Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary

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Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary

Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary
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As a Greek Registered non for profit charity Sanctuary we rescue old, unwanted and abandoned donkeys from Crete and other Greek Islands. On average we have about 25 donkeys... Visitors are welcome to come and visit, you may mingle with the donkeys, groom, stroke, cuddle and get the know these beautiful affectionate and intelligent animals. Children may enter under supervision of an adult. We do not have an entry charge but have a small shop selling interesting donkey items which you are welcome to buy and/or leave a donation to help us feed and care for these beautiful creatures. We do not allow smoking at the sanctuary in case of fire risk and do not have toilet facilities due to water shortages. Please note that we are closed during the winter months from November until April, but if you wish to visit please call us or send a message on FB and we can arrange a time.
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Deutschexpat13
Pulheim, Germany139 contributions
More than just a donkey sanctuary!
Oct 2020
If you are visiting Phaistos, then make the effort to head minutes off the beaten path to the Agia Marina Donkey Sanctuary. Maybe 25 years ago, there was over half a million donkeys on the island of Crete. Now there is estimated to be roughly 15 thousand. They have been replaced by technology. As more farmers adopt new technology or retire or die off, their donkeys are more than just a machine that needs to be cared for. The Agia Marina Donkey Rescue Sanctuary was formed to care for those donkeys who could no longer be cared for by their proprietors. These social beings are friendly and walk right up to you. Be sure to pick up a brush and brush down their fur. Reserve an hour to brush the 27 or so donkeys as well as numerous other rescues at the Sanctuary! And make a donation as you leave!!
Written October 25, 2020
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We thank you with much love for your very kind and affectionate response.... thank you from the donkeys and their carers for your visit and we hope you will come again soon.. we wish you a healthy and happy winter, with warmest wishes Barbara, Fanis & Michalis
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Pingo1992
Bialystok, Poland10 contributions
Donkey paradise
Sep 2020 • Couples
We highly recommend visiting this place, even if it is quite far from where you are based. People who run this shelter have great hearts and really care about their animals. Donkeys are lovely, we were respectful for their moods, cause they have different personalities just like people (some of them are totally cuddlers, some of them less). There are also a few other animals there, dogs are big cuddlers. It is worth to bring some apples or carrots, owners will distribute them during feed time. Entrance is free, so I think it is nice to consider a donation.
Written October 19, 2020
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annalouiseo
Miami, FL64 contributions
A very special place.
Sep 2020 • Solo
I’ve just read the reviews and I agree with all of the wonderful things that have been said about this special place. I dare anyone to visit this sanctuary and not fall totally in love with donkeys ! I am an animal lover but never really knew how gentle and sweet these creatures are! After this visit I will always have a special place in my heart for donkeys.
Written September 28, 2020
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We thank you for your very kind review of our sanctuary and hope to welcome you back again.. Donkeys are very special animals, of course like all animals :-) with warmest wishes Barbara, Fanis and Michalis
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Lina v
Cologne, Germany9 contributions
Animal (lovers) paradise
Sep 2020 • Friends
Agia Marina Sanctuary is a beautiful place for traumatized donkeys to find a loving home amongst other, very well cared for goats, birds, cats, sheep, etc.
The sanctuary’s founder and other volunteers, are all very helpful to answer questions and provide information on each of the animals background.
So if you happen to be in the area, make sure to visit this lovely place and checkout their homemade goods and souvenirs too!
Written September 20, 2020
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Tobi R
Erlangen, Germany2 contributions
Great people taking care of great animals!
Sep 2020
Great people taking care of great animals! The owners of the sanctuary were so friendly and gave alot of explanations about donkeys and the other animals at the facility! Make sure to donate some money after your stay since donkey food is expensive ✌️
Written September 12, 2020
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JasminKl
Erlangen, Germany5 contributions
Lovely experience
Sep 2020 • Couples
Lovely family taking care of rescued donkeys and a few other animals. They will also give you a lot of interesting information about the donkeys. You are allowed to cuddle and stroke the donkeys and to fall in love with them 😍 make sure to support them with a little donation 🙂
Written September 12, 2020
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andreamt75
Zurich, Switzerland18 contributions
Very nice place to visit with kids
Aug 2020
Great place to visit with kids. The owner showed us around and explained the history of the sanctuary. Very friendly and patient. Also great for kids to visit as there's not much to do in the are for children.
Written August 20, 2020
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tiriak2017
Tallinn, Estonia19 contributions
Nice opportunity to communicate with donkeys
Oct 2019
It is a family farm, where are a lot of donkeys (some of them very old or not in the best shape, as they were abused before and brought there). There is no ticket, but you can make a donation or buy some donkey-related items. There are also some birds (geese, peacocks, turkeys).
Written October 29, 2019
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susansullivan07
Fife, UK42 contributions
happy donkeys
Sep 2019
I have lived and toured Greece for many years and have seen animal cruelty and neglect A recent visit to Rethymno in Crete changed my opinion and to see Greeks caring for animals is a great sight to to see. A road trip through the mountains ( look out for the eagles) led us to this wonderful sanctuary - not just for donkeys but geese, peacocks and turkeys
To see animals especially the donkeys being cared for is heaven on earth I had planned to visit Santorini but was put off by the stories of uncaring owners but this shows a much happier herd of animals
So head there - they don't charge an entrance fee but please take carrots and apples or even make a donations - it's so worth it
Written October 5, 2019
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There are so many people here on Crete who love and care and devote their lives to care for animals. We always hear and see the worst thing, this is human nature, sadly.. Thank you for your very nice review, and sorry for the late response but we never stop working.
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Laurel K
Nuremberg, Germany4 contributions
Lovely small farm
Oct 2019 • Couples
This farm is so sweet run by a very friendly, kind family. The animals are all very friendly and it's wonderful to interact with them.
Written October 2, 2019
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