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Donkeys at heart
Il Rifugio degli Asinelli was established in 2006 and is a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary, UK founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It is only through her amazing devotion to donkeys and hard work that the Sanctuary grew to the international charity it is today. Over 50 million donkeys and mules exist in the world. Many need care and protection from a life of suffering and neglect, whilst others have a vital role to play in human survival and happiness; they are at the heart of everything we do here at Il Rifugio degli Asinelli.
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We are delighted that you have decided to visit Il Rifugio degli Asinelli and that you share our love and compassion for donkeys and mules, such gentle and affectionate creatures. Our work is funded entirely by donations and legacy gifts. Your kindness and generosity will help us to care and protect one of the world’s most hard working and humble creatures and help enrich so many lives... for that we are truly grateful.
The Donkey Sanctuary's partnership with Eurogroup for Animals...
Press Release - 3 March, World Wildlife Day: 9 charities have signed the "...
Thank you for helping to save starving donkeys and mules in Italy. We would like to say thank you to everyone who supported our plea to help donkeys...
Our Rifugio is greener and greener: we have changed our old energy provider choosing LifeGate, which provides energy that comes entirely from sustainable resources as water, wind etc.
In order to complete the prophylaxis agains lice, a part of our Rifugio will be closed to visitors until further notice.
One year ago, our Welfare officer Fabrizio Massa received a complain about two donkeys, living with a mare and two ponies in a town in the Alps, Bardonecchia.
All of them had awful...