuary has been operating since 2004, and was popular with visitors and residents alike.
It has twice been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, in 2013 and 2014, although it currently lacks the necessary licenses to remain open.
A spokesman for the sanctuary told the Olive Press that the cost of finding a new location and getting a licence would cost an estimated €10,000, beyond the budget of the small volunteer-run organisation.
Harriet Horne, the owner of the sanctuary, described the decision as ‘a very emotional choice’ and thanked all the supporters.
“We would not have lasted as long as we have without this support and many animals have benefited as a result.”
The sanctuary still requires donations to pay off any debts and to ensure a smooth last few days.