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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

Donkeys Alice and Primrose at local nursery for project Asinido

Learning empathy with project Asinido

Who would not love to have two special schoolmates with long ears and lot of fur like Alice and Primrose?

They are involved in project Asinido: children of Mongrando nursery meet...

Fabrizio, Denis and Vet feeding Viola at her arrival

5X1000: in 2015 we were chosen by 2061 people, 65.636,43€ raised!

Yesterday the Income revenue authority has published the list of choices related to 5X1000 (referring to 2015): 2061 Italian taxpayers...

Ethiopia Working Donkeys

Ethiopia bans donkey skin trade

Traders have been prevented from targeting the world’s largest donkey population thanks to a move by the Ethiopian government, which will also safeguard the livelihoods of millions of Ethiopia...

Viola today, finally safe and healthy

5X1000: Viola's story

Behind every rescue there's a long story made of time, care, hard work. And money, also: because it is fundamental to cover the huge expenses that is possible to face during emergencies.

Tudor and Ken are two old donkeys homed at our Rifugio

Regular opening time for Easter and Easter Monday

Why don't you spend Easter or Easter Monday with our donkeys?

We'll be open as usual from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.: free entry, no booking is required....

With Teaming you can donate 1€ each month: the same cost of an espresso cup

Teaming: help us with 1€ for month

We bet that if donkeys drank coffee, you would you be happy to offer them a cup. Well: with Teaming, you can do it - or rather, you can donate 1 € per month, the equivalent of an espresso at the...