Help us to protect donkeys and mules


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


A unique way to support our ongoing work


Provide a home to a pair of donkeys

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.


Thursday, 14 May, 2015 - 19:30 to 22:00

On 14th May a charity dinner for our Rifugio will be hosted by vegan restaurant Ratatouille (Corso Tortona 2G - Turin).

Sunday, 21 June, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00

Let's celebrate Summer at Il Rifugio with Grooming Day!

From 2 pm, you will be able to learn more about donkey care and groom our gorgeous donkeys.

No booking required; free admission.

Friday, 1 May, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00

On Friday 1st May you're invited to join our May Grooming Day!

Grooming Days are very special events when donkey lovers can learn how to take care of our gorgeous long-eared friends and spend some quality time in their company.


Daytime is getting longer and so do our opening hours: starting from 1st April until 30th September, we'll be open daily from 10 am to 6...

Do you know that you can transform your tax declaration into a declaration of love for the donkeys?

Our crossed fingers weren't enough and we have to inform you that Spring Grooming Day has been cancelled due to bad weather.

There's no Spring without Spring Grooming Day! On Sunday 22th we'll host the first event of 2015 and you cannot miss it.

We got a huge number of requests and they are finally arrived: we present the terracotta figurines of Agostino, Alin, Clementina,...

This Valentine share your love: adopt a donkey for yourself or for the one you love!