What once was a dream of one person to make a difference & help the unwanted, sick and abused donkeys of Crete, has now become a reality at our family run Donkey Sanctuary.  Each one giving their time, love and effort to help and care for these beautiful animals to a better life.
 
The Greek Donkey is one of the most misunderstood, mistreated animals in todays society.
Agia Marina Donkey Rescue was founded in 2006.  We receive no Govt. Funding and are totally reliant on public donations, donkey sponsoring and fundraising.   No needy, unwanted or sick donkey will be turned away but will be warmly welcomed to our rescue centre and given all the care and love they need for the remainder of their lives.
These days many poor old Greek donkeys are being replaced by vehicles, donkeys have been used in Greece for many 1000's of yrs to carry people, olives, firewood, bales of hay pull ploughs etc etc, sadly many are abandoned by the roadside or tied cruelly in the hot sun without food or  water to die slowly or end up in the 'meat' trucks.  Many have injuries or have been mistreated, most have never been seen by a Vet, many have been hobbled all their lives and just love the new found freedom of our fields at Agia Marina Donkey Rescue....
 
I first came to Crete from New Zealand when I was 17, that was the beginning of my 'love affair' with the Island and Greek donkeys but it was not until the early 2000's after purchasing some land that I was able to start rescuing and caring for needy donkeys, so was born the Agia (Saint) Marina Donkey Rescue, named after a small church on a hill nearby
   Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Crete
Crete's mystery is extremely deep
 whoever sets foot on this island 
senses a mysterious force branching 
warmly and beneficially through his veins 
senses his soul begin to grow

Nikos Kazantzakis
Report to El Greco
GREEK REGISTERED SANCTUARYFAMILY RUN NON PROFIT ORGANISATIONAM. 2501.. AP. AΠ. 807/2012

Greek Law 2017 (1992):  No one should pointlessly make an animal suffer or cause it distress. No one should abandon a domestic animal
Family Doulyerakis

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Agia Marina Donkey Sanctuary
Agia Marina - Petrokefali - Mires
Heraklion - Crete 70400
Greece

THE SANCTUARY WILL BE OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS...
10.00 TO 14.00 & 17.00 TO 20.00
OUR RESCUE DONKEY SANCTUARY ON CRETE IS A CHARITY RELYING ENTIRELY ON A LOT OF VERY HARD WORK, MUCH LOVE AND CARE AND ON YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR WORK AND DONATIONS, DONK-E-SHOP SALES AND SPONSORSHIPS, PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AND REMEMBER US FOR THOSE HARD TO CHOSE GIFT IDEAS, AND HELP FEED A RESCUE DONKEY TOO.
 PAYMENT IS SIMPLE AND EASY...EITHER WITH PAYPAL OR BANK DEPOSIT...INFO GIVEN WITH ORDER.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO ORDER YOUR  DONKEY PRESENTS

A VERY SPECIAL PRESENT WITH A DIFFERENCE..ADOPT/SPONSOR A RESCUE DONKEY...

AT AGIA MARINA DONKEY SANCTUARY, CRETE we are dedicated to the rescue and care of elderly, abused and abandoned donkeys for the remainder of their lives. We feed and care for many donkeys without any form of subsidy.

By sponsoring you can help us continue to provide good food and medicines for our needy donkeys.
If you would like to 'adopt a donkey' personally or as a gift please choose your donkey on the this page and
send an email to us at donkeyrescue@hotmail.com and w will send the recipient a certificate, a photo ready to frame and regular updates on your very grateful chosen donkey.  
ALL PAYMENT DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON THE "ADOPT A DONKEY PAGE"