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, 20 September, 2015 - 11:00 to 17:00

During Fall Grooming Day everyone will have the change to groom our donkeys and join a free guided tour of our Rifugio.

No entry fee neither booking: just join us to spend a special day with the donkeys!


We've scored another important goal after our sixth birthday.

Despite bad weather, over 800 people joined us last Sunday to celebrate our sixth anniversary of opening.

The Prealps around Biella were his home: up and down the paths, Moro used to look after the flock and carry on his comfy back the lambs...

As we did last year, Pro Loco of Sala and Bornasco will prepare lunch during Il Rifugio's birthday party on 23/8.

For all August Il Rifugio degli Asinelli will be regularly open from 10 am to 6.30 pm.

In the last days, donkey Bluto reached elderly guests of retirement home "Città del Sole" in Dorzano (BI).