Deep scars healed
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Come and visit our 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.
New postal costs for shipping in Italy have entered into force one week ago and they result in higher shipping rates for our calendar....
From 1st October to 31rd March our Rifugio will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.
We all know than donkeys bray, but ours love to tweet too!
Giant donkeys Othello and Vincenzo and the Prealps as background: 2016 calendar cover reflects the true essence of our Rifugio!
Many of you are asking if Ombra's diet is having some good results.
We've scored another important goal after our sixth birthday.