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Help us to protect donkeys and mules

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Foster

Provide a home to a pair of donkeys

Forthcoming events

Grooming Day al Rifugio degli Asinelli
Sunday, 30 September, 2018 - 10:30 to 17:30

Come and join us to learn how to take care of the donkeys and to cuddle them without any barriers: it's Grooming Day, the monthly event created by...

Gli Orti de La Malpenga
Saturday, 29 September, 2018 - 09:30 to Sunday, 30 September, 2018 - 18:30

Our Rifugio degli Asinelli will be present at the market exhibition dedicated to the vegetable garden and the autumn orchard that will take place...

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

L'asinello Coconut è pronto per l'affidamento

Re-homing goes wide: now all Italian Regions can apply

From Val d'Aosta to Calabria: our re-homing scheme extends to all Italian regions (Sicily and Sardinia excluded), to allow a growing number of...

Grooming Day al Rifugio degli Asinelli

September Grooming Day

Come and join us to learn how to take care of the donkeys and to cuddle them without any barriers: it's Grooming Day, the monthly event created by Il Rifugio degli Asinelli to promote reciprocate knowledge...

Santorini

Positive talks with Mayor of Santorini

The Donkey Sanctuary and its partner, Greek Animal Welfare Fund/Animal Action Hellas (GAWF), held positive talks on 24 August with the Mayor of Santorini, Anastasios-Nikolaos Zorzos, who...

Accreditato il 5X1000 2016

The Revenue Agency has credited 2016 5X1000

On August 16th, the Revenue Agency has credited the amount of 5X1000 2016 (referring to the incomes of 2015): 74,532.14 Euros, the result of the choices of 2287 of you, for...

Gli Orti de La Malpenga

Il Rifugio will join "Gli Orti de la Malpenga"

Our Rifugio degli Asinelli will be present at the market exhibition dedicated to the vegetable garden and the autumn orchard that will take place at La...

Yoga con gli asinelli

Yoga with the donkeys

After the Summer break, it's time for Ih-oh... ga again: join us to have a special yoga session with the donkeys!

You will spend two unforgettable hours into the woods, with the special company of our donkey and...