Donate

Help us to protect donkeys and mules

Adopt

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

Sponsor

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, 4 December, 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, 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.

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

Our vet is visiting little foal Viola

Our vet announces: "Viola is no more in critical conditions"

Today it was the time for the second medical update about little Viola, the foal refused by mother at birth that we're taking care of...

2017 calendar is available in two sizes: wall and desk

How to order your copy of 2017 calendar

Dear donkeyt friends, for 2017 our calendar doubles and is available in 2 sizes: wall calendar and desk calendar.

But it's not only size which changes: pictures are different...

Neglected by mother, Ginger's filly needs help

This tiny filly needs you

One week ago, we were contacted through our vet for an emergency: a ginny refused her newborn filly, not providing any milk or care.

As our welfare officer realized, it wasn't the first time it happened...

Volunteer Valeria framed during the Party

Thanks for celebrating with us

It was the hottest day of Summer so far, but 1000 of you didn't mind and enjoyed us for our Big Summer Party, to celebrate our 7th anniversary of opening to public.

Grooming, guided tours and...

Poster of Big Summer Party 2016

Big Summer Party: here we go!

Next Sunday, 28th August, we're going to host the biggest event of the year: its name changed from "Birthday" to "Summer Party", but what aren't change are passion and all the funny events you can...

Nerone and Birba meet Sole and Matilde

Nerone and Birba: re-homing turns to 40

With Nerone and Birba leaving our Rifugio last week (destination: Genoa), the number of donkeys featured in our re-homing scheme increased to 40!