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Once again thanks for visiting.
General Manager, Italy
If you've missed the chance to join our previous Grooming Days, or if you'd love to enjoy one more before Winter stop, don't hesitate to come and visit il Rifugio next Sunday: on 1st December, from 2 pm, we're waiting for you to cuddle our donkeys and experience grooming, their daily routine.
Those growing tummies were a big proof, but after ultrasounds made by our Vet Luca Merlone there are no more doubts: new births are going to cheer our Rifugio up!
After Carmela, Gelsomina, Moretta and Cristina, we have got the confirmation that more donkeys rescued during Colleferro's emergency are pregnant.
If you're planning a visit to Fieracavalli (Verona Fiere, 7-10 November 2014) don't forget to come and say hello to our staff! You will find us at pad. P6, stand B3 (here you can find a quick map.
Even if weather was no good at all, one hundred of donkeys' lovers didn't miss the chance to meet and groom our donkeys last Sunday.
Days are getting shorter and Il Rifugio will close a little earlier for the winter months: from the 1st October, IRDA’s opening time is 10 am -5 pm.
Dear donkeys' friends and lovers, also this year you have the chance to spend a whole year with the donkeys: just order your copy of IRDA's 2014 Calendar! A3 size, with 14 pages full of colors where you can find pictures by photographer Rachele Totaro, graphics by Lodovica Giorsa and, obviously, many gorgeous donkey-models living at our shelter!
He was born on 3rd September from Chanel, rescued in Tuscany after a bad case of mistreatment: the fifth foal born this summer at Il Rifugio is a lovely, lively baby.
Everything's ready for IRDA's Birthday Party: on Sunday 25th August we are waiting all donkeys lovers to celebrate first four years of opening.
From 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm, our center will home educational labs, games for children and adults, animal welfare charities' stalls, and much, much more!
Countdown to Il Rifugio's Birthday Party: on Sunday 25th August we are going to celebrate our 4th opening anniversary with all donkey lovers.
It was Sunday 22nd August 2009 when we opened to public and since then we have had over 55,000 visitors, included 5,500 children from School visits.