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If you live and work in Italy, you can donate your 5X1000 of taxes to our Rifugio just filling the proper box in the tax declaration with the code...
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.
Today, 6 July 2018, is the Kiss World Day: we have chosen to celebrate it in our own way, with a succession of "kisses" exchanged by our donkeys over the years.
This July come and meet our wonderful donkeys! We are open every day, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m: free entry and no booking is required to pay a visit to the 135 donkeys and mules hosted at our Rifugio.
f you love yoga and donkeys, do not take commitments for Saturday, July 14: our Rifugio will host the last appointment with Ih-oh ... ga! before the summer break....
The countdown has begun: on July 29, at our Rifugio will once again be the Bestial Sunday, the event that every two years brings to Sala Biellese charities that, just like us, deal with "...
The Donkey Sanctuary staff recently visited the island of Santorini to assess the conditions of these hardworking animals. Despite our longstanding efforts, we were dismayed by the suffering we...
This Sunday it's Grooming Day: are you still in doubt whether to join it or not?
In this video we give you ten reasons (plus one) to join.