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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.
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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.
Il Rifugio degli Asinelli was established in 2006 and is a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary, UK.
On Sunday 23 March we will hold the first Grooming Day of the year: a monthly event which let everyone become "Groom for a day".
Today 20 March, it's celebrated Worldwide the International Day Of Happiness, a global movement for a happier world. So we want to ask you: what does make you happy?
Last week we spread the news of a big seizure in Lunghezza, near Rome, involving about 60 donkeys, mules, ponies and horses.
As the first aid...
Even our Rifugio was affected by bad weather which hit Italy lately (the reason why we decided to postpone the day of the volunteers, scheduled for this Sunday), but we did not let ourselves be surprised by the freezing cold!...
Our Country Manager Barbara Massa and Welfare Advisor Fabrizio are currently in Lunghezza, near Rome, to help about 60 donkeys, mules, horses and...