I really do thank you for taking the time to visit our site and hope you will be able to support the work we do here in Italy.
We have tried to make it as easy as possible to navigate the site and on the right hand side you will find all the information relating to our work and all the ways that you can help us. The fact that you have taken the time to visit means a lot to me and if you can make a small donation before you leave it will make such a difference to our work as we receive no government grants or other income other than donations from our supporters.
If you have any suggestions for improving this site or do not find what you are looking for please leave a comment for me as I need all the feedback and help I can get.
Once again thanks for visiting.
General Manager, Italy
130 participants, a lot of funny, original names, a big help for Il Rifugio and... only one winner: during 1st May Grooming Day, a child drawn the winning ticket of our contest. Lucky smiled to Lisa Suzanne: since yesterday afternoon, two donkeys have their brand new names Coco and Carl.
Donkey Sanctuary supporters already know it: Donkey Week is a cult event for charity and allows all donkey lovers to try a unique experience and a full immersion in donkeys’ lives. Now we are pleased to announce you that this year, for the first time, even our Rifugio will held a similar event, a Donkey Weekend which will take place from 2 to 4 August in our Italian base.
1st May at Il Rifugio: Grooming Day and drawning of the winning ticket to find a name for two donkeys!
On 1st May Il Rifugio will host the Grooming Day: don't miss this event if you wish to spend some quality time with our wonderful donkeys!
From 2 pm to 6.30 pm you will learn how to groom donkeys and our Staff will teach you a lot of interesting things about their daily care.
Dear friends and supporters,
with deep sorrow we are writing to announce you that last Monday our beloved Dipsy was put to sleep because her health conditions no longer allowed her a dignified life. She was 26.
If you live in Piedmont, on Saturday 13th April don't miss "Festa di Primavera" in Cossato (BI): from 2 pm to 5.30 pm you will find our stand in Piazza Tempia.
If you live and work in Italy, you can support Il Rifugio’s donkeys at no additional cost for you by 5 per Mille.
While filling Mod. 730, CUD or Modello UNICO for tax declaration, it is enough to sign the box “Sostegno delle organizzazioni non lucrative di utilità sociale...” and fill it with fiscal code 02270470020.
Colleferro’s emergency, with the arrival of 21 confiscated animals, has caused Il Rifugio’s reach of maximum homing capacity. When animals are under confiscation, authorities must find adequate areas and fosterers: otherwise it often happens that animals are given back again to their previous owner, even if he’s under investigation for mistreatments.
PRESS RELEASE from The Donkey Sanctuary - 20th February 2013
Late last night 16 donkeys and 5 mules arrived at The Donkey Sanctuary’s main Italian rescue centre at Sala Biellese, near Turin. The donkeys were recently rescued from appalling conditions by the charity, from an Italian equine trader in Colleferro, Italy.
COLLEFERRO (Rome) EMERGENCY: right now one of the largest legal confiscations of equines yet to be carried out in Italy is underway
Press release by IHP, Fondazione Il Rifugio degli Asinelli ONLUS, ENPA – 30th January 2013
Colleferro (Rome) Emergency: one of the biggest seizure of donkeys, horses and mule ever made in Italy is ongoing, in coordination with Health Minister task force and afety Regulations branch of the Carabinieri (NAS. Help is needed to feed the starving animals and give urgent medical attention prior to their transfer elsewhere.