Help us to protect donkeys and mules


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


A unique way to support our ongoing work


Provide a home to a pair 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.


Sunday, 22 March, 2015 - 14:00 to 16:30

Save the date: on Sunday 22th March we'll start the event season with the Spring Grooming Day.


We got a huge number of requests and they are finally arrived: we present the terracotta figurines of Agostino, Alin, Clementina,...

This Valentine share your love: adopt a donkey for yourself or for the one you love!

They arrived in Bradet, in the heart of Romania, in the past weeks: to welcome the donkeys Sile and Remy, saved by the Romanian base of...

It all started with a phonecall from make-up factory Neve Cosmetics, saying that our Rifugio was chosen to receive a generous gift of...

Dear friends, best wishes from donkeys, mules, hinnies and humans at Il Rifugio!

Christmas is coming and also the deadline for Christmas adoptions is approaching: to grant you to receive in time your adoption...