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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

Grooming Day: visitors learn how to take care of donkeys
Sunday, 1 May, 2016 - 11:00 to 17:00

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

Grooming Day: visitors learn how to take care of donkeys
Sunday, 10 April, 2016 - 11:00 to 17:00

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

Grooming Day: visitors learn how to take care of donkeys
Sunday, 20 March, 2016 - 11:00 to 17:00

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

LATEST NEWS

Il Rifugio degli Asinelli is set in a beautiful scenery sadly location of hunting

Open-letter about wild boars control policy

Some days ago, the associations represented at the bottom have discovered from local newspapers that the County of Biella is implementing a new "plan to contain wild...

Valentine's Gift Pack (available for Italy only)

Adopt a donkey for Valentine's Day

At Valentine's Day you can show your love twice: adopt a donkey and your gift of love will reach your beloved ones and all the donkeys, mules and hinnies we take care of here at our...

Closed on 20th January 2016

On 20th January 2016 we'll be closed

Due to work on the power grid and a failure of the electrical supply that will involve our center, on Wednesday 20th January our Rifugio will be closed to the public.

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Grooming Day: brushes and cuddles for donkey Tudor

Grooming Days 2016: the complete calendar

Grooming Days are special events created by Italian Country Manager Barbara Massa to raise more awareness about donkeys needs and care and to promote a closer relationship...

Green collars identify the donkeys you can adopt

Christmas 2015 adoption certificates: deadline is 23rd December

Dear friends, we wish to say thanks to all of you for deciding to donate an adoption to your friends and family this Christmas....

Cover of 2016 IRDA Calendar

2016 calendar: the new year is better in donkeys' company!

Giant donkeys Othello and Vincenzo and the Prealps as background: 2016 calendar cover reflects the true essence of our Rifugio!

Inside you...