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

During Grooming Day visitors can learn how to brush donkeys supervised by our staff
Sunday, 30 October, 2016 - 11:00 to 17:00

Grooming Day are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

During Grooming Day visitors can learn how to brush donkeys supervised by our staff
Sunday, 18 September, 2016 - 11:00 to 18:00

Grooming Day are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

Donkey Poldo watches visitors during birthday party's last edition
Sunday, 28 August, 2016 - 10:00 to 18:00

Come and celebrate with us our 7th birthday!

Grooming, guided tours, activities, stands and much more to dicscover.

Durante il Grooming Day potete imparare a spazzolare gli asinelli e passare del tempo speciale con loro
Sunday, 31 July, 2016 - 10:00 to 18:00

A special event dedicated to all "unconventional" pets and to the charities which take care of them.

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

Domenica Bestiale 2016

31/7 it's the Domenica Bestiale!

On Sunday 31st July our Rifugio will host the second edition of Domenica Bestiale, an event dedicated to "unconventional" pets and to the charities which take care of them.

Giorgina with her newborn filly

Welcome baby! Giorgina's filly is born

Long legs, sweet eyes and the same colours as her mother: the night between 21 and 22 June, our resident donkey Giorgina gave birth to her little filly. And everyone is already in...

Application Form for Farm Worker position

Would you like to join our small and friendly team in Sala Biellese?

Practical advice from Animals' Angels regarding transportation in the hot summer months

Practical advice from Animals' Angels regarding transportation in the hot summer months

Animals' Angels International has provided a list of practical advice to reduce hear...

Matei enjoyed every single ray of sunshine

Goodbye Matei

The day when Matei was put to sleep it was raining, and we thought that he, such a sun-lover, would have disliked that ugly weather.

Volunteers and staff together during last IRDA's birthday party

Wannabe volunteers gathering on 25th June

If you're interested in volunteering at our Rifugio or you wish to know more about how you can help, please join us in Sala Biellese for a dedicated meeting on Saturday 25th...