Donate

Help us to protect donkeys and mules

Adopt

Join the adoption family and you'll have a friend for life

Sponsor

A unique way to support our ongoing work

Foster

Provide a home to a pair of donkeys

Forthcoming events

Volunteering with the donkeys
Saturday, 9 June, 2018 - 14:30 to 18:30

Would you like to donate your time to the donkeys? Become an ambassador, become a volunteer!

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

Grooming Day per conoscere meglio gli asinelli

Brushes, cuddles... Grooming Day!

On Sunday, May 27 the Grooming Day is back: a spring day to spend in nature and, above all, in sweet donkeys' company.

Volunteering with the donkeys

Recruitment day for new volunteers

Would you like to donate your time to the donkeys? Become an ambassador, become a volunteer!

Saturday 9 June from 2.30pm to 6.30pm we are looking for you at our Recruitment Day for new...

14 and 15 May: early closing at 5 pm

Info to visitors: on Monday 14 May and Tuesday 15 May we will close early at 5 pm.

From Wednesday we will return to ordinary opening times - daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm.

Gli asinelli su Bored Panda

Our donkeys on BoredPanda

There's a whole photogallery dedicated to our Rifugio's donkeys on Bored Panda, one of the most famous and well-known online editors, which was born "to fight boredom with art and good news" and currently...

Flehmen response

World Donkey Day: 10 facts about these gorgeous animals

Tuesday 8 May is World Donkey Day: to celebrate, we're sharing ten interesting and defining facts about these gentle and highly intelligent...

5X1000 al Rifugio: 02270470020

5X1000 agli asinelli: 02270470020

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 02270470020 and your signature, just like in...