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Help us to protect donkeys and mules

Adopt

Join the adoption family and you'll have a friend for life

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A unique way to support our ongoing work

Foster

Provide a home to a pair of donkeys

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

During Grooming Day visitors can learn how to brush donkeys supervised by our staff
Sunday, 30 October, 2016 - 11:00 to 17:00

Grooming Day are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

During Grooming Day visitors can learn how to brush donkeys supervised by our staff
Sunday, 18 September, 2016 - 11:00 to 18:00

Grooming Day are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

Donkey Poldo watches visitors during birthday party's last edition
Sunday, 28 August, 2016 - 10:00 to 18:00

Come and celebrate with us our 7th birthday!

Grooming, guided tours, activities, stands and much more to dicscover.

Durante il Grooming Day potete imparare a spazzolare gli asinelli e passare del tempo speciale con loro
Sunday, 31 July, 2016 - 10:00 to 18:00

A special event dedicated to all "unconventional" pets and to the charities which take care of them.

During Grooming Day visitors can learn how to brush donkeys supervised by our staff
Sunday, 26 June, 2016 - 11:00 to 18:00

Grooming Day are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care 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.

LATEST NEWS

The report has been presented at last meeting of the Eurogroup Equine Working Group

Donkey milk industry welfare standards under examination

A year-long investigation to determine the welfare standards of donkeys associated with the European donkey milk industry is to be discussed...

Live animal transportation: donkeys for meat

Eurogroup for Animals: Stop The Trucks campaign

The Donkey Sanctuary has collaborated with Eurogroup for Animals on their recently launched campaign to address shortcomings of the current live animal transportation...

Ilaria is hugging filly Sheila

5X1000 2014: we raised over 52,000 euros!

In 2014 1,736 Italian people chose to donate their 5X1000 (a part of the taxes) to our Rifugio, allowing us to raise 52,290.83 euros for the donkeys: the results were...

Sandra is one of the 52 donkeys rescued in Colleferro

52 new lifes: mission accomplished!

Today it's April Fools' Day, buy we're not joking: thanks to your support, our dream to gift 52 brand new lifes to donkeys, mules and hinnies rescued in Colleferro has finally come true...

Bluto is one of our donkey-therapists

Basic Couse for AAI

From 22 to 24 April our Rifugio will host the Basic Course for those in the AAI framework who want to acquire as part of the IAA the role of animal coadjutor, veterinary skilled in AAI, project supervisor, intervention...

Vincenzino con Marianna nei giorni successivi al salvataggio

5X1000: Vincenzino

Before coming into our care, many donkeys suffered from abandon and lack of food and cares.