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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.
In order to complete the prophylaxis agains lice, a part of our Rifugio will be closed to visitors until further notice.
One year ago, our Welfare officer Fabrizio Massa received a complain about two donkeys, living with a mare and two ponies in a town in the Alps, Bardonecchia.
All of them had awful...
Job recruitment: Il Rifugio degli Asinelli is looking for a Centre Assistant/Groom.
Supporting the Country Manager, you will assist with the provision of donkey assisted therapy for children and adults...
For three weekends (17-18-19 March, 1-2 April, 22-23 April), our Rifugio will host the basic course for donkey-coadjutor...
Almost 38,000 kilos of food have been delivered as a response to the emergency caused by the tragic mix of extraordinary snowfall and...
Don't declare your love... bray it loud! We can help you to find the perfect gift for your Valentine, and you will help our gorgeous donkeys. It's a win-win!