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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.
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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.
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....
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...
Would you like to volunteer at our Rifugio? We are looking for help in cleaning stables, making food, grooming, welcoming visitors during events... There are lots of thing to do!