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During Halloween Grooming Day little vampires are welcome
Sunday, 25 October, 2015 - 11:00 to 16:00

Brushes, weird creatures and donkeys: here it is Halloween Grooming Day!

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.


Donkey Baby is holding her very own copy of 2016 calendar

New postal costs for shipping in Italy have entered into force one week ago and they result in higher shipping rates for our calendar....

Filippo brays while his donkey friends are grazing peacefully

From 1st October to 31rd March our Rifugio will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.

A funny face of Shorty (Alin is in the background)

We all know than donkeys bray, but ours love to tweet too!

Cover of 2016 IRDA Calendar

Giant donkeys Othello and Vincenzo and the Prealps as background: 2016 calendar cover reflects the true essence of our Rifugio!

Ombra and her best friend Marisa

Many of you are asking if Ombra's diet is having some good results.

Three giant donkeys are playing in their paddock

We've scored another important goal after our sixth birthday.