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

Small superheroes for the donkeys
Monday, 2 October, 2017 - 09:01 to Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 00:00

Are you an illustrator, a graphic designer, an artist?

Viola on 2018 calendar cover
Tuesday, 26 September, 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 23:59

If you wish to spend a whole year with the donkeys, don't miss Il Rifugio 2018 calendars: they are available in two sizes, with different pictures...

A moment of grooming in the elderly donkeys area
Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00

Grooming Days are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

A moment of grooming in the elderly donkeys area
Sunday, 10 December, 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00

Grooming Days 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

Marisa and Ombra live in Rufus bis stable

A part of our Rifugio is closed to public for skin fungi

Since today and at least for one month, our Rifugio will be partially closd to public (Rufus/Pippo areas): our vet found skin fungi in Rufus-bis barn and we...

September on 2018 wall calendar

Biella: three collecting points for the calendars

If you live in Biella area, you can find our 2018 calendars in three shops besides our Rifugio: Tamagno (near Piazza Martiri), Robin Bookstore (via Seminari 8),...

Donkeys at our Rifugio

Before sharing a post found on Facebook...

"I'm forwarding you this post found on Facebook, please help this donkey or he will be send to slaughterhouse". "I received this message on WhatsApp, a milk farm is selling 15 foals,...

Fireworks - Creative Commons

Donkeys and fireworks - top tips

The Donkey Sanctuary is reminding donkey owners to keep their pets safe during the weeks surrounding bonfire night.

Donkeys can become frightened at this time of year and occasionally...

Helpfreely aiuta il Rifugio degli Asinelli

First donations are coming from Helpfreely

We just got a message from Helpfreely: the first donations generated through supporters' online shopping (without any additional costs for the buyer) are coming!

Mules and hinnies at our Rifugio

Open on 1st November

Even if it Bank Holiday in Italy, our Rifugio will be open regularly from 10 am to 5 pm.