Barbara and Tudor

I really do thank you for taking the time to visit our site and hope you will be able to support the work we do here in Italy.

We have tried to make it as easy as possible to navigate the site and on the right hand side you will find all the information relating to our work and all the ways that you can help us. The fact that you have taken the time to visit means a lot to me and if you can make a small donation before you leave it will make such a difference to our work as we receive no government grants or other income other than donations from our supporters.

If you have any suggestions for improving this site or do not find what you are looking for please leave a comment for me as I need all the feedback and help I can get.

Once again thanks for visiting.

Barbara Massa
General Manager, Italy

Join "Una Domenica Bestiale!" on 27th July

Una Domenica Bestiale!

We hope it's just the first of a long series: we're happy and proud to announce you that on Sunday 27th July our Rifugio will held the 1st edition of "Una Domenica Bestiale", an event dedicated to friend-charities working for "unconventional animals".

Charity dinner and Grooming Day for a very special weekend


Two special events in the first Summer weekend: a charity dinner for the donkeys on Saturday 21st June and Summer Grooming Day on Sunday 22nd.

Marco the mule: now you can adopt our beautiful French boy!

Marco the mule: now you can adopt him!

We started to give some hints on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, and we know that many of you were waiting for the official announcement, so here we are: starting from today, Marco the mule has joined the distance adoption program!

Donkey school: new courses scheduled

Are you ready to come back to school? Don’t worry: we’re talking about a very special one. Starting from July, our Welfare Officers Fabrizio Massa and Marianna Lionetti will hold several courses dedicated to donkey care and needs.

A dinner for the donkeys

Veg-dinner for the donkeys

Doing good has never been so good: on Saturday 21st of June at 8 pm, Cuore Verde association will hold a fundraising cruelty-free dinner at local branch of Caritas (Biella, via Novara 4B).

Donkeys on national TV channel: here's the link

Cronache Animali - Rai2 (frame)

Cronache Animali Troupe joined us some weeks ago: a talk with our Country Manager Barbara Massa, some shots and a lot of cuddles to the donkeys. And yesterday the story was broadcast on national TV channel Rai2.

New training course for people interested in volunteering

Meeting volunteers

On Saturday 17th May our Welfare Officher will held a course for people interested in volunteering in farm. Booking is mandatory, no fee.

1st May Grooming Day: 600 times thank you!

Grooming Day: close meeting

A beautiful sunny day in the middle of a cold rainy week: this time weather supported our Grooming Day and over 600 people joined us on the 1st May.

1st May: it's time for Grooming Day!

Grooming Day May 2012

On Thursday 1st May our Rifugio will host the second Grooming Day of the year: if you wish to know more about donkeys and their daily care, just come and visit us from 2 pm. No booking, no admission fees are required: just comfy clothes & shoes and, most of all, your passion for donkeys!

Become Rifugio's eyes

Please help us to monitor Italian donkey races and other feasts which involve donkeys


Il Rifugio degli Asinelli O.N.L.U.S is affiliated with The Donkey Sanctuary based in the UK.