Help us to protect donkeys and mules


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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.


Sunday, 23 August, 2015 - 10:00 to 18:30

Grooming area, games, music, dance and much more will be part of IRDA's big birthday party.

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Sunday, 2 August, 2015 - 10:00 to 17:00

On Sunday 2nd August our Rifugio will host the first Learning Animals Workshop dedicated to donkeys!


Brushes, passions and donkeys: those are the ingredients that make Grooming Days so special.

She'a always been a bit chubby, but now her extra kilos were too much: to protect Ombra's health, it was necessary to put her on a diet...

Today our mules and hinnies were moved to their new paddock, which is exactly opposite the one that homed them so far.

On Friday 26th June our Rifugio will close at 1 pm (opening time: 10 am).

Dear friends, this time we need your help in the form of two Facebook likes.