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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.
Dear friends, since today (23 November) and to a date to be determined, our Rifugio will be closed to public.
Besides bad weather,...
Dear donkey lovers, if you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift take a look at our merchandising.
We can ship Worldwide: please get...
Dear donkeyt friends, for 2017 our calendar doubles and is available in 2 sizes: wall calendar and desk calendar.
But it's not only size which changes: pictures are different...
As often happens, it all started with a phone call: last week one of our supporters called il Rifugio, concerned about her old...
The Donkey Sanctuary has collaborated with Eurogroup for Animals on their #StopTheTrucks campaign to address shortcomings of the current live animal transportation rules, which leave many production...
Research underway by The Donkey Sanctuary is revealing a worrying trend in the growing trade and demand of donkey meat and skins, and its potential effects to...