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5X1000 al Rifugio: 02270470020
Thursday, 3 May, 2018 - 11:45 to Monday, 23 July, 2018 - 08:00

If you live and work in Italy, you can donate your 5X1000 of taxes to our Rifugio just filling the proper box in the tax declaration with the code...

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.

Welcome to our family

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.

Latest news

Agostino e Mario

World kiss day with the donkeys

Today, 6 July 2018, is the Kiss World Day: we have chosen to celebrate it in our own way, with a succession of "kisses" exchanged by our donkeys over the years.

Coccole al Rifugio

July with donkeys

This July come and meet our wonderful donkeys! We are open every day, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m: free entry and no booking is required to pay a visit to the 135 donkeys and mules hosted at our Rifugio.

Yoga in mezzo agli asinelli

On Saturday 14 the last appointment with Ih-oh... ga

f you love yoga and donkeys, do not take commitments for Saturday, July 14: our Rifugio will host the last appointment with Ih-oh ... ga! before the summer break....

Domenica Bestiale 2018

A Sunday for every animal lovers!

The countdown has begun: on July 29, at our Rifugio will once again be the Bestial Sunday, the event that every two years brings to Sala Biellese charities that, just like us, deal with "...

Santorini Campaign Donkey Defender

Support of donkeys in Santorini

The Donkey Sanctuary staff recently visited the island of Santorini to assess the conditions of these hardworking animals. Despite our longstanding efforts, we were dismayed by the suffering we...

Nei recinti per il Grooming Day del Rifugio degli Asinelli

10 reasons (plus 1) to join our Grooming Days

This Sunday it's Grooming Day: are you still in doubt whether to join it or not?

In this video we give you ten reasons (plus one) to join.